When the Bugatti Veyron came out in 2005, it took the world by storm. Like the McLaren F1, the Veyron became an instant icon in the automotive industry. Over the years, there has been various variants of the infamous hypercar. However, on July 4th, 2010, Bugatti achieved a new land speed record averaging at 425km/h. It was so fast, that Guinness Book of Records recorded the Veyron as “The Fastest Production Car Ever Produced”.
AutoArt has made countless Veyrons over the years, ranging from the original 16.4, to the last hurrah before the Chiron came out. The Bugatti Veyron Supersports World Record by AutoArt was produced in a very limited 1,000 units with a few hundred being in store editions. Fortunately, my example just so happens to be one of those fortunate units.
The Veyron has always been a car with a debatable design. Those who don’t like it, refers to it as a “bloated whale” or a “bug on steroids”. However, AutoArt has replicated this debatable design in spectacular details. What makes this model stand out among the countless Veyrons are the interior and what is provided inside the box. The styrofoam shell comes with the typical Signature certificate and booklet. The new feature includes the booklet/photoguide with pictures of the car, which was a nice touch.
The exterior of the WRC is unmistakably recognizable. To be honest, it resembles a pumpkin on wheels with the chubbiness of the wheels, widebody and low round form. Panel gaps on the model are flawless and executed to perfection. What differs the WRC from the regular Supersport version (if you can even call it ‘regular’), are the white out taillights, front black badge, license plate, and the 4-point harness seats that will be mentioned further on.
The WRC’s heart and soul lies in the rear portion of the car. With the cover removed, you could see all the bells and whistles of this glorious yet monstrous 16-cylinder engine. AutoArt has always managed to do a spectacular job on all the different variants, and this specific version is definitely no slouch either.
The rear of the WRC features a functional spoiler with a button located underneath the model, allowing the spoiler to deploy. The 3 Veyron variants i’ve ever owned all feature this spectacular work of engineering, and always without a problem. What I love about AutoArt is that they pay attention to every minimal detail and not just focus on a specific part, but the whole picture. Now one thing that obviously differs are the light strips on either side of the license plate. I’m not sure if this was an error on AutoArts part, or if the actual car had this feature too... does anyone know?
The rims are nicely done as well, though honestly, seems a bit too plasticky to me. The brake calipers and the carbon ceramic discs on the other hand, are fantastically well done. Although they are hard to see, you’d be surprised how much detail AutoArt managed to squeeze in on a portion of the car where collectors can barely see. Well done, AutoArt. Well done.
Many collectors on forums has complained about the stiff rear wheels on this model and unfortunately, mine suffers the same fate. It doesn’t roll as smooth as say, the Sang Noir. But a minor mishap like that definitely won’t detract you from the car.
Being a coupe, the interior is always pretty hard to take pictures. So unfortunately, this is the best I can do. The interior of the WRC is well detailed and has orange stitchings going through both the seats and the gear knob (if you look really closely). Furthermore, the Supersports logo can be found on both sides of the center console.
The 4-point racing harness featured on the WRC are an absolute stunner. The fabric and straps fits the scale perfectly, without having to worry about being ‘off-scale’ at all. In fact, it’s actually my favorite part of this particular car, as no other Veyron variants has this. Need I say more??
Don’t think so.
What the WRC represent, is the last tribute of the Veyron towards the late Ettore Bugatti. A production car such as this or any Veyrons to be honest, was not something VW designed to make money. In fact, they lost millions during the productions span of each Veyron. But rather, a hefty piece of machinery put out to show the world just how great VW can be (before the diesel-gate scandal of course), and how the evolution of hypercars can be manipulated and changed into something where jets can be considered as an even competitor.
AutoArt’s take on this particularly important car, is not something for everyone. Sure it’s not exactly the best looking, or DEFINITELY NOT the cheapest, but it’ll sure be a centerpiece amongst those who has the model or those who are out looking for one. With the lackluster effort of AutoArts of the late converting to plastic craps, this model represents AutoArt at the epitome of the company and just how great they used to be.
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