Top-speed champs in the motoring industry have been there since Henry Ford came on the scene and changed everything. Every decade, a new car checks in and topples the old champ, which is pushed to the side or sent to oblivion. In all of history, however, there has never been a renowned top-speed champ like the Bugatti. The car got instant fame after dethroning the 230 mph McLaren F1 that dominated the ’90s and seemed like it would never lose. Of course, McLaren tried hard to beat the Bugatti, but the car bounced back stronger as the fastest in the universe.
- BUGATTI’S FATHER WAS A WELL-RENOWNED AWARD-WINNING ARTIST
A VEYRON COULD BE ORDERED WITH A DIAMOND-STUDDED SPEEDOMETER
You were waiting to see the diamond-studded speedometer, right? But you can’t. That’s because we haven’t come across one or a photo of any on the interwebs for that matter. Well, Bugatti—the Veyron, to be specific—is perhaps the only car that lets you order your own signature one with a custom speedometer littered with diamonds. Yes, pure diamonds! They probably glitter as you increase your speeds, lol.
A BUGATTI TEST ALMOST BLEW UP ITS FACTORY
THE CHIRON IS BELIEVED TO BE THE BEST-EVER BUGATTI
THE FRONT GRILLE OF BUGATTI’S USED TO BE MADE FROM ALUMINUM
BUGATTI CREATED PLANES WHILE HOPING TO BEAT THE GERMANS
THE VEYRON IS NAMED AFTER PIERRE VEYRON
When you heard of the Bugatti Veyron landing in the market, you probably thought, “Wow, what a dope name!” right? Maybe you just wanted to know what it meant or how the name came into being, but whatever the case, the name itself oozed class and luxury. But perhaps, what you didn’t know is that the name “Veyron” was derived from a top racer of the French Grand Prix, Pierre Veyron, who was born in 1903 and died about 67 years later, in 1970. The race driver was known for his top-notch performances on the race track between 1933 and 1953, which is probably why he was such a legend. Bugatti hired him in 1932 as a test driver for the car, which he even entered races with and won many of them. This is why Bugatti named the car after him—to honour him for his great service and for his dedicated fight against German occupation by the French Resistance army.
THERE ARE ONLY TWO BUGATTI 57SC ATLANTICS IN THE WORLD
This car may not look all that. Maybe it wouldn’t have been given much attention had it not been part of the Bugatti family. Meet the Bugatti 57 SC Atlantics, of which there are only two in the whole world—one owned by Ralph Lauren, one of the leading fashion designers in the world. The cars, which were manufactured from 1934 to 1940, came in two basic variants: the original type 57 and the lowered type 57 SC (Surbaisse Compresseur), which is what Lauren owns.
VW ACQUIRED BUGATTI
In 1998, Volkswagen, the world’s largest automaker, acquired Bugatti, just three years after the company was declared bankrupt and was on the brink of closure. We’re not even going to delve into the details and the amount of the deal, but it’s definitely in the high millions. In the same year, VW also bought top supercar brands like Lamborghini, Bentley, and the renowned epitome of luxury cars, Rolls-Royce.
AFTER 450 VEYRONS, THE CAR’S PRODUCTION WAS KILLED
Thus far, all the 450 Bugatti Veyrons produced have been sold—this, according to what VW had promised when the number got to 450. And so, they seized production of the Veyron, sadly. In case you were saving up to get one for yourself, sorry, it’s a wrap!
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