Veyron and the French Resistance

The Bugatti Veyron, a mid-engined hypercar was launched upon the world in 2005.

The VW Group designed and developed it in Germany and later built it in Molsheim, Bugatti’s French factory.

Bugatti named the Veyron after Pierre Veyron, a successful French racing driver employed by Bugatti in the 30s.

Driving a Bugatti Type 51A, Pierre won the 1933 and 1934 Berlin Avus Races.

1939 Pierre Veyron won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a Bugatti Type 57C with co-driver Jean Pierre-Wimille.

Pierre’s engineering knowledge and comprehensive understanding of the mechanics enabled him to exploit the full potential of the Bugatti he raced.

Jean Bugatti, Ettore’s son, employed Pierre Veyron as a development engineer and test driver.

Pierre was actively involved in developing the Bugatti Type 57, one of the most successful Bugatti’s.

During the Second World War, Pierre joined the French Resistance and was presented with the French Legion of Honour, reflecting his achievements.

In distinction of his contributions and racing success, Bugatti named one of their most potent and fast supercars after him – the Bugatti Veyron 16.4

At the time of its release, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 was the fastest production car in the world.

It is a fitting tribute reflecting Pierre Veyron’s impact on the House of Bugatti.