5 Wildest Moments in Bugatti Veyron History

The end of an era is officially here. The last Bugatti Veyron ever built, the Grand Sport Vitesse “La Finale,"  is saying its goodbyes at the Geneva Motor Show. Number 450 of 450. But before it goes, the legend certainly deserves a little more of everybody's attention. After all, it's possible the world will never see a vehicle that quite has its impact during the past decade. These are five of the wildest moments in Bugatti Veyron history.  Bugatti Veyron Breaks the Roadster Top Speed World Record The Veyron you see above is the 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse World Record Edition. The special model was created after Bugatti set the world speed record for an open-top production sports car. It hit 254.04 mph at Volkswagen’s proving grounds in Ehra-Lessien. Twenty-nine-year-old entrepreneur Anthony Liu drove during the run. The WRC features the same 8.0-liter W16 as the "regular" Vitesse. It rocks 1,200 horsepower and 1,106 lb-ft of torque. That's good for a 2.6-second 0-62 time and gets to 186 mph in 16.0 seconds. That's for a car that weighs 4,387 lbs. And just in case owners were worried about all that power on an open road, there's a "normal" handling mode that electronically limits the car to 233 mph. Because that's a totally normal and safe speed. RELATED: See Photos of the Bugatti Veyron World Record Edition Top Gear Pits a Bugatti Veyron vs. a Fighter Jet in a Drag Race
The question isn't "Why would you race a car against a jet?" The question is "Why wouldn't you race a 1,000-horsepower car against a jet?" Back in 2008, Richard Hammond of Top Gear explained, and showed everybody with this two-mile sprint. All Six Bugatti Legends Gather at The Quail It took a full year to reveal all six super rare Bugatti Legends, starting in mid-2013. And the final edition, the Ettore Bugatti, debuted in Monterey at The Quail with the full family in attendance. The other models, all of which celebrated the company's history, included Jean-Pierre Wimille, Jean Bugatti, Meo Constantini, Rembrant Bugatti, and Black Bess. Each of the cars are owned by people from all around the world and will safely be tucked away in collections. Who knows when these special editions will ever collect in the same show again. Each car costs 2.35 million euro, which translated to about $3.15 million in mid-2014. Today, however, with the euro suffering, that now equates to about $2.63 million. RELATED: The 8 Prettiest Bugatti Veyron Special Editions Veyron Hits 246.4 mph on a Public Road
It's one thing to set a world record in a controlled space that is specifically oriented for that purpose. It's completely different to push the limits of a Veyron on a public road during a road rally in front of an audience. This was a Bugatti Veryon Super Sport Pur Blanc in action on Highway 75 in Idaho as part of the 2014 Sun Valley Road Rally. A Bugatti Owner's Failed Attempt at Insurance Fraud
(Warning: explicit language) Remember this video? It caused quite a stir when it first popped up on the Internet back in 2009. A man by the name of Andy House claimed that a pelican had distracted him while he was driving along this Texas road, and that is why he ran off the road and into a lagoon. He also left the engine running for more than 10 minutes after this happened. He then tried to file an insurance claim for $2.2 million after buying the 2006 Bugatti for $1 million. His insurance company wasn't buying it, especially considering this video is missing a whole lot of pelican. The policy he had purchased was supposed to be for a collector item that would sit in storage. House drove the Veyron more than 1,200 miles in his three weeks of ownership. The insurance company sued House for fraud and eventually won when he pleaded guilty in 2014. Almost even more crazy: "Pretty sure that's a Lambo, dude." RELATED: Watch a Bugatti Veyron Race a LaFerrari in a Supercar Battle Royale


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