McLaren’s CEO Ron Dennis is still making friends in his new role as the Chief Inspiration Officer of the automotive group in Woking. After upsetting Mercedes with his new MP-12C, he has now taken to given Bugatti and good thrashing.
It seems Dennis was nonplussed with a recent episode of Top Gear in which the venerable McLaren F1 was bested by the Bugatti Veyron. According to Dennis, the event was staged:
“When we did the race in Abu Dhabi, we beat it off the line so many times that the film crew was getting frustrated because the outcome was supposed to be for the Bugatti to win.”
“So we had to do that whole thing about ten times before it managed to get off the line cleanly and catch us up. Because every time they dropped the clutch it bogged down and we were gone.”
So how does Dennis feel about the Veyron?
Succinctly put, Dennis called it a “piece of junk.”
He further espoused that it was, “pig ugly”
“The Veyron doesnâ€™t do anything for me. Iâ€™ve been looking at it for years, and I donâ€™t see one single thing that makes me feel good.”
Ouch! Never mincing words that Ron Dennis and you have to like the spirit of the man who is attempting to become the British Ferrari.