Ultra-rare 250mph Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse for sale
Tyres need replacing every 6,000 miles, at the cost of almost $60,000 each time
Dread that moment when your car mechanic tells you that you need to fit four new tyres to your car? Imagine the groan of discontent if he then told you a set of new rubber costs almost $60,000.
Well that's the reality if you're fortunate enough to afford this outrageous second-hand motor — a one-of-eight Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse that's just gone on sale in the UK.
And it's no wonder the current owner wants it gone — some of the running costs are so steep you're looking at more than half the UK average annual wage just to be insured to drive it.
The car in question, on sale at H.R. Owen's Jack Barclay luxury car dealership in Mayfair, London, is the world's fastest roadster.
The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse was built in limited numbers, but this World Record Edition model is just one of eight to ever be made.
Built to celebrate its record-breaking speed attempt, the orange and black (it's actually carbon fibre) paint scheme matches that of the very car that achieved a top speed of 254.04mph in April 2013, registering it as the fastest open top car ever.
As you can imagine, this 1184bhp 8.0-litre W16 powered monster won't come cheap — the standard Grand Sport Vitesse cost $3.7million new before options; this ultra-limited model, with 1,130 miles on the clock, is for sale now at an eye-watering $4.32million.
But don't just think it's the purchase price that's out of this world; anyone with the funds to buy it will also have to cover the outrageous running costs to actually use it.
For instance, those specially made PAX Michelin Pilot Sport tyres, which are the widest tyres fitted to any passenger car in the world, need replacing every 6,000 miles at a cost of $14,400 each.
Even if petrol prices are at their lowest for six years, keeping this Veyron brimmed isn't cheap, and you'll need to use the more expensive premium unleaded in this near-$5million hypercar.
With a 100-litre tank, that's $270 each time you fill it at a fuel station.
It won't hold onto it for too long though - Bugatti said, when the car is driven flat out at 250mph, it will guzzle it all in 12 minutes. We imagine it's more economical if you're driving within legal limits, though.
Booking the car in for a service isn't inexpensive either. In fact, H.R. Owen told AutoCar last year that an annual service can be as much as $240,000.
That incredible fee covers 35 hours of work, which is how long it will take to carry out all the yearly maintenance checks, including five days just to change the alternator.
It will also include oil changes, which won't be cheap, especially as the Veyron uses 42 litres in total, with 18 litres in the engine and the rest in places like the axles and gearbox.
Technicians also have to check the 14 single-use titanium chassis bolts that hold together the carbon chassis and rear sub-frame — if any of these need replacing, they cost $432 each or $6000 for a set.
And you best hope that your Veyron doesn't have an overheating issue - this model doesn't have one radiator, it has 10.
Finally, you'll have to stump up the average cost of insurance for a Veyron driver to use it on the roads. That'll be another $36,000 leaving your bank account each year.
Anita Krizsan, Bugatti brand director for H.R. Owen, originally sold this very Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse World Record Edition new three years ago — she knows a thing or two about these cars, as she holds the record for the most Veyrons sold in a year, standing at 12.
She said: 'It was a pleasure to sell this car to its first owner the first time around, and we are delighted that our unique relationship with our clients means that we have the opportunity to help the car find its second owner.
'This is a fantastic example of an iconic car, which has been meticulously cared for in its life so far. It will make for a wonderful investment for collectors and enthusiast alike.'
If you do have the funds to buy and run this very special Bugatti, then do get in touch with the dealership — we won't be competing with you to purchase it.