Les Legendes du Ciel is an homage to company’s original heroes
An era where plane and car will still closely matched
Bugatti‘s latest special Chiron is meant to honour the drivers it calls its Daredevils. The greatest drivers of the Grand Prix days for the original Bugatti. “Les Légendes du Ciel,” former flying aces from the war who put that fearless confidence to use on the racing circuits of Europe.
Bugatti drivers like Albert Divo, Robert Benoist, and Bartolomeo ‘Meo’ Costantini, had been pilots in the French Air Force. Aviation legend Roland Garros drove a Type 18 to be as fast on the road as he was in the air, says Bugatti boss Stephan Winkelmann.
“It is therefore almost an obligation for us today to pay tribute to the legends of that time and dedicate a special edition to them,” he added.
Ettore himself designed aircraft engines and later entire aircraft designed to break speed records, and with that in mind, Bugatti has created the Chiron Sport-based Les Légendes du Ciel.
Just 20 of the special Bugatti Chiron Sport models will be made, featuring the special matt grey paintwork that’s meant to copy vintage fighters. The front wings have Les Légendes logo and there is a tricolour on the exposed carbon side sills. That roof stripe is also a nod to vintage aircraft.
The grille is gloss black with a laser-cut and deep-drawn aluminium construction. The pattern of the grille is repeated on the leather seat stitching and Bugatti says it’s “reminiscent of planes flying in formation in an air parade.”
Special door sills and badging on the center console as well as an exposed carbon engine cover and Inconel exhaust complete the look. Gaucho leather inside is a light brown like that of the old planes, with special logo inlays and numbering. The door panels feature a hand-sketched racing scene between plane and Bugatti.
The Chiron Sport Les Légendes du Ciel will start production this year, with the usual 1,500 PS W16. They’ll start from 2.88m euros, or CAD 4.5 million.