The man of records: the car collector who owns the Bugatti that has broken the barriers of speed

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Bugattis It’s not just another car brand. It is the one that best combines luxury and sportiness. Its headquarters have an atelier where their models are assembled by hand and with a chateau Where are their administrative offices? That’s how special the French brand is.

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Throughout its history it has been like this and it has always pursued the avant-garde, both in terms of quality and performance. That’s why he repeatedly broke speed or acceleration records.

There’s a very special owner who owns three copies which represent the avant-garde that the company pursues on a permanent basis.

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The Bugatti record collection, with Château Saint Jean in the background.

These are three cars that hold some world records: the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport World Record Edition, the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse World Record Edition and the Chiron Super Sport 300+.

As explained by Bugatti, their desire was to “bring them home, reunite them with the place where they came to life and with the team that made it possible”. A dream that came true when the three record-breaking sports cars were carefully driven to the Château Saint Jean. The owner’s name has not been released.

As if something were missing, these models, belonging to the Singh Collection, based in Punjab, India; They arrived with two other models from the French brand, also from the same collection: a Bugatti Veyron Pur Sang and a Divo. Taking only the selling prices these 5 models add up more than 15 million dollars.

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The two Vyeron models from the Bugatti record collection.

The two Vyeron models from the Bugatti record collection.

This dedication to achieving speeds unparalleled in the modern Bugatti era dates back to June 2010, almost 13 years ago. On the Ehra-Lessien test track that day, a Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, powered by an evolution of the 1,200 HP W16 engine, set a record of 431.07 km/hbreaking the speed of the previous keeper.

The man behind the wheel that day was Pierre-Henri Raphanel, Bugatti works driver and former racing driver, who welcomed the collector in Molsheim and shared with him the excitement of his world record-breaking experience.

Three years after the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport set its record, Bugatti would create another benchmark, a The fastest open car in the world with the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, traveling at 408.84 km/h with the roof closed. The Veyron was produced until 2015.

The 5 Bugattis brought by their owner to Molsheim.

The 5 Bugattis brought by their owner to Molsheim.

The latest world record-holding model, the Chiron Super Sport 300+, was built to celebrate the first production car to travel over 300 mph (482.80 km/h).

In 2019, a variant of the 300+ went 300mph at the hands of Bugatti works driver and 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Andy Wallace, who later became the first person to exceed 300mph in a production car.

Wallace himself made the trip to Molsheim to meet again with the lucky owner of this collection and to be a part of this historic gathering.

The 15-litre Bugatti champagne that the collector left at the headquarters of the French brand.

The 15-litre Bugatti champagne that the collector left at the headquarters of the French brand.

To mark this special day, all of their cars were signed by Bugatti design director Achim Anscheidt, with a special note for the three world record-holding models reading: ‘In a friendship of records. Molsheim, 4/26/ 2. 3’.

To immortalize this unrepeatable moment, the drivers Andy Wallace and Pierre-Henri Raphanel have also signed the Chiron Super Sport 300+ and the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport World Record Edition.

In return, the customer gave a special gift from his collection, to be kept in Molsheim. In late 2022, Bugatti teamed up with Champagne Carbon to develop the exclusive La Bouteille Noire, a handcrafted carbon fiber case in the style of La Voiture Noire3, which housed within its leather-wrapped interior a bottle of 15 liter champagne. .

Source: Clarin

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