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Pierre Veyron

Pierre Veyron, born in 1903, was the Bugatti driver for whom the new superior sports car Veyron 16.4*) is named.
Veyron’s initial career plan did not include racecar driving – instead, he enrolled in the university to study engineering. But his friend Albert Divo, himself an ardent motor sport aficionado, persuaded him to give racecar driving a try. Divo introduced Veyron to the industrial magnate André Vagniez, who offered him financial support. In 1930, Vagniez made true on his promise and purchased a Bugatti 37 A for Veyron, which the young driver raced to his first big victory in the Grand Prix at Geneva.

In 1932, Ettore Bugatti’s son Jean, by now director of the construction team, offered Veyron a job – the ideal position for young Pierre, as it allowed him to combine his passion for racing and engineering. As test driver and development engineer, Veyron helped to optimize the racecars. He continued to enter races as a company driver, winning many of these including the 1933 and 1934 Berlin Avus races with the Bugatti Type 51 A. He applied his engineering skills in particular to developing the Type 57 car, which sold well and soon became a financial boon to the company. The zenith of Veyron’s racing career was his victory together with Jean Pierre Wimille in the 25-hour Le Mans race of 1939.

During World War II, like many of his Bugatti coworkers, Pierre Veyron joined the French Resistance against German occupation. His Resistance group was led by the racecar drivers Robert Benoit and “Williams”, both of whom were eventually captured by the Nazis and killed in concentration camps. In 1945, Veyron received the Cross of the French Legion of Honor for his meritorious deeds during the occupation. After the war, Veyron entered a number of races, but his main commitment now was to his family and a small company he owned which specialized in oil-drilling technology. In 1970, Pierre Veyron died in the small town of Eze, situated between Monte Carlo and Nice, and as a racecar driver was only remembered by a handful of experts and Bugatti enthusiasts – that is, until his name was selected to grace the company’s outstanding production-line vehicle.

The Bugatti work driver Pierre Veyron (left) in front of his winning car, the T 57C Tank at the race in Le Mans 1939

The Bugatti work driver Pierre Veyron (left) in front of his winning car, the T 57C Tank at the race in Le Mans 1939

T57C Tank, Jean-Pierre Wimille and Pierre Veyron after their magnificent victory at Le Mans 1939

T57C Tank, Jean-Pierre Wimille and Pierre Veyron after their magnificent victory at Le Mans 1939

 
 

*) Gearbox: 7 Gear DSG, fuel consumption in town: 41.9l/100km, fuel consumption out of town: 15.6l/100km, fuel consumption combined: 24.9l/100km, CO2 emission combined: 596g/km, Efficiency Class: G
Annual tax for this vehicle €1132
Energy costs at a mileage of 20,000 km:
Fuel costs (Super Plus) at a fuel price of 1.624 EUR/billing unit €8087.52
Created on: 11/30/2011
The values were calculated using the prescribed measurement method (§ 2, numbers 5, 6, 6 per car energy labeling ordinance in its current version).CO2 emissions, which result from the production and provision of fuel or other energy sources are not taken into account in the determination of CO2 emissions pursuant to Directive 1999/94/EC. The figures do not refer to a specific vehicle and are not part of the offer, but only serve the purpose of comparing different vehicle types. The fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of a vehicle not only depend on the efficient utilization of the fuel by the vehicle, but also on driving style and other non-technical factors. CO2 is the main greenhouse gas responsible for global warming. Notice pursuant to Directive 1999/94/EC of each current valid version: For more information on official fuel consumption and the specific official CO2 emissions of new passenger cars can be acquired from the "Guide for Fuel Economy, CO2 Emissions and Power Consumption of New Passenger Cars" available at all sales outlets and at DAT German Automobil Treuhand GmbH, Hellmuth-Hirth-Strasse 1, D-73760 Ostfildern – available free of charge or at www.dat.de. Efficiency classes of vehicles are evaluated in terms of CO2 emissions by means of the vehicle's empty weight. Vehicles that correspond to the average are classified as D. Vehicles that are better are graded with A+, A, B or C. Vehicles that are worse than the average are given an E, F or G.