Paying Tribute To A Legend – The Vitesse Legend Meo Constantini

 

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The third edition of the Bugatti “Les Légendes de Bugatti,” “Meo Constantini” was unveiled at the 2013 Dubai Motor Show yesterday. The series launched in August with the Vitesse “Jean-Pierre Wimille” at California’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, followed by the second legend car “Jean Bugatti” at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt. The third edition of the car pays tribute to another Bugatti legend Bartolomeo “Meo” Costantini. This car is also based on the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse.

Meo Constantini, born in 1889 worked at Bugatti for eight years from 1927 to 1935, as a race car driver and a racing manager. As a member of Bugatti team, he won the most prestigious races in its time, the Targa Florio twice, and also won Spanish and Milan Grand Prix races.

Running the Meo Constantini is its 8-liter, quad-turbo W16 engine. With its 1,184 hp, it provides a lot of torque at 1,106 lb-ft at 3,000-5,000 rpm. With this power it can go from 0-62 mph in just 2.6 seconds. Top speed tops at 233 mph, Bugatti claims with top down it is capable of going at 254 mph. These are the same peak outputs for the previous two legend cars as well.

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The Vitesse Legend “Meo Constantini” body is mainly constructed of carbon fiber. The wings, doors, the parts behind doors and front bumper corners are rendered in aluminium. All aluminium parts are hand-polished and coated with clear lacquer. Developed specially for this car “Bugatti Dark Blue Sport” paint color on carbon fiber parts references France’s classic racing car blue, as well as the Bugatti Type 35 race car Constantini achieved almost all of his victories in. The Targa Florio map is painted on the underside of the rear wing and Constantini’s signature is laser engraved into the alminium tank and oil cap.

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Completely leather upholstered interior of “Meo Constantini” has a color combination of cognac and signature blue with light blue stitching. Constantini’s signature is embroidered into the headrest in “Bugatti Light Blue Sport” color. The Targa Florio map is etched into the cover of the rear center box. A very special feature is the laser-etched racing scenes and vintage car motifs on the doors. It also shares features from other legend cars, such as Legend Logo with Bugatti elephant, and the door sill strips displaying the likeness and signature of the legend, in this case Meo Constantini.

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The Vitesse Legend “Meo Constantin” edition is limited to just 3 cars, and you can buy one for $2.82 million (€ 2.09 million.)

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Source: Autoblog and Bugatti