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Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport L’Or Blanc from Scalextric

By Mark Savage
Published: August 14, 2013
Scalextric Bugatti Veyron
Scalextric's Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport L’Or Blanc is a racy-looking white grand touring car with blue stripes and patterns.
Product: Car nuts the world over know the name Bugatti, and most know that its Veyron is more than a muscle car, more than a racer, more than an exotic — it’s a Super Supercar.

How so? Well, the mid-engine Veyron EB 16.4 Super Sport is officially the fastest street-legal production car in the world. Top speed? Just 268 mph!

Now slot-car racers can simulate that speed on their home tracks with Scalextric’s Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport L’Or Blanc model, a decidedly racy-looking white grand touring car with blue stripes and patterns on the car that give it the appearance of being fast, even just sitting still.

Bugatti, by the way, celebrated its centennial in 2009, the original firm being founded in 1909 by Ettore Bugatti, an Italian. Yet Bugatti based his firm in Molshein, which was in Germany but is now in France. Confusing? Yes, but just know that Bugatti is now part of Volkswagen, so apparently what goes around comes around, as least regarding the firm’s roots.

The racy Veyron is named after racer Pierre Veyron, a French driver who won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1939 in a Bugatti. Bugatti racers won Le Mans twice in the 1930s and were considered, even in their day, to be near works of art.

Folks are still worshiping at the automotive alter of Bugatti. The guys on the BBC’s flashy Top Gear are so in love with the Veyron that they named it the show’s Car of the Decade. Pretty heady!

Then again, many folks will be impressed by the car’s 16-cylinder engine, which also features four turbochargers. That’s what the 16.4 stands for in the fastest production car’s name.

Performance: You won’t find any turbos on the slot-car version, but there is a snappy 18,000-rpm sidewinder motor. This gives the car excellent straight-line speed, on a par with other Scalextric cars.
 
Customers also will be happy with the car’s look inside and out. The Veyron is well executed with a distinguishable interior, including seats, and a detailed dash with several gauges and a shifter. There’s also a driver figure inside, but he’s not a racer — no helmet!

The exterior is realistic, with the giant Bugatti horse-collar grille and logo at the top, and the sleek Veyron body with its exposed 16-cylinder engine just behind the roofline. This is well-detailed in the slot car, as are the car’s chrome wheels with disc brakes behind them.

There are other little touches too, like the paint job, the white mirrors and black roof, plus a Veyron L’Or Blanc license plate in back. But what racers will like is that its headlights and taillights both work, the front lights having a mild Xenon effect, which makes them fairly bright. Good for night racing!

This car also is digital-plug-ready, a small door on the bottom of the chassis allowing for access to use a C8515 Digital Plug. Installation is quick and easy.

Magnatraction gives the car modest grip, but you’ll want to make sure any buyer goes home with a set of silicon tires to give their car better cornering ability. Several friends in our slot-car group run Veyrons and the cars all exhibit a fair amount of tail wagging.

Suggest to any Veyron buyer that they buy some of your shop’s small flat magnets (another add-on sale) to help them get the most out of this racer. I put this on my track against three other Scalextric cars and it was by far the slowest at 6.73 seconds. The others — a Mustang, a Lola Aston Martin LeMans racer and a Ford GT40 — were all roughly a second or more faster per lap. I put silicone tires on the Veyron so it would be equipped equally with the other cars. Magnets will help keep the Veyron tail from washing out.

Marketing: The Veyron Grand Sport L’Or Blanc is pretty impressive looking, so you may be able to sell this one on looks as much as anything. But engage your customers in a conversation about tuning the car, which will help assure more tire and magnet sales, not only on this car but others, as well.

Be sure to point out the car’s easy switchover to a digital unit. And you may want to set up a Supercar display in your store window with Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren and Pagani Zonda models in plastic or die-cast — and, of course, slot cars.

Folks love fast cars, and Bugatti’s Veyron is atop the heap!

VITAL STATS
Product: Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport L’Or Blanc
Maker: Scalextric
Scale: 1:32
Stock number: C3394
MSRP: $54.99
Availability: Hornby America

BOTTOM LINE
• Great looking
• Popular supercar
• Easy digital-ready access 

Mark Savage is associate publisher of Scale Auto and other Kalmbach Publishing Co. titles