The third installment of the Bugatti Legends Edition (Les Legendes de Bugatti if you want to be formal) has been unveiled at the luxurious Dubai International Motor Show this week. The Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse Meo Costantini Edition follows the first two Legend Series models–the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Jean Bugatti and the Jean-Pierre Wilmille.
“Meo Costantini embodies the most successful era in Bugatti’s racing history,” according to Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.
The look and inspiration
The Meo Costantini Edition Vitesse model celebrates Costantini, who was a good friend of Bugatti founder Ettore. Costantini was in charge of the Bugatti factory racing team and claimed victory in the Targa Florio twice in a Bugatti Type 35. That is why there are a number of styling cues derived from the Type 35 used on this Legends car, including a painting of the Targa Florio course on the bottom side of the rear wing and the use of the classic French racing blue coloration.
The Meo Costantini Edition is a roadster capable of nailing the 0-60 mark in an astonishing 2.6 seconds with a top speed of around 253 miles per hour. This is thanks to not only the robust engine, but a body comprised primarily of carbon fiber. This beast packs a W16 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged engine pushing out just as many horses as the fastest Veyron, the Super Sport, at 1,200.
The cabin of the 3rd Bugatti Legend Series car boasts fine leather offset by blue stitching to draw the interior and exterior together. The seats have been embroidered with the signature of Costantini. Perhaps the most special interior features are the racing scenes and vintage car motifs laser-engraved into the leather trim on the doors. They bring to life some of the most poignant moments of Costantini’s racing career in the 1920s.
Fun fact: Bartolomeo “Meo” Costantini, was born in 1889.