Bugatti Veyron at the Targa Florio 2006

    Car Name: Bugatti Veyron at the Targa Florio
    Brand Name: Bugatti

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    From 11th to 18th October 2005, the new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 was presented in Madonie in Sicily, an area known throughout the world as the setting for one of the most illustrious motor races, the Targa Florio. For the first time, on the roads of the legendary course and on the Autodromo di Pergusa in Enna, a wider group of media professionals were able to convince themselves of the qualities of this new super sports car. As Dr. Thomas Bscher, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S., explained: “It is no accident that Bugatti is presenting the new Veyron here in Sicily. Since the acquisition of the rights to the name in 1998, we have not only built a new car, but have also breathed new life into one of the world’s most prestigious automobile marques. And it was on the course of the Targa Florio in the 1920s, with its Type 35 Grand Prix racers – a model that made a vital contribution to the renown of the marque – that Bugatti achieved its most famous victories. Here in Castelbuono I can state clearly – and this is a source of pride for us all – the Bugatti marque is alive and the new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 will ensure its future.

    In April 1998, the Volkswagen Group took over the Bugatti trademark, presenting the brand to the public for the first time at the International Motor Show in Paris with a study for a two-door coupé it had commissioned Italdesign to create: the Bugatti EB 118. A few months later, in March 1999, at the Geneva Motor Show, a design of the EB 218, itself also created at Italdesign, caused a sensation with a four-door saloon using the same 18-cylinder, 6.3 litre engine with 555 hp. This was followed the same year, at the IAA in Frankfurt, by the centre-engine design, the Bugatti EB 18/3 Chiron; once again Giugiaro was responsible for the design. And shortly thereafter, in Tokyo, the Bugatti EB 18/4 Veyron celebrated its world premiere, a model designed at the “Volkswagen Centre of Excellence Design” under the directorship of Hartmut Warkuss. Less than a year later, in autumn 2000 in Paris, the Veyron 16.4 was shown for the first time. The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 with the ultimate in performance features, the 1,001 hp, 8-litre, 16-cylinder engine and its technological specifications – 1,250 Nm at 2,200 rpm, top speed of more than 400 km/h, four turbochargers.

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