• Oct 20th 2009 at 6:01PM
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As much as it dominated pre-war grand prix racing, Bugatti's is a heritage forged at Le Mans. Both the original concept and the subsequent production car which Bugatti built under its current ownership were named after Louis Chiron and Pierre Veyron, two of the most famous drivers from the marque's racing history. But it's been 70 years since Bugatti raced at Le Mans. The company's previous Italian owners took a race-prepped EB110 to Daytona, but that was about the extent of Bugatti's racing program in the modern era. But a few simple facts aren't about to stop the dreamers.
Over at Top Gear they've cooked up what a racing version of the new Galibier concept car would look like. Envisioned as some sort of touring car on speed and prepped for Le Mans, the Galibier LM features a massive front splitter and side skirts to match a giant rear wing and an exposed engine cover that displays the quad-turbo W16 like in the Veyron. Speaking of which, if Bugatti was going to return to racing, the outgoing super-coupe would have clearly been the better platform. But after seventy years of absence, we're not going to start splitting hairs... just imaginary lap times.

[Source: Top Gear]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd like to see a rally-spec or PPHC Veyron. I'd also be curious to see a Baja 1000-Dakar style Volvo XC60
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ahh yes, building a LeMans spec car. How hard can it be?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would totally love to drive one of these- except i cant drive a stick..
        • 5 Years Ago
        A.J.: Try it, you'll like it! A day of practice and you can take to the public roads, a month and the next car you buy will be a manual if you've got the choice. ns: I drove a stick for five years before I ever sat behind a slushy; it took two minutes to learn.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So why a Galibier race car and not a Veyron?
        • 5 Years Ago
        my first thought, as well....

        But I think it is just top gear having a laugh. :D
        • 5 Years Ago
        Too heavy.
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