Having started at Porsche in 1993 before joining the Volkswagen group in 1996, Achim Anscheidt has a brilliant career in automotive design. He has headed the Bugatti Design department since 2004 and under his regime, many notable Veyron variants were born.
But of all the Veyrons ever made, Anscheidt has six favorites. It’s a little difficult for him, I think, because it’s like choosing a favorite from his descendants.
Veyron 16.4 Thoroughbred (2007)
“Looking back on the Veyron Thoroughbred is like remembering the birth of your first child. You will never forget such an emotional event. It is deeply etched in your memory,” said Anscheidt.
The Veyron Thoroughbred is the start of the Bugatti range of special editions and customization program. Only five Thoroughbred units were manufactured, sold in 45 minutes at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
The contrast of carbon and aluminum brings out the Thoroughbred, which was a first in automotive engineering.
Veyron 16.4 Super Sport (2010)
“It was the first time that we in the design department applied the” shape follows performance “approach in such a systematic way,” says Anscheidt.
As the fastest super sports car in the world, the inclusion of the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport in this list comes as no surprise at all.
A little bit fun from Bugatti: the roof details of the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport were based on the Bugatti EB110 SS from the 90s.
Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport L’Or Blanc (2011)
Made of high quality porcelain inside and out, calling the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport The extraordinary White Gold is an understatement. His abstract painting goes well with Bugatti’s goal with this unique piece – an art car.
“I was rather skeptical at first, because in no way did I want to imitate automotive art such as that of Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Frank Stella or Roy Lichtenstein,” said Anscheidt.
Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse (2012)
As the only open top Bugatti to date, the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse set a new speed record for open top sports cars at 254 miles per hour (408.84 kilometers per hour).
But that’s not what makes Grand Sport Vitesse special for Anscheidt.
“What makes Grand Sport Vitesse so special to me? At first we, as designers, were criticized for the fact that Vitesse didn’t look powerful enough as a roadster” , he explained. “But our customers appreciate the fact that it looks like a coupe when the roof is closed. And when the roof is open, they can enjoy the inimitable feeling of a roadster.”
Veyron Grand Sport Venet (2012)
The Veyron Grand Sport Venet was another art car, produced in collaboration with the French artist and sculptor Bernar Venet.
“Developing a car with a famous artist who has no connection to automotive design can be a tricky business. With Bernar Venet, it was a creative process from start to finish. It was fascinating and impressive to be able to see how he works, and how he creates sculptures on a large scale. We worked closely together and ultimately created something truly incomparable, “said Achim Anscheidt.
“The Legends of Bugatti” – Ettore Bugatti (2014)
The presence of soft and natural cordovan leather in The Legends of Bugatti – Ettore Bugatti made it so special for Anscheidt, as for other cars in the Legends edition. But above all, the final edition of the model range based on the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse stands out.
“Anyone who has ever owned a pair of shoes made from this material will understand the remarkable quality of cordovan leather and appreciate its durability. This was precisely our starting point when we created the interior of this Legend,” says Achim Anscheidt .