$2 Million Bugatti Veyron Makes Big Splash with Little Crash

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Lucky vlogger takes wild 208-mph ride down a runway inside Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Vitesse.

The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Vitesse is a rarity among rarities. Among the 450 Veyrons produced between 2005 and 2015, only a handful are Grand Vitesses. The $2 million roadster is among the fastest open-top vehicles around, hitting the wall at 254 mph thanks to its quad-turbo, 1,200-horsepower W16 delivering the power to the pavement.

And speaking of hitting the wall, LKHorizon‘s Luke Atkinson learned first-hand what happens when one underestimates the ability of a Grand Vitesse to be able to get out of its own way. Back in 2017, Atkinson got the opportunity of a lifetime when he rode shotgun inside the hypercar for a blistering run down the runway. One of his friends had been in the car for numerous runs throughout the day, including one topping out at 218 mph, which Atkinson thought was nuts since the runway was only a couple of miles long at best.

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Vitesse

Before taking the passenger seat, his friend mentioned that on the last run, the driver came pretty close to hitting the water barriers at the end of the runway. Our host didn’t think too much of it, as he was “screaming like a little girl at a Justin Bieber concert” inside, as one would do if they were experiencing the majesty of the Grand Vitesse for the first time. In his mind, it would be “the best day ever.”


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Reality would soon splash some water on his dreams, however. The owner blasted down the runway at 208 mph before slowing down at the end of the run. The owner didn’t slow down enough, though, and wound up understeering straight into the barriers.

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Vitesse

The aftermath of the big splash left the front end with minor damage, a hefty repair bill for the owner, and an end to the fun the Grand Vitesse was providing to all. For Atkinson, the ride will remain a lasting memory, for better and for ill.

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected].

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