20 interesting facts about Bugatti
Bugatti, a well-known automotive company is one of the oldest automobile manufacturers. Despite what its name may suggest, Bugatti is a French, not Italian automaker; this is only one of many fascinating facts about this famous automaker that you will learn from our small review.
1. Like many other famous automobile brands, Bugatti bears the name of its creator. The company’s founder Ettore Bugatti was born in a prominent artistic family in Milan, Italy. The company, named Automobiles Ettore Bugatti was founded by Ettore Bugatti in Molsheim, Alsace, German Empire (from 1919 – until now: Alsace, France), in 190 9. Ettore established new company’s headquarters in Bugatti family mansion, chateau Saint-Jeanne. After the end of World War I, when Alsace became a part of France, the company returned to car manufacturing.
2. Ettore loved to experiment with different car designs, thanks to artistic background, he was as much of an artist, as he was a constructor. His company produced diverse models, however all of them had one distinct feature: every Bugatti vehicle was built for high speed and performance. The Bugatti Type 35, may very well be considered to be the best racing car of all times. Produced between 1924 and 1931, this model won 1800 motorsports competitions.
3. In 1927, the French automaker introduced one of the most extravagant car models in automobile history. The Bugatti Type 41, better known as Royale, was a 6.4 m long luxury car, powered by a straight-eight engine. The Bugatti Royale featured wheel spokes, made of piano wire and was too expensive even for European royalty; only six of planned 25 cars were ever produced.
4. Unexpectedly, automobile manufacturing was not the only area of expertise for Ettore Bugatti. In 1933, the French company produced a train that set a world speed record for the fastest passenger train. Bugatti train could reach the top speed of 172 km/h. Overall, Bugatti built 88 trains of this type.
5. In 1938, Bugatti was involved in construction of racing airplanes. The Bugatti Model 100 was designed to compete in the prestigious air racing event Deutsch de la Meurthe Cup Race. The project was not finished due to the outbreak of World War II.
6. Louis Chiron, a famous racer from Monaco, was the most successful Bugatti driver of all times. The concept car Bugatti 18/3 Chiron, which later made its way into serial production, was named after him.
7. One of Ettore’s sons, Jean Bugatti was very passionate about his family business. He was a talented automobile designer and test driver. Unfortunately, he died at the age of 30 in a car accident, while testing the Type 57 tank-bodied racer which had just won a Le Mans race.
8. In 1956, Bugatti produced its 8000s vehicle.
9. After the end of World War II, the Europeans wanted smaller, economy cars. The popularity of luxury vehicles, declined drastically. Unfavorable economic and financial conditions led the famous French company to bankruptcy. Bugatti Automobiles was sold to Hispano-Suiza and was renamed into “Messier Bugatti”.
10. In 1987, the Bugatti brand was acquired by Romano Artioli, a broker and automobile dealer from South Tirol. The Italian entrepreneur established Bugatti Automobili S.p.A. and announced of revival of the famous automobile brand. Romano Artioli’s company released a roadster Bugatti EB110 and then, its motorsports modification, the Bugatti EB110 SS (Super Sport). Despite both vehicles had incredible visual style, they had nothing in common with a classical Bugatti design. While the revival of the famous French marque became a sensation of automobile world, the newly created company was not able to sell enough cars to turn profit. In 1995, Romano Artioli announced about the bankruptcy of Bugatti Automobili S.p.A.
11. In 1998, Bugatti was returned to life the second time, when it was bought by the German company Volkswagen AG. The same year, during the Paris Motor Show, the newly established company presented its first model, the concept car EB 118. The two-man 555 h/p sports car was designed by a famous industrial design company Italdesign.
12. In September 2001, Bugatti division of Volkswagen AG made a decision to launch its first production vehicle. The 1001 h/p supercar was named Bugatti Veyron 16.4. Many automobile experts consider this model one of the best cars of its time.
13. Bugatti Veyron 16.4 was named after Pierre Veyron, a famous racing driver of Bugatti motor sports team.
14. In summer 2010, Bugatti Veyron 16.4. Super Sport became the fastest street-legal production car in the world with a top speed of 431 km/h.
15. Despite its unprecedented price (a roadster Bugatti Veyron 16.4. Grand Sport Vitesse is the most expensive production car in the world), the Veyron model was unprofitable for VW Group. German company invested over $ 1 billion, while revenues from all sold Veyron’s is a little more than $ 600 million. However, one may argue that it was still worth it for them to revive the famous brand and create the fastest car in the world, since it was hard to imagine a more effective advertising campaign for the German company.
16. Bugatti Veyron was nicknamed anti-plane due to its high speed.
17. In order to reach the maximum speed on Bugatti Veyron, it’s required to perform a specific procedure. The Top Speed Mode of Bugatti Veyron must be initiated while the vehicle is at rest. Its driver must toggle a special top speed key, which triggers a checklist to establish whether the car and its driver are ready to attempt to reach 407 km/h. If so, the rear spoiler retracts, the front air diffusers shut, and normal 12.5 cm ground clearance drops to 6.5 cm
18. Veyron may very well be the most expensive car to maintain in automobile history. The single Bugatti Veyron gearbox costs more than new Porsche 911 and its break plates are more expensive than Volkswagen Golf’s.
19. Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic is the most expensive car in the world. The colossal price of $ 30 million is determined by a fact that Bugatti built only four of this delightful masterpieces of automotive design, with only two antique vehicles surviving to this day.
20. In 2010, two designers, Robert Gulpen of Munich and Stuart Hughson of Liverpool, decided to join forces and create something beautiful. The result of this joint effort was pretty amusing: a 1:18 scale gold replica of the Bugatti Veyron. The item, made of 24 karat solid gold and 7.2 carats worth of encrusted diamonds, is called the Bugatti Veyron Diamond Limited Edition. With only three of these luxury toys made the price tag of this piece is € 2.4 million, which is more than original car itself.