Following on from the ‘Jean Bugatti’ edition in its “Les Légendes de Bugatti” range of six special models commemorating figures in the company’s history, Bugatti has revealed its tribute to Meo Costantini.
A close friend of company founder Ettore Bugatti, Costantini was the head of Bugatti’s factory race team for eight years and was also a driver, winning the Targa Florio two times in the Bugatti Type 35. The new ‘Bugatti Dark Blue Sport’ paintwork specially developed for this vehicle was inspired by the Type 35, while the fenders, front bumper sections, mirrors, doors and adjoining panels are constructed from polished and clear-coated aluminium. Notable features include Costantini’s signatures laser-engraved into the aluminium tank and oil caps along with a silhouette of Targa Florio circuit painted on the underside of the wing.
Moving inside the cabin, the seat centres, roof and rear wall are trimmed in Gaucho leather, with the side cushions, centre console, door panels, dashboard panel and steering wheel all coated in Lake Blue hide. Finishing touches include a carbon fibre rear box with Targa Florio’s race route picked out in aluminium, while subtle racing scenes and vintage car motifs have been engraved onto the door panels.
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.
Due to make its debut at the Dubai International Motor Show today, just three examples will be created with a pre-taxes price tag of €2.09 million.