Outside the Plaza Athénée in Paris, two hypercars with a combined value of around £8 million according to recent auction sales (the Laf contributing $7 million to that value), hit each other. With car spotters and onlookers gawping at the site of these two extremely rare vehicles, gasps can be heard as they touch bumpers while trying to pull out onto the public road.
With both owners maneuvering their cars, the Veyron driver uses too much throttle and gives the Ferrari sat behind him a solid whack. Stood outside the cars, what looks to be a friend of the driver of the Ferrari, slams his hand down onto the rear quarter of the Veyron shouting at him to stop before it’s too late.
The Veyron driver hesitates briefly before driving off without inspecting the damage, leaving the doorman of the hotel swapping his gaze between the two cars with a look of bewilderment.
To the keen eye of the Bugatti enthusiast, you’ll notice this isn’t a standard Veyron. It is the L’or Blanc edition. This means it has been painted using the same styles and techniques of the artisans at the German porcelain designer, Königliche Porzellan-Manufatur (KPM). For the finishing touches, certain parts of the car such as the fuel cap, wheel centres, and some of the interior, are pieced together by KPM themselves by hand in porcelain.
The cars can also be seen in this video, both with Saudi Arabian license plates, suggesting the drivers know each other. Hopefully.
It’s been estimated that a new bumper for the Laf would cost around £15,000, and the rear bumper of the Veyron the same, so that’s one extremely expensive repair bill. The parts alone equal the value of a new Ariel Atom or a dual-clutch Golf R. If only he’d used his reverse parking sensors.