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Frankfurt 2013: Bugatti Veyron 'Jean Bugatti' Legend

Frankfurt 2013: Bugatti Veyron 'Jean Bugatti' Legend image

Text: / Photos: Bugatti Press | posted September 10, 2013 12:48

The second of the 'Les Legendes de Bugatti' series pays tribute to the founder's son

Following the Facebook teaser of Bugatti a few days ago, the brand has finally revealed the second car in the ‘Les Legendes de Bugatti’ series: the Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse ‘Jean Bugatti’ Legend.

Revealed in Frankfurt today, the tribute car celebrates Gianoberto Carlo Rembrandt Ettore Bugatti. Also known as Jean, he was the eldest son of Ettore Bugatti and was considered the most gifted among the four Bugatti children.  Jean Bugatti was credited for creating the Type 57SC Atlantic. From the late 1920s onwards, Jean used his own structural and design ideas to influence the developments in the company. By 1936, he took over as head of the company at the age of 27. Despite dying 3 years after, his influence remained in his engine and chassis designs, and vehicle body concepts.

The technology in the Jean Bugatti tribute car was based on the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse. Its 8 liter W16 engine is capable of 1,200 PS and 1,500 Nm of torque. The car can go from 0-100 km/h in 2.6 seconds. The design was patterned after Jean’s creation, the Type 57SC Atlantic La Voiture Noire. Following such, the minimalist look features an exterior made of jet black, clear-coated carbon fiber and black diamond-cut rims. Jean Bugatti’s signature has been lasered on the gas and oil cap, and was painted Arctic grey.

With only three vehicles manufactured, each ‘Jean Bugatti’ Legend costs 2.28 million euros (about Php 133 million!) including tax and other charges.