Bugatti is one of the fastest marques of automobile in the world, and it comes as no surprise that Bugatti is one of the most exclusive car producers of all time. The Bugatti company is celebrated for having constructed some of the fastest sports car on the planet and holds records even in our time.
Bugatti Early History
Bugatti was founded by Italian born Ettore Bugatti in Molseim, a town in the Alsace region. When the company was created, Alsace had been a part of Germany since 1871 and would continue to be German until it was restored to France in 1919. Bugatti soon became famous for supreme engineering and premium road cars, and Bugatti won the first ever Monaco Grand Prix. During the 1930’s, driver Jean-Pierre Wimille managed to win the 24 hours of Le Mans – twice! The first time was in 1937 with Robert Benoist and the second time was in 1939 with Pierre Veyron.
Bugatti has often been described as being a work of art just as much as being a mere mechanical creation, and the car has managed to fuse outstanding capability with supreme looks. Ettore Bugatti referred to his main competitor the Bently as “the world's fastest truck".
Bugatti Racing Success
The Bugatti cars has been tremendously successful in racing and the marque has several thousand victories under its belt. The little Bugatti Type 10 did for instance knick the top four positions in its very first race, and the 1924 Bugatti Type 35 has over 2,000 wins which makes it one of the most successful racing cars in the history of car racing. Between 1925 and 1929, Bugatti won all the Targa Florio races, and the abovementioned Jean-Pierre Wimille won the 24 hours of Le Mans twice in 1937 and 1939. The 1939 victory is probably one of the most well known of them all, since Jean-Pierre Wimille and Pierre Veyron managed to win despite having just one car and meagre resources. Another notable Bugatti race driver was Louis Chiron who was honoured with a concept car by the 21st century Bugatti company.
Today: Bugatti Automobiles SAS
In 1998, Volkswagen AG bought the right to produce cars under the Bugatti marque and commissioned ItalDesign to produce the Bugatti EB118 concept. The Bugatti EB118 concept is a touring sedan equipped with a 555 hp DIN (408 kW) output. This car is also famous for being the very first passenger vehicle fitted with a W-configuration 18-cylinder engine.
The Bugatti EB 218 concept was introduced at the 1999 Geneva Auto Show, while the Bugatti 18/3 Chiron was introduced at the IAA in Frankfurt later that very same year. Visitors at the Tokyo Motor Show could see the EB 218 reappear, and the Bugatti EB 18/4 Veyron was also presented.
The Bugatti Automobiles SAS was founded by Volkswagen in 2000 and soon introduced the startling EB 16/4 Veyron concept; a 16-cylinder car with 1001 hp DIN (736 kW) that does 0-60 in 2.5 sec. Further development took place throughout 2001 and the EB 16/4 Veyron could be promoted to advanced concept" status. In 2005, Bugatti Automobiles SAS declared that the official name for the car would be Bugatti Veyron 16.4.
The first Bugatti Veyron 16.4 was delivered in early 2006. It is available in many different colour combinations, such as blue & dark blue, red & black, and grey & black.
Several high speed tests have confirmed that the maximum speed claims for this car are true, and the car has actually slightly exceeded its target during tests, reaching 252 mph, which is equivalent to 407.5 km/h or Mach 0.3, and holding it up for roughly two minutes. According to tests carried out by American automotive enthusiast magazine “Car and Driver”, the fuel consumption at 253 mph is 3.0 mpg (78 litres per 100 km).