On September 1, 2002, in the framework of the International Gallop Race at Baden-Baden, the guests of the International Club, organizer of the “Great Week” of Iffezheim, were offered an exclusive presentation of the Bugatti 16.4 Veyron.
Usually finding just one HP attractive, the invitees of the Baden-Baden Racing Week were given the opportunity to closely inspect the Veyron’s power of 736 kW (1001 HP) and, for the first time, to “feel” the sound of the 16-cylinder engine.
With its “Grand Prix of Baden”, the International Gallop Race, taking place this year for the 130th time, belongs to the worldwide 14 most important gallop races, which are organized in the “World Racing Championship”, a sort of formula I in gallop racing. At the start were the fastest horses in the world, English thoroughbreds, reaching a top speed of 60 kilometers per hour.
Traditionally, the Bugatti brand name is closely connected with horse racing; already its founding father, Ettore Bugatti (1881-1947), had been an enthusiastic horse racing fanatic, and he lovingly called his high carat automotive creations his “pur sang” – thoroughbreds! He proved his point once again at Baden-Baden: the Veyron surely belongs to this category as well!