I have seen many rare cars over the years and would like to share some of those cars with you. Â I am starting a series called “First Impressions”, where I give information about the cars I have seen and my thoughts on the cars.
Since graduating from college and moving back home to Houston, I have attended many local car events. Â The first event was June 7, 2010, Classy Chassis: Concours d’Elegance, being held on the floor of Relient Stadium. Â People from around the country bring and show off their unique cars. Â A dealership from Dallas decided to bring a 2010 Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 Grand Sport.
AÂ standard Veyron is a 4400lbs super car with a 8.0L W16 engine that produces 1001hp and hasÂ a top speed of 253 mph and it only takes 2.5 seconds for it to go from 0 to 60 mph. Â The grand sport variant features a targa top. Â With the top off, the Veyron can only go 229 mph. The price for this car is about $2 million. Â When it came out in 2005, it was the fastest road-legal production car,Â dethroningÂ the Koenigsegg CCR. Â It held the title until the American Made SSC Ultimate Aero.
When I first saw the Veyron, I could not look away. Â In a placed filled with Ferraris, Lambos, and Shelby Cobras, I could only focus on the Veyron. Â I keep thinking that this is the only time I will ever see one. Â This is the new standards for all modern cars. Â I don’t care if I would never drive one, I was content with just being in the presence of the Veyron.
The Bugatti Veyron was featured in Transformers: Cybertron. Â It was the vehicle mode for Crosswise. Â It has been featured in the Need for Speed series. Â There are several videos on Youtube showing a guy drive a Veyron into a lake just north of Galveston.Â
It has also made a few appearances on Top Gear. Â Top Gear named the Veryon its car of the decade (2000-2009). Â James May drove the car around the Volkswagen test track, reaching its top speed. Â Jeremy Clarkson raced a plane from Italy to London and won. Â Richard Hammond raced a McLaren F1 (driven by the Stig) and won.
Final Thought: Â A lot of car for a lot of money. Â There will never be a car like it.
Photo taken from a camera phone
Originally written on January 17, 2011 in the TGWTG blog section.