The car forms part two of the six-part series of Grand Sport Vitesse open-top specials; three of each will be built, and this one celebrates the life and work of Ettore’s third child, Jean, who penned several of the marque’s cars during the 1930s including the Bugatti Atlantic Type 57SC that lends some heavy-handed cues to the new variant.
Jean Bugatti’s name is, of course, more than worthy of gracing any car from the legendary Molsheim manufacturer. It’s a tribute to his design work, but also his dedication and bravery – Jean tragically died while testing the Type 57C ‘Tank’ less than two months after it had triumphed at Le Mans, co-driven by one Pierre Veyron.
It’s fair to say the Veyron’s special edition’s design flourishes won’t be to everyone’s taste: they include black carbonfibre exterior finish, Guinness-tone leather upholstery with the 57SC’s profile reprised on the door cards and a sketch of Jean’s face etched into the kick plates. It’s not subtle, but it will surely find three buyers.
Then there are 12 more special-edition models to come in the series, leaving around 50 Veyron Grand Sport Vitesses to sell before the 150 target is reached (the last of 300 Veyron coupés were eventually sold last year), to be followed by a possible 1500bhp mega-Veyron swansong next year.