Text: Mac Avendano / Photos: Bugatti Press | posted July 25, 2013 18:20
Super car maker Bugatti celebrates its heroes by designing special models and named after them.
Supercar maker Bugatti is celebrating its heroes by designing special models and naming them after these individuals. The first of this series is dedicated to Jean-Pierre Wimille, who garnered victories for Bugatti at Le Mans twice. The tribute car will make its debut at Monterey Auto Week in California next month.
The 'Jean-Pierre Wimille' Bugatti Legend is inspired by the 1937 blue 57G Tank that was a historic winning racecar. Bugatti will limit the production to three vehicles only.
Wimille was one of the longest-serving Bugatti test driver, almost exclusively throughout his career. In 1933, Ettore Bugatti invited him to take the position of official test driver for the brand. He made his victories more significant for Bugatti since former victories lay a few years in the past. His greatest racing achievement was his twin victories for Bugatti at Le Mans. Unfortunately, he died in 1949 due to a car crash in Buenos Aires.
There will be six key Bugatti figures (including Wimille) that will lend their names to the Legend edition of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse. The super sports car, launched in 2012, is officially the fastest series roadster in the world after achieving 253 MPH with the top down in April 2013.