VIDEO. Ranked after a successful career, Andy Wallace is now a test pilot at Bugatti.
After Loris Bicocchi, Bugatti now puts forward another test pilot: Andy Wallace. Aged 58, and 33 years of career as a race driver, the British joined the development team of the French manufacturer in 2011. It is he who recently signed the speed record to more than 490 km / h in Chiron Super Sport 300+ pre-series. Discover it on video.
Wallace first dealt with the Volkswagen group in F3, in 1986. Then between the late 1990s and the early 2000s, he drove for Audi and Bentley, which opened the doors of the German giant. "I thought that at the end of my career as a racing driver, I would not have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of powerful vehicles, but Bugatti came to me with an offer that I simply could not refuse. "he explains.
The ideal profile
Andy Wallace is both a specialist in endurance and speed, two qualities particularly useful when it comes to developing supercars. He has participated 21 times in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which he won in 1988 with Jaguar, for as many starts at the 24 Hours of Daytona which he won three times in 1990 (Jaguar), 1997 (Riley & Scott) and 1999 ( Riley & Scott). In 1998, he set a speed record in McLaren F1 at 391 km / h.
Since arriving at Bugatti, Wallace has traveled more than 100,000km driving brand cars including 30 variants of Veyron, Chiron and Divo and prototypes. In addition, he officiates as a monitor with customers of the manufacturer, new proof if it was necessary that the prestige of a brand does not hold that his vehicles.