When Bugatti wrapped up production of the incredible Veyron, to the dismay of enthusiasts everywhere, we were left to ponder how the company could produce a worthy successor to that 1,200-horsepower, 268-mph missile. After all, Top Gear magazine's readers voted the Veyron the "Awesomest Car of the Last Two Decades."
Bugatti answered the call with the breathtakingly cool Vision Gran Tourismo concept car that will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The supercar was initially created to virtually race in Sony's Gran Tourismo video game. But Bugatti decided to bring the dream machine to physical world, rendering it in carbon fiber and aluminum for auto aficionados to ogle in Frankfurt.
“In the Bugatti Veyron, we have developed a super sports car which unites two characteristics, the beauty and the beast,” explained Achim Anscheidt, the head of Bugatti design. “The Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo embodies the performance beast. It has a more radical and extreme style. This is a thoroughbred Bugatti for the virtual race track, not for the street.”
Designers acknowledged Bugatti's rich legacy with the horseshoe grille and a central fin, which was employed on the Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic in 1936. The NACA duct on the Vision's roof adds visual interest while controlling airflow over the car without disturbing the rear wing.
It was important to embrace the expectations of gamers as well as car nuts, said Anscheidt. “When the target group suddenly grows from 450 Veyron owners to several million fans, gamers and high performance aficionados, it is a very exciting matter. We had a lot of fun with this project.”
Photos by Bugatti