Emerge the last of ‘Les Légendes de Bugatti ‘ and this one pays tribute to the Bugatti’s founder, Ettore Bugatti. The Creator of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S who have the name in each car… the EB logo if you don’t know means Ettore Bugatti.. now receives a special edition of Veyron.
The Bugatti Veyron Vitesse Ettore Bugatti presents a color scheme based on 1932 Type 41 Royale and presents a ‘Yin Yang’ color split, the Ettore Legend uses clear-coated aluminium in the front and dark-blue exposed carbon. This latest legend also uses a bespoke set of wheels, the polished, diamond-cut wheel rim with 8-spoke finished in dark blue…created by Ettore Bugatti.
The Interior presents a traditional calf’s leather in brown and details in platinum. The Bugatti Veyron Vitesse Ettore Bugatti Legend Edition sports the dancing elephant in the cover of the center box… this is the sculpture created by the Ettore’s younger brother, Rembrandt and reminiscent the hood ornament of the Type 41 Royale.
Such as all other Legend Editions, The Ettore Bugatti is based on Bugatti Veyron Vitesse with its 1200 ponies produced by a 8.0-liter W16 engine and boasting the title of fastest roadster in the world with a top speed of 254 mph ( 408 km/h ) reached with the top down and an acceleration from zero to 62 in just 2.6 seconds.
The Bugatti Veyron Vitesse Ettore Bugatti Legend will be present on the 2014 Quail Monterey Car Week on August 15, where last year was present the first legend, the Bugatti veyron vitesse Jean-Pierre Wimille, and the other 5 legends will be displayed too.. the car also will be displayed in Pebble Beach concours d’Elegance on August 17 2014.
As all legends, the Ettore Bugatti Legend is limited to just three units and each one has a price of 2.35 million euro.
Ettore Arco Isidoro Bugatti – his full name – was born in Milan on 15 September 1881, the second child of this highly creative family. His parents hoped that he would pursue an artistic career like his father and grandfather before him. But instead he became fascinated with technology, leaving the “Accademia die Belle Arti di Brera” in Milan to begin, at 17, an apprenticeship in a bicycle/tricycle factory. There he built his first motorized tricycle, and soon thereafter his first automobile. The construction was so remarkable that it earned him a prize at an internationally recognised exhibition in Milan. In the following year, he moved to Niederbronn in Alsace, where the manufacturer De Dietrich, impressed with Bugatti’s first construction, trusted him with the management of automobile manufacture. Ettore Bugatti developed new models and took part in several car races until 1904. After leaving De Dietrich & Cie, he took on a number of jobs in automobile construction, including a job at the Deutz gas engine factory in Cologne in September 1907. At this time, Bugatti privately developed a very light vehicle, the Type 10, which he built a little later under his own name. He left Deutz in 1909 and leased the empty buildings of a former dyeworks factory in Molsheim (Alsace) and founded his own automotive company. Production of the T13 began and grew year by year.
Thereafter came other light sports cars and an entry into motor racing. Bugatti enjoyed racing successes at Le Mans in 1920 and four times at Brescia in 1921. He built the famous Type 35 Grand Prix car in 1925, an automobile that won an incredible 412 races in only its first nine months. It was during these years that production of those automobiles people associate with the Bugatti brand was begun. Racing, sport and touring cars of their quality can hardly be found from any other factory. The prototype for the kingly limousine was produced in 1926: the Type 41 Royale.
Ettore was a versatile inventor. He not only built cars but also dedicated some of his time to the construction of trains, aeroplanes and boats. So it was that Royale engines were produced for the new high-speed train for French railways in Molsheim at the beginning of the 1930s.
Production of the Type 57 began in 1934. This best-selling touring car’s body was designed by Ettore’s son Jean. Ettore handed over day-to-day running of the business to Jean in 1936, by which time his son had made a name for himself as an exceptionally gifted designer. Ettore’s hopes for the future of the company rested on his son’s shoulders. Tragically, Jean died in an automobile accident in 1939, a heavy blow for Ettore that also had consequences for the company. Ettore Bugatti died from complications arising from pneumonia on 21 August 1947 in Paris. His business was closed upon sale of the company at the beginning of the 1960s. It was not until Volkswagen acquired the brand rights in 1998 and began development of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 that the foundations for a sustainable and successful continuation of the brand were laid. Ettore Bugatti’s legacy is still present today and lives on in the brand. ( text via bugatti.com )