Bugatti unveils the fifth Legend, ‘Black Bess Vitesse’
The fifth Legend model in the successful six-part Edition “Les Legendes de Bugatti” pays tribute to the Type 18 “Black Bess”, which was named after a famous British racehorse. The body of the “Black Bess” Vitesse is constructed entirely of carbon fibre and, just like its historical predecessor the Type 18, is painted completely black. Creating a truly expressive front view for the Vitesse some gold-coloured stripes start below the headlights and radiate out over the front wings towards the rear, before tapering off at the end of the door line.
With a 4-cylinder in-line engine and five litre capacity, the vehicle was capable of producing over 100 PS. With a top speed of 160 km/h (100 mph), a feat deemed virtually unbelievable for the times, the Type 18 was a true racing thoroughbred and the fastest road vehicle around.