In partnership with Hermès, designer Gabriele Pezzini has married the distinctive Hermès style to the legendary Bugatti Veyron 16.4. We give you an exclusive look at the one and only unit that landed on our shores sometime ago.
The Bugatti Veyron Fbg par Hermès, revealed to the public at the Geneva Motor Show in 2008 melds the high-end designer touches of Hermès and superlative performance of the Bugatti Veyron to create so painfully unique.
Delivering 1001 horsepower and capable of reaching 407 km/h with its 16-cylinder 8-litre “W” configuration engine. The Veyron is the fastest production car ever made.
As fast as it goes, it stops superbly too, carbon-fibre discs provide brake pressure of up to 180 bars, combined with eight-piston monobloc callipers and titanium pistons fitted with fine steel heads and ceramic heat protectors.
Apply the brakes at speeds above 200 km/h, and the rear wing acts as an airbrake, augmenting the Bugatti Veyron’s already impressive stopping power. At 400 km/h, emergency braking will bring the sports car to a complete halt in less than 10 seconds.
Finished in indigo blue and vermilion combination, the car features eight-spoked wheels in polished aluminium, central butterfly wheel locks branded with the letter H, and air vents around the rims reproducing the characteristics appearance of Hermès saddle-stitching.
The horseshoe radiator grille and the lateral ventilation grilles flanking it, are made from lightweight alloys with a design of interlocking H’s evoking the Hermès “signature”.
The inner surfaces of the Bugatti Veyron Fbg par Hermès have been designed and sheathed in bull calfskin by the Hermès workshops in Paris.
Door handles echo the fluid forms of handles on Hermès travel bags and luggage. The dashboard, traditionally finished in brushed aluminium, is clad entirely in bull calfskin.
Passengers aboard will find a dashboard glove compartment designed to hold a selection of small travel accessories and a zipped Hermès wallet.
Both seats are covered in two-toned bull calfskin, and the panel separating the cockpit from the central rear engine – traditionally made of carbon fibre- is covered in the same fine leather. The leather-lined trunk holds a specially-fitted “Toile H” and leather case, hand-made by the craftmen from the Hermès workshops.
The car has since left our shores, but having had the opportunity to get up close and personal with an exquisite car like this was an experience worth remembering for years to come.
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