When the design teams from KPM Berlin and the sports car manufacturer Bugatti Automobiles SAS work together to equip a Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport with elements made of high-quality porcelain, automotive works of art are created. At “L'Or Blanc” in 2011, the car was decorated with the relief of the famous dancing elephant Rembrandt Bugatti - the sculptor and brother of the automobile designer Ettore Bugatti.
A year later, the Chinese Year of the Dragon was the design theme for “Wei Long”. KPM developed porcelain elements with corresponding motifs for both the body and the interior of the valuable unique piece.
“The biggest challenge for us was designing the kite,” says KPM chief designer Thomas Wenzel. “Designing it not from a European perspective, but rather internalizing the iconography of Chinese and Asian motifs was crucial for this project.”
The crimson interior of the “Wei Long” looks like a lacquer carving from the Ming period. Subtle red accents in the exterior (rims, taillights) make the white paintwork of the body and the porcelain elements shine brilliantly.
The oil and tank caps have a porcelain medallion with a relief of a dragon's head. The wheel hub cover takes up the theme in the form of the old Chinese character for dragon – lóng. The magnificent highlight of the car interior is a 24 x 19 cm porcelain plate with a dragon's head, which is embedded in the back wall between the seat shells.