Many successful Bugatti racing drivers, such as Albert Divo, Robert Benoist and Bartolomeo ‘Meo’ Costantini, were pilots for the French Air Force, and the French aviator legend Roland Garros privately drove a Bugatti Type 18 to be as fast on the road as in the air. Ettore Bugatti has always been inspired by aviation. In around 1915, Bugatti himself designed aircraft engines and from 1937 he also developed an entire aircraft intended to break speed records. The project was stopped because of the outbreak of the Second World War. French automaker is honoring these famous racing drivers from the last century, with the Chiron Sport “Les Légendes du Ciel”.
The “Les Légendes du Ciel” edition is based on the Chiron Sport and is limited to 20 vehicles. The unusual matt-grey “Gris Serpent” paintwork of the car is a modern interpretation of the exterior color of the aircrafts from the 1920s. This stretches across the entire vehicle and is crossed from the front to the rear via the extending rear spoiler with a high-contrast, white gloss center stripe. The front wings are decorated with the “Les Légendes du Ciel” logo. The “Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge” tricolor in Blue, White and Red garnishes the front area of the side sills made of exposed black carbon fiber.
The horseshoe shaped radiator grille also has a black gloss finish. The radiator grille mesh is made of laser-cut and deep-drawn aluminum, on which the dynamic pattern of the stitched seams is repeated on the leather seats, a nod to planes flying in formation in an air parade. The door entry lights project the edition logo onto the ground when the doors are opened. The door sills are made of brushed aluminium. The W16 engine cover is made of black exposed carbon fibre.
The interior design is inspired by aircraft from the past century. Bugatti uses fine “Gaucho” leather to wrap the entire vehicle interior. The natural material is contrasted only by aluminum trims, an aluminum inlay with the logo “Les Légendes du Ciel” that can also be found on the headrests as well as the special edition numbering “1 of 20”. Bugatti optionally offers comfort seats and the glass roof “Sky View”.
On the door panels there is a hand-sketched racing scene between the Nieuport 17 aircraft (a French biplane aircraft that was built from 1916 and was very popular with its pilots due to its reliability and speed) and a Bugatti Type 13.
The Chiron Sport Les Légendes du Ciel with a W16 engine and a capacity of 8.0 litres delivers 1,500 PS and 1,600 newton metres of torque. Its maximum speed is electronically limited at 420 km/h. The production will commence towards the end of 2020. The edition, limited to 20 units, costs 2.88 million euros (around $3.4 million) each.