The Bugatti Veyron is much more than just a car. It is symbol of man overcoming the challenges of physics, it is a statement of determination and a dream made real. To the latest generation of petrol heads the Bugatti Veyron has been their poster car.
Volkswagen bought the rights to Bugatti back in 1998 and showed a host of concept cars featuring the worlds first W16 engine. It would be one of those concepts that would become the Veyron. A mandate of building the worlds fastest car at any cost was presented to Chief Designer Hartmut Warkuss. A target of 250MPH was set, but the car had to be more than fast. It had to be tranquil in the way it delivered its impressive performance. Many said it couldn’t be done, but after years of some simply astonishing engineering the 16.4 litre quad-turbo supercar was unveiled in 2003. With a top speed of 253MPH and 1001BHP the Veyron was not only the worlds fastest, but also most powerful production car. 0-62 was dealt with in just 2.5 seconds immediately banishing just about everything that called itself fast into redundancy.
Costing £1,000,000 when new, Bugatti actually made a loss of over £4,000,000 on every car sold. That is just how passionate the people behind this halo car were. When they said at any cost, they meant it. Whilst the Veyron might not be the most visually beautiful car in the world, it is beautiful in its functionality. It is a sculpture shaped by science.
Over the years there have been several special edition cars, each unique, building up to the total 450 cars. The most notable is the Super Sport. Garnished in black and orange this car is the fastest road production car in the world with a top speed of 267.8MPH. Just 30 of these 1,200BHP models exist.
And so here we arrive at car number 450. The last Bugatti Veyron. Named La Finale it is finished in a reverse of the colour scheme seen on the original Veyron. Coloured carbon and unique details see the Bugatti Veyron drive off into the pages of history.
It is a machine that immortalised the reputation of a company. It is a symbol of mans true engineering potential. It is today one of the most globally recognised cars on the planet. The Bugatti Veyron is many things to many people, but what it is in isolation is an achievement.
The Bugatti Veyron kisses the world goodnight.