Now here’s a thing, a Bugatti Veyron from 1945. But all is not quite as it seems. This is computer generated design from the creative mind of ‘Rc82 Workchop’ a designer who has created a vivid imagining of what the legendary car might have looked like if it was built in 1945. And pretty stunning it looks too.
There’s not much information surrounding this, but we can see that the Veyron profile has been retained while the wheels look like standard, chrome Beetle wheels albeit widened enough to take wider tyres.
The wings too are clearly Beetle wings that morph into the smooth line at the front to aerodynamically blend with the long, curving bonnet. In fact, the more you look at it, the more you can see the Beetle in this design idea. There is the chrome guards on each of the four wings, the running boards while the elongated bonnet takes its cue from the Beetle with the addition of a front grille.
The pastel paintwork too is in keeping with the era, although I don’t think I’ve seen quite such a highly polished finish on genuine vehicles from that period!
Rc82 Workchop has certainly caught the imagination with this concoction as this image is spreading across the internet at close to the speed of a modern Veyron. Although little is known about the designer himself, so we will have to live with male, Polish, mid thirties and that’s about it.
The connection between Bugatti and Volkswagen is not really that far-fetched, as VW Group actually own Bugatti, so I guess in our dreams, we can imagine a day when one of these flies past us on the way to work – only in our dreams of course.
To me, this is a West Coast American style car, it has that Cal-look Beetle feel about it, with the majority of the chrome stripped away to leave a clean, uninterrupted bodyline with an American spec blade bumper and sloping Beetle headlamps with integral indicators leaving no excess bulges on the wing tops.
Bugatti as we know it today is the producer of the fastest street-legal production car on the planet at just over 267mph. Although the origins of this revived brand are a little more humble with VW Group buying the rights to the legendary name in 1998, whereupon various concepts began to be seen at motor shows across the world before VW gave the go-ahead to start making the Bugatti Veyron in 2001. It was so named in honour of Pierre Veyron the Bugatti racer and engineer who won the 1939 24 Hours Le Mans co-driving a Bugatti Type 57S alongside Jean Pierre Wimille.
The mid-engined Veyron features an 8-litre quad-turbocharged engine which is essentially the equivalent to two V8 engines allowing for an amazing 987bhp and 922 lb per foot of torque. Bugatti buck the trend and say their figures err on the cautious side, rather than overstating the Veyron’s power.
Oh, and it does 0-63mph in 2.46 seconds and the quarter mile (which so many Cal-look Beetles were originally geared up for in the sixties and seventies) in 10 seconds. Of course, fuel consumption is dreadful at around 8-10 miles per gallon, but that’s missing the point of this most super of supercar.
Last October Bugatti announced that there would be a new Veyron which will get it’s first airing at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2013. The 8-litre engine will become a 9.6-litre monster and with a lightened chassis, Bugatti say the car will reach 0-62mph in just 1.8 seconds.
Bugatti Veyron 1945 image by Rc82 Workchop