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The Grand Sport Vitesse's W16 produced 1,167bhp and propelled the roadster to a top speed of 408km/h making it the fastest car in its segment to this day.

13 Aug 2022 | International News : France

Bugatti is celebrating its 1,167bhp Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse which attained status of fastest roadster to this day with its achievement of 408km/h. President of Bugatti Automobiles, Christophe Pichon, remembers how customers expressed desire for an open top version of the Veyron Super Sport coupe after its release which resulted in Bugatti's engineers spending the subsequent months developing the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse.

Making a roadster version of the Veyron Super Sport proved to be a great challenge due to having to achieve sufficient driving stability and redefining rollover protection. However, engineers managed to achieve this by reinforcing the Veyron's specific structural design with a removable roof module made from lightweight polycarbonate, making open-top driving possible.

Engineers retained the structural rigidity of the car despite having taken off the roof, ensuring preservation of the car's handling abilities
The monocoque was also reinforced around the side skirts coupled with the transmission tunnel and B pillars laterally stiffened by a carbon fibre support.

A central carbon plate beneath the transmission tunnel served to ensure the vehicle was less prone to torsional flexing than any other roadster.

In addition, the side doors of the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse are made from carbon fiber and disguise an integrated longitudinal support.

Christophe Piochon remarks how the Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse was a testament to Bugatti's unparalled engineering expertise, being stable and able to accelerate just as impressively as it does with the roof closed. This was proved when a race car driver took the car to a top speed of 408.84km/h with the roof down.

Numerous special editions of the Vitesse were released including this gorgeous red La Finale
The Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse was to be the last model in the legendary Veyron series, with the 2013 version created as part of the Les Legendes de Bugatti range.

Bugatti even made a Les Legendes de Bugatti version of the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse which sported finishing methods and materials never before seen in a Bugatti.

These hyper exclusive models were limited to a production of three which all sold out immediately.

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