Developing a record-breaking supercar means a blank sheet of paper and no budget restraints.
Bugatti did it in the early 2000s, under the close watch of the Volkswagen Group, and after years of development and fine-tuning, they came up with the Veyron, an impressive machine created using the latest technology in the field.
The mighty mid-engined, all-wheel drive Bugatti instantly made its mark as the fastest street-legal production car in the world and, throughout its 10-year production, during which 450 examples were made, it was offered in coupe and targa-top versions. Its 8.0-liter, quad-turbo W16 engine turned out to be so astonishing that the company decided to tweak it and use it for the Veyron’s successor, the Chiron, too.
Despite being so rare and unimaginably expensive, the Veyron has taken part in numerous drag races and comparisons over the years, but perhaps none of those are as impressive to look at unless a McLaren F1 is involved.
The F1 used to hold the record for the world’s fastest car until the Bugatti Veyron upstaged it. The British supercar with the unique three-seat layout lacked driver assist systems to keep weight as low as possible, and the fact that it was mind-blowing fast made it extremely popular with enthusiasts, who paid, and still pay, several million dollars to secure one.
Despite being so different both in conception and execution, those two supercars have made history, so a historic setting like Reims, where the French F1 Grand Prix used to take place until 1966, seems like a perfect place to stage their meeting.