As part of the Monterey Car Week, Bugatti is celebrating the conclusion of its “Les Légendes de Bugatti” edition (Bugatti Legends). As are all the other Legends, the “Ettore Bugatti” edition – which honors the founder and patron of the brand – is based on the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse. The super sports car is powered by a 1,183-horsepower, 8-liter W16 engine that transmits an unequaled 1,106 lb. ft. of torque at 3,000 to 5,000 rpm and rockets it from 0 to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds. With a maximum speed of 254 mph with the roof down, the Vitesse is the world’s fastest production roadster ever built. The design of the carbon body of the “Ettore Bugatti” is based on a 1932 Type 41 Royale and sports a “yin-yang” color split.
The front part is made of hand-polished aluminum and finished with a clear coating. For the first time, this material is used for the entire front and side panels including the bonnet, the mirror bases and housings, the exterior door handles and the corners of the bumpers, the wings, the doors, and the regions just behind them – the so-called “medallions” (in French). The vehicle’s rear, sill panels and A-pillar trims are finished with dark blue exposed carbon. Traditional calf’s leather is used throughout the vehicle interior. The exterior’s blue exposed carbon is present again in the vehicle interior, perfectly complemented by the seats’ dark blue seams. The eye-catching feature of the interior is the platinum-coated dancing elephant, that is inset in the cover of the rear center box and reminiscent of the hood ornament of the Type 41 Royale. The figure was originally sculpted by Ettore’s brother, Rembrandt.