For perhaps the first time ever, a Bugatti Veyron was driven down a rally course.
And not just any Veyron--a Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse WRC Edition. Only eight of these cars were ever made, with each one celebrating the Veyron Vitesse’s 2013 world record for the fastest roadster. That was 254 mph, in case you were wondering.
The Vitesse comes with the same 8.0-L quad-turbo W16 engine that all Veyrons have, but tuned to supply up to 1,200 hp and 1,100 lb-ft of torque. Top speed is normally limited to just 233 mph, but if the driver inserts a special red key instead of the usual black one, the limiters are all removed and the car goes as fast as it can.
Which on a rally course still isn’t that fast.
At last weekend’s "Horsepower Hill" event at Heveningham Hall, UK, someone brought the aforementioned Vitesses to take part in the pseudo-rally event. The course was mostly barely paved and gravel roads and is not a true rally event, but it's still way less road than a Veyron is used to driving on.
The video was posted to the TFJJ YouTube channel, but it’s believed that the driver of the Veyron was the same guy behind the Tax The Rich YouTube channel. That channel is dedicated to using ludicrously expensive cars in even more ludicrous ways, like driving a $2.2 million Bugatti Veyron over a dirt road and then doing donuts for the rest of the afternoon.
Which is exactly what the driver does. Surprisingly, the Veyron seems to handle the lack of pavement quite well, although the ride is almost certainly not the best. Also, hearing rocks ping off the undercarriage in a $2.2 million car is just cringeworthy.
When all was said and done, the Veyron did not crash but it did seem to sport a few more dings than it arrived in. There’s no telling what Bugatti will charge to repair those scratches.
But you have to consider that price against the value of driving a Veyron to within even a small percentage of what the car is capable of. Driving it through a rally course might not be what Bugatti intended, but it’s a testament to their engineering prowess that the Veyron did extremely well in an environment it was never designed for.