Sleek and elegant, the Veyron is a perfect harmony of enormous power, state-of-the-art technology and racy design. Only 450 Bugatti Veyrons were made over the decade and the last production vehicle – Bugatti Veyron laFinale – was displayed at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2015.
The Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 is a mid-engine supercar, designed and developed in Germany by the Volkswagen Group and manufactured in Molsheim, France, by Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. The Bugatti Veyron exterior was designed by Jozef Kabaň, a Slovak automobile designer. When the Veyron 16.4 was announced at the 2000 Geneva Motor Show, it was promised to be the fastest, most powerful and most expensive car in history. And they kept their promises.
Guinness World Records
Veyron is recognized by Guinness World Records as the fastest street-legal production car in the world, with a top speed of 430.9km/h.
The world popular BBC motoring show Top Gear have given the Veyron considerable praise:
- Car of the Decade and best car award (2000–2009)
- Top Gear’s Best Car Driven All Year award in 2005
- “The greatest car ever made and the greatest car we will ever see in our lifetime” – Jeremy Clarkson
- “It was a car that just rewrote the rule book really, an amazing piece of engineering, a genuine Concorde moment” – Jeremy Clarkson.
Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 – What’s in the Name?
The Veyron EB 16.4 is named in honour of Pierre Veyron, a Bugatti development engineer, test driver and company race driver who, with co-driver Jean-Pierre Wimille, won the 1939 24 hours of Le Mans while driving a Bugatti. The “EB” refers to Bugatti founder Ettore Bugatti and the “16.4” refers to the engine’s 16 cylinders and 4 turbochargers.
Since its creation in 1909 by Italian-born Ettore Bugatti, “Bugattis” were known for their design beauty (Ettore Bugatti was from a family of artists and considered himself to be both an artist and constructor) and for their many race victories. The death of Ettore Bugatti in 1947 proved to be the end for the marque, and the death of his son Jean Bugatti in 1939 ensured there was not a successor to lead the factory. The company struggled financially, and released one last model in the 1950s, before being sold in the 1960s. In the 1990s, an Italian entrepreneur revived it as a builder of limited production exclusive sports cars. Today, the name is owned by German automobile manufacturing group Volkswagen.
High Profile Bugatti Veyron Owners
- Tom Cruise – the movie star
- Ralph Lauren – the fashion designer
- Cristiano Ronaldo – the Real Madrid soccer star.
- Roustam Tariko – Standard Vodka CEO, one of the 500 Forbes richest persons in the world, and the first Russian to own the vehicle.
- Jay- Z – the rap artist received a $2 million Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport from his wife Beyonce for his 41st birthday.
- Richard Berry – known as “Mr Yellow Pages”. His legendary grandfather, Loren M. Berry, built up the world famous “Yellow Pages” telephone directory.
- Simon Cowell – the music mogul behind the American Idol and the X Factor shows
- Tom Brady – the three-time Super Bowl champion
- Nigo – the Japanese music producer and owner of the ‘A Bathing Ape’ line of clothing,
- Chris Brown – the bad boy of US RnB, Grammy award winner
- Katie Price – the British TV star
- Floyd Mayweather Jr. – the boxer
- Flo Rida – the famous singer and songwriter
- T-Pain – the rapper
- Xzibit – the rapper
- The Game – the rapper