Following on from the Jean-Pierre Wimille edition in its Legend range of six special models commemorating figures in the company’s history, Bugatti has announced details of its tribute to Jean Bugatti, the company founder’s son and creator of the Type 57SC Atlantic.
Once again based on the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, the ‘Jean Bugatti’ is finished in jet black, clear-coated carbon fibre and features diamond-cut rims, while the horse shoe radiator grille and EB badge on the rear have been crafted from platinum – a first for the company. Fittingly, the signature of Jean Bugatti has been engraved onto the car’s petrol and oil caps.
Moving inside, the seats, steering wheel, dashboard section, inner door trim panels are upholstered in chocolate brown leather, with the centre console, floor outer door panels and surrounds covered in contrasting beige. Silhouettes of the Type 57SC have been embroidered into the doors and storage compartment, while the selector lever is constructed from rosewood as a final nod to Jean’s iconic creation.
Using the 8.0-litre W16 from the 431 km/h Super Sport – complete with upgraded turbochargers, the Vitesse enjoys an elephantine 895 kW (1,200 hp) and 1,500 Nm of torque, rather than the usual 746 kW (1,001 hp) and 1,250 Nm seen in the regular open-topped model. The Vitesse was also recognised as the world’s fastest open-top production sports car after reaching 408.84 km/h (254.04 mph) at Ehra-Lessien.
Just three examples will be produced at a price of 2.28 million euros – plus taxes.