• May 7, 2011
Bugatti Veyron Sang Bleu speedboat concept by Ben Walsh – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Bugatti Veyron has sufficiently proven itself to be king of the road, but what happens when you run out of road? The earth's surface is, after all, covered in more water than it is land, let alone paved portions thereof. Ben Walsh's solution? This Bugatti-inspired speedboat design.

A graduate of the Royal College of Art, Walsh was largely responsible for the interior on the Cadillac Converj concept, and has since left GM's Advanced Design studio for an interior design position at PSA Peugeot Citroën. So he clearly has a passion for French cars, but for this project has set his sights on the exclusive Bugatti Veyron Sang Bleu edition.

Like other boat designs we've reported on, this example isn't likely to ever see production, but it's beautiful. It takes the Veyron's aluminum and carbon fiber construction and applies it to the form of a 30-foot speedboat that's vaguely reminiscent of the spaceships from Star Wars (Episode I) and Flight of the Navigator. The rear shot best illustrates the connection to the Veyron. The boat's single propeller indicates a single engine, but when you're packing a 1,000-horsepower, quad-turbo W16, do you really need more than one? Have a closer look in the high-resolution image gallery below, and at the car that served as its inspiration in the gallery below that.


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      Jim R
      • 3 Years Ago
      While I'm not a huge fan of the car, or the boat, I completely adore that color scheme.
      matovichj44
      • 3 Years Ago
      WOW!!! That boat is STUNNING!!! It would have been cool if you could see the engine through the top like on the Veyron though. Or have some sort of retractable top. And yeah, it does look like it was right out of Star Wars:)
        Shinkaze
        • 3 Years Ago
        @matovichj44
        Good call on the Star Wars reference, was my first thought too. The design could be improved by making the everything behind the wheel house into a retractable hard-top, and or, make it so it can open into a pavillion or a deck. What's the point of owning a boat if you can't entertain people on it at exotic ports, right? I like the idea of having it "button up" for speed or fowl weather, and then "open up" for run in the sun. I would pay top dollar for a boat of that design assuming it has a proper head and kitchen.
          EnzoHonda
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Shinkaze
          I hate when it's raining chickens.
      Lee Yna
      • 2 Months Ago

      Bugatti Veyron Boat - http://richieast.com/bugatti-veyron-boat-inspired-aerodynamics/

      Steven Saavedra
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wait, I thought we've already seen what happens when you try to mix a Bugatti and a body of water......
      Overload in CO
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's no speedboat, that's the GRX, the Worlds Fastest Car!
      Pdexter
      • 3 Years Ago
      Damn that looks more like a spaceship than a boat. There's some wacky, super modern looking boats out there, but not this sleek. Though because of that i think it would not look exactly like that if it ever where build for real.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Pdexter
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      QAZZY
      • 3 Years Ago
      I respect the Veyron for what it is, a marvel of engineering, but I'd never get one. It's not much of a driver's car. It's more of a 'I can go faster than you can'-type thing. You're not steering well with 4000lbs (unless you have electronic whatevers, but what's the fun of that?). The Mclaren F1 was fully intended as a driver's car, with top speed as a side effect. I want a driver's car first, not land speed records. If I wanted 1000hp in a boat, I'd do it the awesome(r) way: two Audi V12 TDIs. But you know, this is cool too.
        sparrk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @QAZZY
        if you don't want a Veyron , don't buy one. i'd get one , because it was meant to be a GT car, not a track car. in the real world it's better than a F1. the F1 didn't handle that good anyway compared to its rivals.
      kv
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Sang Bleu is truly beautiful, and this boat doesn't disappoint. I'm just glad the guy who owns the Sang Bleu (car) actually drives it. The only real shame is that he has to split the time with his Veyron Convertible. Yep, both. He has an amazing arsenal of cars, as I'm sure I would if I had the means....
      George
      • 3 Years Ago
      How rich can you get???
      jmi2
      • 3 Years Ago
      wow! next? Veyron: the airplane...
      SuperDave479
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks perfect. Now I just need it to be able to launch the car out the back, Bond-style. The car could float out, I could drive it to shore and then it would automatically convert to drive on the road. What? As long as I'm dreaming....
      John Mello
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wonder what the weight difference is from this engine to a comparable hp/lb diesel? Don't know anything about big cube diesel vs otto's, but wonder if you can get away with a diesel that make only 700hp but has the huge torque numbers they are known for. Wish I had the pocket book to do the real world testing!
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