Embodying over one hundred years of iconic automotive history, the Bugatti 1,200 HP Grand Sport Vitesse, specially built for the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, brings together the historic livery of the Grand Prix-winning Bugatti Type 37A and the advanced technology of the Grand Sport Vitesse for a singular driving experience.
Excellence is Timeless
The legendary craftsmanship and innovation of Ettore Bugatti have been distilled into the unparalleled experience of the 2012 Pebble Beach Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse. Bugatti’s Head of Tradition, historian Julius Kruta, worked alongside the Atelier Bugatti’s engineers to bring the essence of the original 1928 Bugatti Type 37A to life in this modern incarnation. Raced to victory at the Geneva Grand Prix by Le Mans victor and Bugatti patron Pierre Veyron, the historic Type 37A is part of a shared tradition that links the past and present glories of the Bugatti marque.
Power Then and Now
In 1928 the Type 37A, with its supercharged 1.5 liter 1500cc 4-cylinder engine capable of speeds in excess of 120 mph, was part of a wave of Bugatti vehicles that set the standard for speed on the race track and beyond. Today the 2012 Pebble Beach Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse continues that legacy with its 16-cylinder engine capable of 1,200 horsepower and speeds upwards of 250 mph, making the Grand Sport Vitesse the fastest modern production car on the road.
Crafted, Not Manufactured
Though it embodies cutting edge automotive technology, the 2012 Pebble Beach Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse came to life through a process that has changed little since the creation of Pierre Veyron’s Type 37A in 1928. Handcrafted by Bugatti’s exceptional engineers at the Atelier Bugatti in Molsheim, France, Test Pilot Pierre Henri Raphanel then put the Grand Sport Vitesse through its paces on the Atelier’s track, just as Pierre Veyron once did, allowing the engineers to fine-tune the vehicle for peak performance as they have throughout the century of Bugatti’s racing dominance. Though the Bugatti 1,200 HP Grand Sport Vitesse may not be bound for the Grand Prix, it is an automotive experience that Pierre Veyron would instantly recognize were he to climb behind the wheel today.
Ettore Bugatti’s birth in 1881 barely preceded that of the modern automobile. Born into a family of Milanese artists and brought up immersed in the fine arts, his parents might have seen him become an architect and sculptor like his grandfather, or perhaps a renowned furniture designer like his father. In truth he was destined to apply these art forms and more to his chosen medium: the automobile.
The 2012 Pebble Beach Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse continues to express this fine arts heritage, transcending its functional role as an automobile to become kinetic sculpture – a work of art on four wheels. The aluminum and steel that defined production in Ettore Bugatti’s day have given way to carbon fiber and titanium. Where parts were once born from Ettore’s mind and hand-milled to remarkable precision, today Bugatti’s world class engineers utilize digital design tools and modern computer-aided fabrication. Yet from Pierre Veyron’s Type 37A to the modern Bugatti editions that bear his name, a fundamental commitment to craftsmanship and attention to detail remain a unifying constant in all Bugatti vehicles.
Prove Yourself Worthy
By its very nature, true luxury is available only to a select few. In the era that saw the creation of Pierre Veyron’s Type 37A, prospective buyers had to demonstrate their worthiness to Ettore Bugatti before he would allow them to purchase one of his automobiles. With such a discerning heritage, it is not surprising that in over 100 years of operation fewer than 8,000 vehicles have been produced under the Bugatti marque. This one-of-a-kind Bugatti 1,200 HP Grand Sport Vitesse, specially built for the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, continues that tradition by offering a single individual the opportunity to show themself worthy of automotive luxury’s definitive manifestation.
Pierre Veyron was more than just an automotive legend. His bold and skillful driving brought him not only his Grand Prix victories but, perhaps even more impressive, a first-place finish at the world’s oldest and most storied endurance race: the 24-Hours of Le Mans. However it was beyond the track he fully demonstrated his remarkable character, earning the cross of the French Legion of Honor for fighting alongside fellow racecar drivers and Bugatti employees as a member of the French resistance in World War II.
A love of speed, a passion for automotive engineering and a dedication to the historic Bugatti marque. The 2012 Pebble Beach Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse is endowed with the ideals that defined the life of Pierre Veyron. Are you the driver to take up his mantle?
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