On this day in auto history - October 11th

Mon 11th Oct 2021

It was on this day in 2005 that the much-touted Bugatti Veyron was finally launched at a glitzy ceremony in Sicily.

Following Volkswagen’s acquisition of the Bugatti name, the dramatic supercar had first been unveiled as a concept vehicle at the 1999 Tokyo Motor Show but technical issues delayed its eagerly-anticipated transition into full-scale for production for six years.

Priced at over £800,000 and featuring a unique 8-0 litre, quad turbo-charged engine, the Bugatti Veyron could reach 0-60 in 2.46 seconds and a top-speed of 258mph - making it comfortably the world’s fastest road-legal car in the world at the time!

The press reaction was astounding and the awards soon came flooding in with the BBC’s Top Gear programme eventually naming it 'Car of The Decade’.

Fashion designer Ralph Lauren, actor Tom Cruise, soccer star Christiano Ronaldo, boxer Floyd Mayweather and pop impresario Simon Cowell are just a few of super-rich celebrities who have gone on to own Bugatti Veyrons since.