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How’s that for a Bugatti collection?

| IOL Motoring

THE historical home of Bugatti, more formally known as Château Saint Jean, has become something of a pilgrimage for Bugatti enthusiasts.

Located near Molsheim in France, close to the German border, this is where Bugatti’s modern hypercars are built, but it’s also a historic site with an inextricable link to company founder Ettore Bugatti, who bought and renovated this château as a place to welcome customers.

In modern times it continues to welcome a few very fortunate people from all over the world, and recently one loyal Bugatti owner paid an extraordinary visit.

This customer carefully curated a collection of rare Bugatti vehicles, including each of the World Record Cars, namely the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport World Record Edition, Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse World Record Edition and Chiron Super Sport 300+1.

His dream to reunite them with the place where they came to life, and the team who made it possible, recently came true when the three record-breaking hypercars were carefully driven up to the château. They were joined by other rarities from The Singh Collection, Punjab, India: the Bugatti Veyron Pur Sang and the Divo.

The last world record car, the Chi- ron Super Sport 300+, was built to celebrate the first production series car to travel at more than 482.80 km/h.

In 2019, a variant of the 300+ driven by Bugatti Pilote Officiel and Le Mans 24 Hours winner Andy Wallace travelled at 490.48 km/h, then the first to drive at more than 300 mph (482.7km/h) in a production series car.

Andy made the journey to Molsheim to again meet the lucky owner of this collection.

This dedication to achieving incomparable speeds in the modern era of Bugatti can be traced back to June 2010.

At the Ehra-lessien test track that day, a Veyron 16.4 Super Sport – powered by a development of the W16 engine with 883kw – set a record of 431.07 km/h. The man behind the wheel that day was Pierre-henri

Raphanel, Bugatti Pilote Officiel and former racing driver, who welcomed the collector to Molsheim and shared the thrill of his experience.

Three years after the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport set its record, Bugatti would create another benchmark, for the world’s fastest open top car with the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, which travelled at 408.84 km/h with the roof down.





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