New: issue of the Bugatti Revue with an incredible 14(!) articles, on specific Bugatti's, classic car shows, Bugatti Mystery part, art, miniatures and Humor! Furthermore original articles from 1906 and 1935, and modern, Bugatti - inspired - designs. And, as a bonus, three free kits to build Bugatti miniatures yourself! (May 2)
The Raymond Stofer Archive You´d better take your time for this one! ALL Bugatti types, partly of the original cars, partly of miniatures
Jacob Munkhammar Bugatti site
This site was missed since 2001, I put it back on line, thanks to Pascal van Mele, the version is of January 2001!
Especially the the Hunting for Bugatti Information, "Everything Bugatti" (articles) and the Bugatti cars database are of the most interest, but you will find much more!!! However, of course Jacob does not respond to mails anymore, some older links may not work, the Pim Faber books, models and stamps databases do not work, and the Hunting Bugatti Questions are not followed up. As a service, I will post all answers to his existing questions on my pages, new questions will be published on my site also!
Bugatti and classic car auto glass replacement and sourcing information.
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Ettore Bugatti tractor and boat designs, 110 years ago!
I had already heard about this from Wolf Kiefer, but found an article about it with more details in the Alsatian Newspaper DNA from Sunday 16, 2018 (Thanks Daniel, for leaving it on the breakfast table!). It is written by Josef Pohl from Cologne, with whom I came into contact recently. I will find out more and come with more informations and hopefully drawings and photographs in due time!
We all know that Ettore was working for the Gasmotoren Fabrik Deutz in Cologne, for which he designed a few automobile types. Also, Ettore copied the Deutz red-oval logo for his own brand when he started building cars under his own name in 1910. (Yes, I know that officially the brand started in 1909, but that were only a few weeks when during Christmas time Ettore and Friderich painted the inside of the building. All machinery came in 1910, and just a few cars were built that year, 1910).
The Gasmotoren Fabrik Deutz has extensive archives, also about this period, and publishes about it's history regularly. Ettore Bugatti is mentioned as being part of this history.
1908 was a successful year, both for Deutz as well as Bugatti. Several dozen of chassis were completed and many of them delivered to the coachwork company Utermöhle. Meanwhile, Ettore had time to design more than just cars, there were Race boats, Trucks and of course the tractor pictured above. All of these were powered by the same 7 litre engine of approximately 50 - 60 horsepower.
The boats were tested in the harbour of Mülheim, the Trucks each had a capacity of 5 tons. However, it is believed that the Tractor was in fact the first one in the world. It had four-wheel drive, and could move in both directions at the same speed of 5 km/h. It could for example be equipped by a four-bladed plow at the front and the rear, the mechanisme to raise and lower these was patented by the engineer Brey, who worked for a company named Müller, famous for agricultural equipment. Of course, other uses were also possible, like using it as a tow-vehicle. There was a separate drive shaft for the plow, with a conical leather lined coupling. This, as well as the engine, gearbox, differentials, thus the complete drive train was designed by Ettore Arco Isidoro Bugatti.
This Tractor was in use untile the mid-twenties on the Langen family manor in Oberelvenich near Zülpich. Arnold Langen junior told this to Josef Pohl.
Thus: as we can see here: still new discoveries can be made, if one only looks for them, and has a broader mind than just the automobiles from the 1920's and 30's!
The company will release three versions – Roadster, Super Sport and Superlight.
Only recently we watched the new new model Bugatti Divo built on the basis of the famous Chiron hypercar. But now there is evidence that the company is preparing three versions – each with its own characteristics, according to the Chronicle.
If You thought that Bugatti Divo’s would be it's last reinvention of the Chiron hypercar, then you were wrong. According to the magazine Automobile Magazine, the Bugatti works at least on three models: Superlight, Super Sport Roadster. And they are all intended for the construction of certain features of the car to a new level.
One of the next models will be a model Chiron Superlight – car is aimed at maximum reduction of mass. In addition will be significantly improved aerodynamics. After that will be released a track version Chiron Super Sport, which will apply all developments in aerodynamics and weight reduction, but with additional emphasis on sports use.
But the most interesting option would be the Bugatti Chiron Roadster. As the name implies the car will receive the open top, but will be the most slow and heavy in the line (maybe). Although the company had previously stated that such a version will never be released.
It remains to be seen how customers will react to these additional models, especially because all three will be produced in very limited series. Although it is not surprising that the company strives to earn as much money as possible in the fast growing market of premium cars. Already closely approached by Pagani Huayras and Koenigseggs.
Of course now details are sketchy, but there is a good probability that it will be powered by the quad-turbo 8.0 liter W16 engine. But don’t be surprised if Bugatti does tweak to further increase the power and torque for each variant.
September 22, 2018
Bonhams' Goodwood Revival auction, Goodwood, UK, September 8, 2018
1924 Bugatti Brescia Type 13a,
Chassis no. 2058, Engine no. 366,
Estimate: £ 380,000 - 400,000 (€ 420,000 - 440,000): Not sold
2012 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport,
Chassis no. VF9SG25243M795038, Estimate:
£ 1,400,000 - 1,900,000 (€ 1,600,000 - 2,100,000): Not sold
September 1, 2018
Gooding & Company Pebble Beach auctions, August 24 & 25, 2018
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante,
Chassis: 57766, Engine: C57,
Estimate: $2,800,000 - $3,300,000: Sold for $2,805,000
1931 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix,
Estimate: $3,200,000 - $3,700,000: Sold for $3,740,000
2014 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse,
Estimate: $2,100,000 - $2,600,000: Not Sold
September 1, 2018
First ever life-size and drivable LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron is a pioneering
piece of engineering and design.
30th of August 2018. Testament that with LEGO Technic you can build for real, this nonglued, fully-functional and self-propelled LEGO Technic model can fit two passengers inside and accelerate to over 20km/h
Perfectly recreating the organic design lines of the world’s fastest production car – the iconic Bugatti Chiron1 – the LEGO Technic life-size model pushes the boundaries of what LEGO builders imagined was possible to build in LEGO elements.
The model is the first large scale movable construction developed using over 1,000,000 LEGO Technic elements and powered exclusively using motors from the LEGO Power Function platform. Packed with 2,304 motors and 4,032 LEGO Technic gear wheels, the engine of this 1.5 tonnes car is generating 5.3 horse power and an estimated torque of 92 Nm.
Lena Dixen, Senior Vice President of Product and Marketing at the LEGO Group said:
“This life-size model is a first of its kind in so many ways and with it, we wanted to push the boundaries of our own imagination. For over 40 years, LEGO Technic has allowed fans of all ages to test their creativity with a building system that challenges them to go beyond just creating new designs, to also engineering new functions. Our Technic designers and the engineers from the Kladno factory in the Czech Republic, the place which also builds the impressive models for LEGO Stores and LEGOLAND parks, have done an amazing job both at recreating the Chiron’s iconic shapes and making it possible to drive this model. It’s a fascinating example of the LEGO Technic building system in action and its potential for creative reinvention.”
A fascinating feat of design and engineering
Seen from a distance side by side, the resemblance of the two cars is striking. Get closer and you will find a fascinating and complex outer ‘skin’ structure, built of interconnected triangular segments made into a LEGO Technic ‘fabric’ designed to mimic the iconic shapes of the original Chiron. Peek inside and discover that every single detail of the original car has been carefully and precisely recreated in LEGO Technic elements – from seats, to dashboard and the steering wheel.
Equipped with a rear spoiler, speedometer, front and back-lights, detachable steering wheel and brake pedal, all fully functional and built of LEGO Technic elements, the model is a dream come true for any LEGO fan. Building it required the use of 339 types of LEGO Technic elements, and over 13,000 work hours of development and construction.
A test drive like no other
Building a one of a kind LEGO Technic life-size car is one part of the task. Testing if it can drive is another. And what better location than the same place where the real Chiron was first tested – Ehra Lessien proving ground in Germany – a unique facility built to handle speed.
One weekend afternoon, the LEGO model took off and accelerated to everyone’s joy and amazement. And while it may not match the original Bugatti Chiron’s mindboggling 420 km/h speed, the LEGO Technic’s power function motors have managed the impressive performance to propel it to a little over 20km/h – ultimately making the ‘Build for Real’ idea truly complete.
Andy Wallace – the driver behind the LEGO Technic Chiron – former racing driver with multiple wins of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Daytona, as well as many other races, and today official Bugatti pilot, said:
"When I first saw the LEGO Chiron, I was immediately impressed by the accuracy of the model and the minute attention to detail. In fact, from about 20 metres away it’s not obvious that you are looking at a LEGO car. I can only imagine how much time and effort went into making this model."
"Driving the LEGO Chiron was a great experience, which I thoroughly enjoyed. All those years ago I could never have imagined that one day I would actually drive a LEGO car!"
The Chiron is the ultimate super sports car and the latest interpretation of Bugatti’s brand values ‚Art Forme Technique‘. With a power output of 1,500 HP, unprecedented for production vehicles, an exceptionally high torque value of 1,600 Nm between 2,000 and 6,000 rpm and a wide variety of technical innovations, the Chiron sets new standards in every respect. The Chiron is not only designed for maximum speed, but also meets the highest possible demands in terms of luxury, comfort, everyday drivability and durability. The Chiron combines the best in all these areas which makes it the world’s most complete super sports car.
The LEGO Technic life-size Bugatti Chiron will be unveiled for the first time at the Grand Prix Formula 1 event in Monza, Italy, in August 30.
The model is a first of its kind in many ways:
first fully-functional self-propelled life-size
LEGO TECHNIC car
first non-glued LEGO TECHNIC model of such complexity
first large model powered using LEGO TECHNIC power function motors
first large-scale moving model using LEGO TECHNIC bricks & elements
first time to create new types of transparent LEGO TECHNIC bricks
first time to create load bearing parts build purely out of LEGO TECHNIC bricks & elements. …using 58 types of TECHNIC custom-made elements
Facts and numbers:
Over 1,000,000 LEGO elements in total
339 types of LEGO TECHNIC elements used
No glue used in the assembly - Total weight: 1500 kg
2,304 LEGO Power Function Motors
4,032 LEGO TECHNIC gear wheels
2,016 LEGO TECHNIC cross axles
Theoretical performance of 5.3 HP
Estimated Torque of 92 Nm
Functional rear spoiler (using both LEGO Power Functions and Pneumatics)
Functional speedometer built entirely from LEGO TECHNIC elements
13,438-man hours used on development and construction
The model comes with real Bugatti Chiron wheels and emblem
Thus, a lot nicer model than the one shown here on these pages on July 15!
August 25, 2018
Bugatti presents the new Divo
Well, I had hoped that the new Divo, presented yesterday by Bugatti as a more nimble, faster car in line with the Bugatti racing heritage, would be like the following: Smaller engine, maybe W8 or W12 of 4 or 6 litres capacity and maybe around 800 HP, and above all: considerably lighter; maybe around 1000 kg, and possibly even a car to race at the Le Mans 24 hours. However, those were dreams, and as Bugatti stated it was based on the Chiron, I already doubted if my dreams would come true.
In fact, yes, the Divo is lighter, by a full 35 kg, so it still is around two tonnes. Of course the outer body-work is redesigned, and probably they layed some of the carbon fibres in the chassis a bit different, to improve stiffness. Then the aerodynamics were changed from focus on speed to downforce. Maximum speed limited to 380 km/h, maybe because it does not reach much more than 400 either..
Of course the guys at Bugatti are enthusiastic, so here we present to you: the DIVO!
And finally, in case you are interested: All 40 Divo's that will be produced, were already sold at earlier demonstrations to Veyron and Chiron owners.
World premiere for the Divo
Bugatti unveils its latest model in California at the exclusive event “The Quail – A Motorsports Gathering”
Bugatti President Stephan Winkelmann: “The Divo has significantly higher performance in terms of lateral acceleration, agility and cornering. The Divo is made for corners.”
Sophisticated aerodynamics programme, modifications to chassis and suspension as well as weight reduction make the Divo a star performer on corners
35 kg (77 lbs) lighter than the Chiron
Higher lateral acceleration of 1.6 g
90 kg (198 lbs) more downforce than the Chiron
Maximum speed limited to 380 km/h (236 mph)
8 seconds faster lap time on the Nardò handling circuit
New progressive design language underlines the inner values of the Divo
Divo is the modern interpretation of Bugatti’s coachbuilding tradition
Divo to be homologated as a road vehicle
Strictly limited small series of 40 vehicles already sold out
Net unit price: €5 million
Curtains up for the Divo. Today, at the exclusive automotive event “The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering“ in Monterey, California, Bugatti has presented its latest model as a world premiere. With the Divo, the French luxury brand has developed a super sports car tuned for agility, nimbleness and optimum handling performance on winding roads. It is powered by Bugatti’s iconic eight-litre W16 engine with a power output of 1,500 PS. The aerodynamics of the model have been intensively fine-tuned and the suspension and chassis settings have been modified. As a result, the Divo is 35 kilograms (77 lbs) lighter and has 90 kilograms (198 lbs) more downforce than the standard Chiron2. The lateral acceleration of the Divo has been boosted to 1.6 g. Its maximum speed is limited to 380 km/h (236 mph). The Divo can lap the Nardò handling circuit in southern Italy eight seconds faster than the Chiron. The series will only consist of 40 vehicles. Upon the start of presentations to selected customers, the strictly limited small series, with a net unit price of €5 million, sold out immediately.
“When I took up my position at Bugatti at the beginning of the year, I soon learnt that our customers and fans were waiting for a special vehicle which would tell a further story for the brand in addition to the Chiron,” said Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. “The Bugatti team was also very eager to implement a project like this.”
It was therefore decided to build a super sports car with a different character from the Chiron which would still be immediately recognizable as a Bugatti.
With the Divo, Bugatti is also reviving its coachbuilding tradition. In its first few decades, the French luxury brand had considerable success with bodies built to its own design and installed on existing chassis.
“To date, a modern Bugatti has represented a perfect balance between high performance, straight-line dynamics and luxurious comfort. Within our possibilities, we have shifted the balance in the case of the Divo further towards lateral acceleration, agility and cornering,” Winkelmann added. “The Divo is made for bends.“
“The feedback from our customers was overwhelming,” the Bugatti President reports. “We showed the Divo to a small group of selected Chiron customers. All 40 cars were sold immediately – this was fantastic confirmation for the Bugatti team which had put so much dedication and passion into the project.”
“The Divo is a further project intended to thrill people and the world,” Winkelmann adds. “Our fans are very important to us.”
The supercar is named after Albert Divo, a French racing driver who was a two-time winner of the famous Targa Florio race on the mountainous roads of Sicily with Bugatti in the late 1920s.
The Divo represents the modern interpretation of the brand’s coachbuilding tradition
“The modern interpretation of coachbuilding gave us engineers new freedom,” says Stefan Ellrott, Head of Technical Development at Bugatti. “The step that we have taken with the Divo in terms of agility and high-performance cornering dynamics can be compared with the overall development from the Veyron to the Chiron.“
A sophisticated aerodynamics programme makes for optimum vehicle cooling and 90 kilograms more downforce.
The aerodynamic properties of the Divo were improved by a considerable amount of detailed work. The front cover is equipped with air intakes which reduce the effective cross-sectional area of the vehicle at the same time as ensuring improved air flow at the front and increasing aerodynamic efficiency. An optimized “air curtain” makes for better air flow over the front and rear sections of the car’s sides.
The newly-designed, wide front spoiler provides higher downforce and guides more air to the front air inlets. The cooling system therefore receives a higher mass flow and overall cooling performance is improved.
The brakes are cooled by four independent air sources on each side of the vehicle: air flows in from the high-pressure area above the front bumper, the inlets on the front wings, one inlet on the front radiator and the diffusers ahead of the tyres. Vanes direct the cold air from these areas onto the brake discs. A heat shield carries the hot air out through the wheels. This means that the brakes do not overheat and the tyre temperature is always kept in the optimum range. This system, which is already used on the Chiron, receives additional support from the vacuum generated by the air curtain on the tyres in the case of the Divo. In addition, the wheel arches are ventilated via slats on the wings.
The roof of the Divo has been designed to form a NACA air duct, a flow-optimized air inlet. In combination with the specially designed engine compartment cover, this ensures a very high air mass flow to the engine compartment, playing a key role in temperature management in this area of the vehicle.
The rear end of the Divo features a new, height-adjustable rear spoiler which functions as an air brake when turned forwards and is set to different angles for the individual driving modes. The rear spoiler has a width of 1.83 metres (72”) and is therefore 23 percent wider than on the Chiron. The wider spoiler improves efficiency and results in higher air brake performance as well as significantly more downforce.
The downforce is also boosted by the rear diffuser which has been entirely redesigned for greater efficiency and accommodates four tailpipes.
The total downforce generated is 456 kilograms, 90 kg more than on the Chiron.
New chassis and suspension settings as well as weight reduction make the Divo a star performer on corners
The main objective of chassis development work was to improve cornering dynamics; the Divo was to be sharper, more agile and more nimble.
For this purpose, the camber was increased. As a result the maximum speed of the Divo is limited to 380 km/h. In contrast to the Chiron, there is therefore no Top Speed mode. As regards lateral acceleration, the Divo reaches 1.6 g. These changes alone ensure a perceptibly different driving experience on winding roads.
The steering and suspension have been set to ensure more direct response and significantly sportier driving behaviour in all modes (EB, Autobahn and Handling).
The Divo is 35 kilograms lighter than the Chiron. The weight reduction is the result of a number of lightweight design modifications including new lightweight wheels and a carbon fibre intercooler cover. Weight was also saved by the fixing of the front diffuser flaps, a reduction in the amount of insulation material used and the installation of a lighter sound system. In order to reduce the weight, stowage compartments on the central console and in the door trims have also been omitted.
The Divo can therefore lap the Nardò handling circuit eight seconds faster than the Chiron.
New progressive design language underlines the inner values of the Divo. A new suit of clothes for a new character
“The Divo is a further example of our design philosophy ‘Form follows Performance‘. In this case, the engineers and designers aimed to create a vehicle focusing on cornering speeds and lateral dynamics,” says Achim Anscheidt, Director of Design of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S., describing the design language of the new Bugatti.
“The Divo project was also a welcome opportunity for our team to add a modern chapter to the coachbuilding story of Bugatti which had been so successful in the early years of the brand.”
“Our task was to develop a vehicle which would look different from the Chiron but still be immediately recognizable as a Bugatti,” Anscheidt adds. “For us designers, this meant that the three key style elements of Bugatti had to remain in place: the horseshoe-shaped front grille, the typical Bugatti signature line along the sides of the vehicle and the characteristic fin that defines the longitudinal axis of the car when viewed from above, which was derived from the Type 57
The design team continued the evolution of the design elements for the Divo in line with the design brief and reinterpreted the design philosophy “Form follows Performance”. The outer skin of the Divo was designed in an uncompromising way to emphasize lateral acceleration. The main objective was to achieve optimum aerodynamic and thermodynamic efficiency.
At the same time, the Divo represents a new styling approach which the design team has developed especially for a coachbuilt Bugatti and which is distinguished from the modern core products of the brand.
The slimmer side line of the Divo helps make the vehicle look lower and longer. The new proportions allow a visual horizontal division of the body, which is reinforced by a special colour scheme. The top, more elegant section is painted with a matt finish in a silver colour “Titanium Liquid Silver” developed especially for the Divo. This effectively underpins the sculptural, muscular form of the car. The long domed areas with their smooth surfaces along the C-pillar and the rear side sections optically shift the driver’s cab forwards. This gives the Divo an extremely dynamic appearance even when the vehicle is standing still.
The lower part of the sides has more of a functional, technical design, reinforcing the car’s forceful appearance and giving it a confident stance on the road. This section features exposed carbon fibre tinted in a petroleum blue shade, “Divo Carbon”, developed especially for this model.
An entirely new architecture was developed for the front of the car. There are additional air inlets for brake cooling. The new, vertically oriented front lights with daytime running light on the outer edge in each case give the Divo an appearance of greater width. With a light opening which is only 35 millimetres (1 3/8“) flat, the extremely compact, lightweight LED headlights move into a new technical dimension. A light animation developed especially for the Divo underlines the distinctive signature of the front end. The horizontal split into a lower carbon and an upper matt silver section also makes the Divo look lower and underlines the optical impression of width.
The NACA air inlet on the roof creates an optical connection with the air outlet in the centre of the front cover and guides the air towards the rear spoiler. The fact that the central line runs from the front over the roof to the rear spoiler is not only a reminiscence of Bugatti’s legendary past but also serves a function. This configuration prevents air eddies from forming over the vehicle, creating turbulence on the rear spoiler.
One highlight at the rear of the vehicle is definitely the new, highly sophisticated 3-D rear light. This is actually part of the rear grille, which is partly produced by a 3-D printing process and has special lightweight fins with a variety of sizes. A total of 44 of these fins light up, forming the rear light of the Divo. At the outer edge, the fins become wider, creating a more intensive light. Towards the centre of the vehicle, they are narrower, resulting in gradual fading of the light. The result is a striking appearance which means that the Divo is also unmistakable from the rear.
The two-tone colour scheme also intensifies the forceful impression created by the rear. The fenders are painted in “Titanium Liquid Silver” with a matt finish and are optically distinguished from the parts which control airflow at the rear end. Air outlets, rear spoiler and diffuser have a carbon finish.
“Divo Racing Blue”, a bright turquoise blue shade developed especially for the Divo, underlines the three-dimensional character of the three surfaces leading to the air inlets and outlets on the front, sides and rear, creating dynamically contrasting effects.
The technical character of the colour scheme and materials used for the exterior is continued in the interior. A matt version of the exclusive high-gloss carbon fibre used on the exterior is to be found in the interior.
The colour effects of the carbon tint and exterior paintwork are reflected on a 1:1 basis by the dark “Divo Grey” petroleum tone of the Alcantara in the interior, providing a subtle contrast with the glass-blasted anodized grey surfaces of the metal parts.
The distinctive “Divo Racing Blue” is also used as an Alcantara leather tone in the interior, where it plays a special role by providing an optical split in the interior surfaces. This colour is used almost throughout the driver’s section while it only provides selected accents in the darker passenger’s section.
Another stylistic link between interior and exterior is created by the door trims and seat areas, which feature an embroidered three-dimensional rhomboid structure with an algorithmic configuration, reinterpreting the structure of the grille and rear lights.
Technical innovations in the interior include the seats, which not only feature a new design but offer greater lateral support. The steering wheel is partly covered with Alcantara and has larger paddles fitted firmly on both sides of the wheel. Thanks to larger armrests and calf supports, the central console ensures greater comfort.
Car named after French racing driver and two-times Targa Florio winner Albert Divo
Albert Divo was born in Paris on 24 January 1895 under the name of Albert Eugène Diwo (he called himself Divo later). After service as a fighter pilot in the First World War, he worked as a mechanic. His career as a racing driver started with Sunbeam and Talbot-Darracq in 1919. He enjoyed rapid success and won the 1923 Spanish Grand Prix in Sitges In 1924, he moved to Delage and entered a number of sprint races in France. In 1926 and 1927, he again raced for Talbot, where he was less successful as a result of problems with an insufficiently mature design. He then returned to Delage but was not entered for any races. When Talbot and Delage retired from racing, Divo joined Bugatti’s works team in 1928. The same year, he won the Targa Florio in Sicily driving a Type 35 B. He repeated this success the following year. He took third place at Spa in 1930. Up to 1933 he entered further races for Bugatti with the Types 51, 53 and 54, as well as hillclimbs with the Types 45 and 47. From 1936, he raced for Delahaye and Talbot. He retired from racing in 1939. Following the Second World War, Albert Divo worked as racing manager for Castrol. In 1962, he was a founder member of the Club International des Anciens Pilotes de Grand Prix F1 in Villars-sur-Ollon (Switzerland). Divo received the Legion of Honour. He then led a withdrawn life and died in Morsang-sur-Orge to the south of Paris on 19 November 1966.
Divo definitely celebrated his greatest success with Bugatti, whose dominance of the Targa Florio started in 1925. The legendary Targa Florio, held on a mountain circuit in Sicily each year until 1977, was certainly one of the most arduous of all the endurance races of its time. Bugatti won the race five times in succession with the Type 35.
Bugatti coachbuilding: factory coachwork made in Molsheim
With the Divo, Bugatti is reviving its coachbuilding tradition. While Ettore Bugatti’s vehicles of the 1920s represented lightweight design and technical innovation, it was his son Jean who made the Bugatti bodies of the 1930s into style icons of their time. To this day, Jean’s creations embody the golden era of French coachbuilding. In their own way, father and son both contributed to the very special myth of the Bugatti marque.
In the mid 1920s, Ettore Bugatti involved his son more and more in the business of the company and it was Jean who developed concepts for Bugatti bodywork, first for the Type 41 Royale and, from 1926, also for the Type 40. Up to that point, two-seater and four-seater sports convertibles and coupés had been made by coachbuilders such as Gangloff or Lavocat & Marsaud. In order to realize his ideas, Jean engaged the services of talented body designer Joseph Walter.
It was Walter who put Jean’s ideas into practice and developed the classical Bugatti coachbuilding tradition with the Grand Sport bodies for Types 40 and 43 through to the Type 57 bodies of the 1930s. For the Type 57, various bodies such as Stelvio, Aravis, Galibier, Ventoux or Atalante could be ordered as factory options. The best-known coachbuilt creations from Bugatti were definitely the streamlined Type 50, the Type 55 roadster and the Type 57SC
August 10, 2018
The book that ends the Schlumpf affair
Ard op de Weegh, author and retired school director, went to Mulhouse and had a discussion with the conservator Richard Keller. Op de Weegh's book about the Schlumpf affair is to appear soon in the English language.
The team behind the 2 racing Bugatti EB110's back together again
What really happened: the surprising story of the two factory-built racing Bugatti EB110s
A stunning short film, free to view and based on unprecedented interviews with the former President of Bugatti, Romano Artioli, along with test driver and developer Loris Bicocchi, designer Giampaolo Benedini and many more, tells the inside story of what really happened when Bugatti Automobili decided to build two EB110s for endurance racing. The film is now available to view on YouTube – see https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=u5B1jTaqXqc. With subtitles, click on the icon below the video.
Today, the name Bugatti brings to mind the Veyron, the Chiron, and the new ‘Divo’ to be unveiled in Monterey on 24 August. But in the late 1980s, everyone was talking about the extravagant new supercar, the EB110, brainchild of wealthy businessman Romano Artioli – and the vast, state-of-the-art factory being built to produce it.
In the mid-1990s, when Romano Artioli’s glorious but ill-fated Bugatti EB110 adventure was sadly drawing to an untimely close, just two cars were built for endurance racing: the EB110 LM and the EB110 SC GTS-1, for Le Mans and the American IMSA GT championship, respectively.
As with the EB110 road car, the racers were a shockingly bold attempt to create something extraordinary, and their story has never before been told in such detail by the very men behind it.
Davide Cironi, the film’s director, explains how it came about. “The owner of the two racing cars contacted me a year ago, inviting me to visit him to make this film, and we were picked up at the airport by what I assumed was a lowly assistant. But no, it was the owner himself driving the van, one of the world’s most passionate collectors.
“Within a few hours, an astonishing series of guests began to arrive on various flights from across Italy: there was Loris Bicocchi, Romano Artioli and Giampaolo Benedini, plus Giampaolo Simonini, Fabio Baroni and Vittorio Filippini – the latter a technician so in love with his work that it was almost poetic.
“What a gift for a film-maker. We learnt so much, and laughed so much, especially the mechanic Fabio Baroni who, when recalling the challenge of working with Bicocchi to test the cars, doubled over with laughter at the colourful and compelling memories. Even after 20 years, there is a team spirit among these men that gives a powerful flavour of the atmosphere as it must have been in Bugatti Automobili at Campogalliano.
“We had two short days with these wonderful men, telling their unprecedented story of that magical, never-to-be-repeated time, and now the documentary is ready and we want to share it with as many enthusiasts as possible.” The film can be seen at https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=u5B1jTaqXqc.
Amongst a lot of other interesting parts, I especially like the racing footage of both EB110's!
July 28, 2018
Bugatti to present the World's Most Expensive Sunroof
Yes, Bugatti is introducing a "Sky View" option on the nearly $3 million Chiron, which provides a glass roof... and about an extra inch of headroom.
Here are the details from Bugatti:
There are two separate glass panels to be mounted in the roof (I wonder, would it be possible to order only one?) Each part being 65 centimeter long and 44 centimeters wide. As there are two panels, this would not reduce the stiffness of the Chiron.
The panel is built up from 4 layers of glass, but still very thin.
Each layer meets individual requirements. Firstly, undesirable wind noise is reduced and secondly infrared radiation is reflected away from the vehicle to ensure maximum thermal comfort. In addition, the glass is tinted to prevent dazzle effects and to protect occupants’ privacy.
Finally, harmful ultraviolet (UVA and UVB) radiation is filtered out. As a side-effect, the laminated design improves the stiffness of the roof panels. The outstanding structural properties of the Chiron, including the stiffness of the overall vehicle and crash safety, are maintained.
That's right, you'll be plenty protected from the sun's harmful rays.
Bugatti will debut the Chiron Sky View during Monterey Car Week in California at the end of August, along with the even higher-performance Divo.
As for how much, exactly, this option will cost? As they say, if you have to ask...
July 15, 2018
“Happiness is not around the corner. It is the corner.”
Molsheim, le 10 juillet 2018.
Bugatti is to launch a strictly limited new model under the name of Divo
Its lighter weight and agility, higher downforce and greater g-forces promise significantly better handling properties
Distinctive new design underlines driving dynamics
Bugatti President Stephan Winkelmann: “With the Divo, we want to thrill people throughout the world.”
The Bugatti Divo is named after Albert Divo, the French racing driver who won the famous Targa Florio mountain race twice for Bugatti
Divo is a reminiscence of the brand’s coachbuilding tradition
Bugatti Divo to be made in a limited series of only 40 vehicles
Net price to be €5 million
Bugatti to present the Divo as a world premiere on 24 August at “The Quail– A Motorsports Gathering“ in California, USA
Bugatti is working on a new model, the Bugatti Divo, named after Albert Divo, the French racing driver who won the famous Targa Florio race on a mountainous circuit in Sicily for Bugatti twice in the late 1920s. Based on the requirements for such a race, the Bugatti Divo will be light and nimble and will boast enormous downforce and gforces. The result will be outstanding handling properties and the dynamic character of the car will be underlined by a new, strong design language.
“Happiness is not around the corner. It is the corner. The Divo is made for corners,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.
“With the Divo, we want to thrill people throughout the world,” the Bugatti President continues. “With this project, the Bugatti team has an opportunity to interpret the brand DNA in terms of agile, nimble handling in a significantly more performance-oriented way.”
With the Divo, Bugatti is reviving its coachbuilding tradition. In the first decades of its history, the French luxury brand had considerable success with bodies designed in-house under the leadership of Jean Bugatti and installed on existing chassis.
The Divo is being made in a limited series of only 40 vehicles. The net price is €5 million. Bugatti plans to unveil the Divo as a world premiere at 11:20 a.m. (local time) on 24 August 2018 on the lawn at the renowned event “The Quail – A Motorsports Gathering“ in California, USA.
From left to right: Albert Divo / at the wheel of the Bugatti Type 35 in the Targa Florio, 1929 / Albert Divo in the 1928 Targa Florio / After the victory!
What Bugatti does not yet tell, is if this is just a different version of the Chiron (with a different, coachbuilt body), or an entirely new model. Based on the Chiron probably, as the Chiron was based on the Veyron. Hopefully it is quite a bit lighter too, as the Chiron was even heavier than the Veyron, which already was almost 2 tonnes!
That is just what you have to wait for until the end of August!
We will also know if the Bugatti Divo will be in fact good enough to be used in competition, rumour has it that the Divo will be made available for just that.
July 15, 2018
XXL-Version of the LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron 42083
Maybe you already think that the LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron 42083 is big, well, this one currently on display in Vienna, Austria, is a lot more so!
"Heiko" saw it in the Shopping City Süd in Vienna. Front and rear lights are functional. If it is in fact 1:1 scale or a bit smaller, the story does not tell...
July 14, 2018
Bonhams Auction, The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale, Collector's Motor Cars and Automobilia, July 13, 2018
1928 Bugatti 44 Tourer by Harrington, Chassis 44721, Engine no. 435,
Estimate € 360,000 - 450,000, Sold for £ 247,900 (€ 280,150) inc. premium
1928 Bugatti Type 40 Grand Sport, Chassis no. 40796,
Estimate: € 340,000 - 400,000, Sold for £ 326,300 (€ 368,750) inc. premium
2012 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Coupé, Chassis no. VF9SG252X4M795031,
Estimate € 1,900,000 - 2,100,000, Sold for £ 2,045,500 (€ 2,311,612) inc. premium
July 4, 2018
Animalier sculptor Bugatti remains a heavyweight at auction
Another substantial price for a bronze by the current hot favourite animalier sculptor, Rembrandt Bugatti (1884-1916), has emerged at the Drouot auction centre in Paris.
Beaussant Lefèvre sold this model of an Indian elephant for a hammer price of €610,000 (£ 539,825), getting on for double the €300,000-400,000 estimate, in a sale on June 20.
Bugatti created many of his models from life, studying the animals in Antwerp Zoo.
The 18.5in (45cm) high patinated bronze, a model known as Eléphant en Repos, is one of 11 examples cast by the Hébrard Foundry between 1909-10 and is signed and numbered 1.
It came with a primary provenance, having been acquired in 1911 by the comte Gérard de Ganay and passed down by direct descent.
June 19, 2018
Automobiles et Motos de Collection, Fontainebleau, France, June 17, 2018
Bugatti Type 49 4-seat Torpedo,
Estimate: 300,000 € - 380,000 €: Sold for 276,000 €
June 2, 2018
LEGO and Bugatti team up for a stunning new Technic kit
LEGO and Bugatti have teamed up for this amazing LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron. A stunning looking model featuring 3,600 pieces (well, in fact only 3599) - that'll take a fair while to put together!
It is available to buy from LEGO stores and the LEGO Shop online for £329.99 or 399.99 euro.
Developed in partnership with one of the world’s most prestigious car manufacturers, Bugatti, the model encapsulates the magic and elegance of the iconic supercar brought to life in LEGO Technic form, offering a unique, authentic build experience for car and LEGO fans alike.
The Bugatti Chiron’s place in history is assured. Not because of speed records – we’re still waiting for a de-limited, v-max run. We refer instead to today’s news, in which the Chiron has joined the exclusive club of cars immortalised in Lego Technic. And it’s big.
The exclusive 1:8 scale LEGO® Technic Bugatti Chiron replica model – measuring over 5” (14cm) high, 22” (56cm) long and 9” (25cm) wide and featuring 3,600 pieces – is packed full of intricate details and immersive touches. These include aerodynamic bodywork with an active rear wing, spoked rims with low-profile tires, detailed cockpit with movable paddle gearshift, and detailed W16 engine with moving pistons. For your nerd-tastic reference, the Lego Porsche 911 GT3 RS model only contained a measly 2,704 pieces to tread on in agony during a midnight toilet stumble, though its dimensions match the Bugatti’s.
Open the doors and you’ll discover that there’s more to the cockpit than first meets the eye, featuring a Technic 8-speed gearbox with movable paddle gearshift and a steering wheel bearing the universally recognisable Bugatti emblem.
Each individual model comes personalised with its own unique serial number, carefully stored under the hood and accessible only with a speed key – the tool unique to Bugatti cars that allow their owners to reach top speeds. The key also enables you to switch the active rear wing from handling to top speed position.
Hidden discreetly under the hood, you will also discover an additional authentic Bugatti Chiron element – the stylish Bugatti overnight bag.
Staying true to Bugatti’s heritage, the model also features the classic duo-tone blue color scheme which reflects the brand’s signature colour, and a set of identifiable stickers for additional detailing adds to the authenticity of the build.
Delivering a final exclusive touch, the set comes enclosed in a luxurious display box and includes a ’coffee table’ collectors booklet with comprehensive building instructions – and fans picking up the set can also go in-depth behind its design with series of nine exclusive podcasts featuring Bugatti and LEGO experts discussing its creation.
June 2, 2018
The engineering of the Bugatti Chiron: Everything you ever wanted to know
This is in fact a very interesting video, digging deep into the technology behind the Bugatti Chiron, and pointing out the differences with the Veyron.
Presented by Carfection+ and explained by former Le Mans winner Andy Wallace, who seems to be working for Bugatti now.
May 14, 2018
Tennants Auction, Leyburn, May 13, 2018
1935 Bugatti Type 57 ‘Grand Raid’ Tourer, Chassis 57324
, Estimate: £700,000-1,000,000 : Not Sold
Well, in that very article, I mentioned that there were in fact three prototypes, two speedsters and a Coupé, and that one of the speedsters did not exist anymore. Well, in fact that very car is now on offer, and yours to bid on!
The description as it goes with the auction is as follows:
Project to be completed in advanced condition of completion, every part is new.
The car, although new, was checked and painted in all its details, while the bodywork has a primer that will have to be sanded for the final painting.
All colours are in line with the choice made by the Brunei Sultan, who wanted the car in the following combination:
silver in colour, with matte black details and bronze/golden wheels, interior had to be black and gold.
He was supposed to be the first buyer for the launch of the car in production, but the car was no longer delivered and stayed in Britain until my purchase in 2017.
The car was designed by Pininfarina and then built in Great Britain by an unknown company made up of racing car engineers.
According to a report, the car was registered in the United Kingdom in the 2000s and was therefore also tested in a test centre.
The car follows the single copy mode registered as:
EBM TAZIO SPYDER,
A vin chassis results:
According to the Individual Vehicle Approval (VAT) in Great Britain, the car can be re-registered according to their regulations after special inspections and tests, based on the old documentation.
The car must be completed and functioning in all its parts before booking the check-up.
Once re-registered in Great Britain, the car can be easily re-registered in the buyer's country.
There is no obligation on the part of the buyer to road re-registering.
The car can also be registered as a new construction in various countries around the world.
It has a vin chassis mark on the frame, only valid for UK re-registration, but no registration document (V5 or V5c) is included with the car.
This car still is a unique example built at the end of the 1990s, even the lines are those of the time
It very much reminds some Ferraris.
The idea was to build a spyder car that could be used on the road but also on the track and participate in endurance racing.
The Chevrolet v8 5.0 type 305 small block engine (the same monobloc used for the f5000 of the 70s) with 5-speed gearbox plus audi getrag type reverse gear is included in the sale.
Engine is to be overhauled but it is complete, it is a good engine for great performance and various processing, gearbox is ready to use, then you will have to build the lines of connection between the levers in the car and the motion control already present on the gearbox
It also has engine mounts. Radiator is from factory, repainted, ready to fix.
There is also a double engine air intake to be fixed to the bonnet, a very rare and original piece already studied, also used on the le mans version of 512bb Ferrari
Seats were purchased new, all connections for the assembling are present, including safety belts
All you see in the photos will be sold.
I can help in finding the missing parts and provide support in car refinishing
The car was viewed by the Simbol Design Automotive company, well-known for producing special cars
Available to finish upon request up to on-road setup.
An engine up to 12 cylinders can be installed, there's room in the frame to do it, provided it is not a boxer.
Once completed, this car will become a much sought-after car and highly valuable for investment
A truly unique car.
I am available for any info and for viewing the car by appointment, located in Crevoladossola (Italy).
So, a unique project, below what the finished speedster could look like (this is the other one of the two speedsters, from the article of 2005):
And the coupé you may ask, how does that look? Well, I found photographs of it on a French website:
In my opinion, this coupé, with American engine and Audi running gear, is less good looking than her open-top sisters.
May 5, 2018
Sentence read for selling Replica Bugatti's
The two men from the small town of Westervoort were sentenced to 200 hours community service plus six months in prison, suspended.
Remember the article from April 18? Well, the judge has spoken the verdict.
At the hearing in mid-April, the defendants argued that the ten delivered vehicles were composed of authentic parts of old, disassembled Bugatti's. Thus, the constructed cars were real old-timers. However, the judge considered the fraud proven.
May 3, 2018
Osenat Auction, Strasbourg, France, May 1, 2018
Lot 1, miniature autorail Bugatti, € 300, costs included
Lot 5, 2 miniature autorail Bugatti, € 336
Lot 7, 3 miniature autorail Bugatti, € 480
Lot 12, vise, original, € 4560
Lot 19, vise, not original, € 3360
Lot 28, vise, not original, € 4800
Lot36, vise, not original, € 4800
Lot 41, vise, not original, € 5400
Lot 45, Bugatti Vise legs, original, € 3600
Lot 47, vise, not original, € 5400
Lot 48, Bed made for Jean Bugatti, € 4200
Lot 49, Type 49 engine, No L 73, estimate: 30 - 50 k€, sold at € 22800
Lot 50, radiator Type 44, € 4560
Lot 135, Type 23 Brescia Reconstruction, estimate: 60 - 100 k€, sold at € 60000
Lot 136, Type 35B, BC41, estimate: 400 - 600 k€, sold at € 528000
Lot 137, Type 46 Petit Royale Coupé de Ville, 46065, estimate: 350 - 450 k€, sold at € 384000
Lot 138, Type 51 reconstruction, estimate: 350 - 500 k€, sold at € 342000
Lot 139, Type 49 Roadster, BC60/49572, estimate: 320 - 380 k€, sold at € 360000
Lot 140, 1925 Type 35, Chassis 3537, estimate: 300 - 400 k€, sold at € 336000
Lot 141, Type 49 Torpedo 4 places, chassis 49125, estimate: 320 - 380 k€, not sold
Lot 142, 1930 Type 35A, estimate: 290 - 350 k€, not sold
Lot 143, Type 57 Galibier, Chassis 57761, engine 552, estimate: 320 - 380 k€, sold at € 432000
Lot 134, VW Beetle based "Bugatti", 1963, estimate: 8 - 12 k€, sold at € 36000
Lot 155, Pur Sang Type 51, nr 1970/2010, estimate: 200 - 250 k€, not sold
Lot 156, Citroën Méhari, ex Caroline Bugatti, 15000€
Info From Cyril Gautier
We see here again the importance of originality; the one car that was totally original, the Galibier, was the only one fetching a higher price than the max. estimate... Exception being the VW beetle based replica....
Extreme Bugatti Chiron Special Edition Coming Inspired By Vision GT
Bugatti will reveal a new special edition model later this year.
At this year’s Geneva Motor Show, Bugatti unveiled the track-focused Chiron Sport. A true Chiron successor will eventually arrive, but in the meantime new CEO Stephen Winkelmann has hinted that several new Bugatti models are also in the pipeline, marking the first time the automaker has developed more than one model at a time. Bugatti hasn't revealed what these models will be, but one of them was recently previewed at a private event in Los Angeles.
April 18, 2018
Going to jail for selling Replica Bugatti's
Two men from the small town of Westervoort in the Netherlands, aged 50 and 60, sold Bugatti's at incredibly low prices, However "they are real".
The pair was arrested already in 2013, but were now brought to court, sentence will be in two weeks from now. The main question in the court in Arnhem was, if the cars were produced using 100 year old parts, or if they were completely new replica's.
Justice is convinced that the second scenario is valid, and that the two was fooling around with the tax department.
This of course beacuse the import taxes for oldtimers is considerably lower than for new automobiles. By marking the replica's as oldtimers, the two paid at least 180,000 euro less taxes. The District Attorney demands jail time of 14 months for the older of the two, and 10 months for the younger suspect.
The two of course claimed their innocence. "If you take a piece of fabric from the 1930's to make a dress, what do you call it?", said the youngest one in court, "tell me, madame Judge, I think it is a gray area. We never intended to avoid paying taxes".
The criminal acts were committed between 2008 and 2013. The two men worked with an Argentinian car builder (we know who they are), who delivered them a dozen classic Bugatti's. The suspects stated that the cars were built using authentic parts of old, dismantled Bugatti's. Thus, they were oldtimers, they say.
The justice department comes to a different conclusion. According to them, it has been proven that all parts of these imported Bugatti's are in fact new.
"The Argentinian firm the two did business with, make replica's of old automobiles", according to the DA. Where an authentic Bugatti from early last century will be worth about 2 million euro, the imported cars were sold for a fraction of that, in a single case as low as 60,000 euro. "also for the buyers it was absolutely clear that the cars were replica's, and the suspects did not know? I absolutely believe nothing of that."
Strangely, the customs department did not see anything strange over those years, "and that while they do a thorough inspection of each car", said one of the lawyers. "They knew of all the details, and never made any objection to importing those Bugatti's at the oldtimers tax rate".
As I said, the verdict will be in two weeks from now.
April 15, 2018
Small, Smaller, Smallest.....
You know me as an enthusiast of the Bugatti airplane, and also as someone who pays attention to Bugatti miniature models. In fact, I have some kits of the 100P Bugatti airplane still waiting to be built..
From Japan this novelty, in three ways:
- The kit is in 1:144 scale, a scale usually used for large airplanes.
- The kit is a combination of two models; the Bugatti Airplane and the T57SC Atlantic.
- The kit was made by 3D-printing.
Artcurial Auction - Automobiles
sur les Champs 12, Paris, France, April 8, 2018
1927 Bugatti Type 43 Torpédo Grand Sport, Chassis n° "43186", Estimate: 500,000 - 800,000 €: Not Sold
March 30, 2018
Osenat Auction, Automobilia & Automobiles de collection, Fontainebleau, France, March 24, 2018
1928 Bugatti Type 44 Cabriolet Vanvooren 4 places, Chassis 44646 moteur 402: Sold for €360,000
Coys Auction Techno Classica Essen, Germany, March 24, 2018
1928 Bugatti T44 Fiacre by Gangloff, Chassis 441141, Estimate €500,000- €550,000: Sold for €618,750
March 24, 2018
Sotheby's Art Impressionniste et Moderne auction, Paris, March 23:
Rembrandt Bugatti - PETITE PANTHÈRE SE LÉCHANT LA PATTE, Estimate 100,000 — 150,000, Sold for 285,000 EUR
March 24, 2018
Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic wins the category “Classics of the 1920s and 1930s” - Again
Molsheim/Essen, 23 March 2018
Bugatti has set up a record at this year’s “Motor Klassik Award” ceremony held by German motoring magazine Motor Klassik. The Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, one of the world’s most beautiful and most valuable automobiles, has been chosen by readers of Motor Klassik for the fifth time as the best car of the 1920s and 1930s. Bugatti is therefore the first brand to have won an award every time it entered and so often in one category. The award ceremony was held in the Colosseum Theater in Essen.
“This award for the Atlantic is a great honour for us,” said Julius Kruta, Head of Tradition at Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S., at the award ceremony. “It is great to see that people are still so thrilled by this incredibly beautiful car. We would like to thank the readers of Motor Klassik for this fantastic result.” The supercar was once again the clear winner against five competitors in its class, with 37.3 percent of the votes cast.
In 1936 to 1938, only four examples of the 57SC Atlantic were built. Nowadays, only two of these cars still exist in entirely original condition. The Atlantic is the most famous variant of the Type 57. With the SC model (“SC” stands for “supercharger”), Jean Bugatti, son of company founder Ettore, wanted to offer a sports racing variant in addition to the standard version. The sports coupe was equipped with an in-line 8-cylinder engine with a displacement of 3,257 cm³ which developed about 200 PS. The vehicle could reach speeds in excess of 200 km/h.
Jean Bugatti, who had already proved his talent for special body designs with the Type 41 Royale, the Type 55 Roadster and the Type 50, designed an extremely lightweight, aerodynamic body for the Atlantic. Aluminium was used for the body panels. The result was the distinctive design feature of the Atlantic, a clearly accentuated dorsal seam running from the windscreen to the rear bumper. This is a riveted joint that holds the two halves of the aluminium body together and is today a characteristic design element of the brand. The wheels stand out from the body and are accentuated by huge wings. Viewed from above, the beautiful, elegant shape of the Atlantic becomes especially clear, with the extremely long bonnet running into the round rear, forming an oval.
During the annual survey held by Motor Klassik, a motoring magazine published by Motor Presse of Stuttgart, readers are asked which classic cars they especially appreciate and which modern vehicles could become coveted classics or recent classics in a few decades. There are six categories based on the year of production and six special categories.
Editor's comments (same as last year!):
Of course I agree 100% with the T57SC Atlantic winning this survey, but they did a few things wrong:
Of course a photograph of an original Atlantic should have been displayed with the article, not a replica. A better one was shown during the award ceremony!
The prize should not have been given to VW-Bugatti, who just bought the name. It should have been given to members of the Bugatti family, like one of Ettore's living children Therèse and Michel or his granddaughter Caroline, who seems to be most involved with the family tradition nowadays.
March 12, 2018
March 9, 2018 Gooding & Co - The Amelia Island auction, Florida, USA
Bugatti Boss Hints At New Models Beyond The Chiron
Could a second Bugatti model join the Chiron?
There were several significant supercar and hypercar debuts at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. One of them was the surprise reveal of the track-focused Bugatti Chiron Sport. While it isn’t more powerful than the regular Chiron, packing the same 16 cylinder 8.0-liter engine with 1,479 hp on tap, it’s lighter and faster around corners, making it more suited to the track than the standard Chiron. Inevitably, we will eventually see a successor to the Chiron, but Autocar reports that Bugatti has already started conceptual work on several new models.
“I can confirm we have a team working on future projects,” Bugatti’s new boss Stephan Winkelmann said at the Geneva Motor Show. “I will not say more now, but keep an eye on what we are doing in Molsheim - there will be more.” Winkelmann refused to elaborate on his statement. What’s interesting here is that the CEO didn’t just say Bugatti is working on its next car – it’s working on multiple projects, when the automaker normally only develops a single car at a time. This could be hinting at a companion car for the Chiron, or a more powerful Chiron Super Sport for Bugatti’s planned top speed record attempt this year to reclaim the crown from the Koenigsseg Agera RS.
Former CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer has also previously declared that “the four-door car is not dead,” raising the possibility of Bugatti producing a four-door super sedan as a production version of the Galibier concept unveiled back in 2009. A final decision on what form Bugatti’s next car will take will be decided before the end of the year. Dürheimer also confirmed that Bugatti’s next hypercar will most likely adopt a hybrid powertrain. A second model line is also being considered to join the Chiron’s successor, which might be built while Bugatti continues to develop hybrid technology for its next hypercar to ensure it meets the performance standards the automaker is renowned for.
March 6, 2018
Peter Mullin Reveals Plans to Open New Museum in England
160-acre facility replete with vacation lodging and storage space
ccording to Octane magazine, automotive museum mogul Peter Mullin plans to open a new museum in England. The all-new facility will house examples of Mullin’s extensive collection of pre- and post-war cars, primarily of French origin. The $200 million development is tentatively called The Mullin at Great Tew, located in the Cotswolds region of south England. Approximately 160-acres are set aside for the elaborate structure, set to draw 200,000 visitors a year when it opens in 2020.
Specifically, the proposed museum will break ground on a portion of the Enstone airfield, some 20 miles north of Oxford. The building features 60,000 sq. ft of display space over four floors, accompanied by 50,000 sq. ft of storage space. On the museum grounds, a demonstration track and workshop complex will serve visitors. For patrons of the museum and well-heeled visitors, a series of 28 lodges are planned with various layouts and sizes.
At the moment, there’s no word on the future of the original Mullin museum located in Oxnard, California. The 50,000 sq. ft. facility houses some of the greatest Art Deco-era cars the industry has ever seen, ranging from a perfect 1936 Bugatti Type 57C Atlantic to a 1925 Bugatti Type 22 pulled from the depths of an Italian lake.
Peter Mullin posing with a "Flying" Citroën DS at his recent Citroën exhibition in Oxnard.
Don’t expect to only see Mullin’s collection at the new facility. “‘I know from my experience with the Mullin museum at Oxnard [California] and the Petersen that there’s a tradition of lending vehicles to other museums for exhibitions, and I’m sure there’ll be opportunities for that here,” he told Octane. “It won’t just be about classics, however. We want to celebrate not just where we’ve been but where we’re going.”
Considering the reasonably quiet nature of the area, not everyone is pleased with the plans. Some residents, including actor Sir Patrick Stewart, are vocal in their dissent against the proposal with some calling it “elitist.” Project director Kieran Hedigan told Octane that “One of the key objectives of The Mullin is to serve audiences of all ages, rich and poor, young and old,” he said. “This project will transform an overgrown brownfield site into a destination for grandparents and grandchildren and everyone in between.”
February 6 - 10, 2019 Artcurial Auction At Retromobile, Paris, France
A grand prix-winning 1931 Bugatti Type 51, once owned by Formula 1 and Le Mans 24 Hours winner Maurice Trintigant, is heading to auction in the Artcurial Motorcars sale at Salon Rétromobile in February 2019.
Chassis #51128 won the 1938 Chimay Grand Prix, as well as competing at Pau with Trintigant, and finished sixth in the 1932 Monaco GP in the hands of original owner Marcel Lehoux, who started off with the car in French Algeria.
He raced extensively with it, before selling it on to Bugatti enthusiast Louis Trintignant in 1932, who also won races in the car. When Trintignant died in 1933, #51128 was sold on by his widow to Jules Rolland who handed it over to Maurice Trintignant, Louis’s brother, in 1938. Although he won in the car, he quickly had to hide it away on his family farm in France due to the outbreak of World War II.
Once peacetime returned, Trintignant took the Bugatti back into motorsport, but his focus on his F1 career for one-and-a-half decades meant the Bugatti ended up as a display car until it was sold to a new owner and restored in 1974.
It marked an end to Bugatti’s top-line motorsport status, having been the marque to beat in the 1920s and ‘30s. In the 1980s it changed hands once again, before ended up under the stewardship of its current owner in 1992.
Despite its competition history, the car shows no battle scars, and retains its original chassis, coachwork and many of the mechanical components. It’s also rules-eligible for events such as Le Mans Classic and the Grand Prix Historique de Monaco.
February 8 - 20, 2020 International Bugatti Meeting New Zealand