Bugatti’s starting line
Bugatti’s journey of bringing in one of the most exclusive cars in the world started in Milano, Italy, when Carlo and Teresa Bugatti gave birth to Ettore Bugatti in 1881. Being surrounded by amazing artists and designers like his father, Ettore was taught the principles of design at an early age.
Growing up, his passion led to the automobile, which made him decide to become an engineer. His engineering apprenticeship led him to form his first vehicle, a three-wheel car powered by two engines. Although small, Bugatti Type 1 entered the Paris-to-Bordeaux race and won third place.
In 1901, Ettore was able to build his first four-wheeled car, the Type 2, and exhibited it at an international exhibition in Milan. Shortly after building the Type 2, he designed his first race car in 1903, the Type 3.
Ettore’s determination to put up his own car company happened in Molshiem, Alsace six years later. It was the year 1909 that Automobiles Ettore Bugatti was born.
Legendary cars that embody Bugatti
The birth of Automobiles Ettore Bugatti came with the birth of Ettore’s son, Jean Bugatti. Jean played a significant role in the rich history of Bugatti as he designed many of Bugatti’s legendary cars.
One of Jean’s most iconic cars was the Type 57SC Atlantic. To date, this is one of the rarest and most expensive vintage cars, with only three models existing today.
When it comes to luxury, Bugatti built the Type 41 Royale in 1926, a car for emperors, kings, and queens. Dubbed as the longest, strongest, and most luxurious car ever built in Molsheim, it has a length of over 6 meters and a wheelbase of 4.3 meters.
As Bugatti ventured and triumphed over the years, it proved its dedication to delivering the finest cars in the world. A spot in the list belongs to the rare and one of the most powerful and expensive Bugatti cars, the Bugatti Divo. With only 40 units produced, one cost USD 5.8 Million.
However, an even more expensive Bugatti car that is reminiscent of the Type 57SC Atlantic, is the Bugatti La Voiture Noire. This is a homage to the legendary Type 57, and it cost over a whopping $18 million.
Bugatti on the race track
Bugatti became one of the renowned, most exclusive, and most luxurious supercar manufacturers in the world because of the unmatched performance of its cars on the racetracks.
In its first year, the French manufacturer built and sold five cars. It was also the same year that Bugatti entered the racing scene.
One true masterpiece known to be one of the most successful racing cars of all time is the Bugatti Type 35. Not only was this a racing car, but Type 35 is impressive in its recording of over 2,000 victories between 1924 and 1930. The successes attained by Type 35 marked the “Golden Age” of Bugatti. The car also became an icon of Bugatti’s rich history, with 340 Type 35s in total.
Adding to the Bugatti’s legendary supercars list is the Type 13 “Brescia”. Built in 1921, Bugatti Type 13 made a turning point to the end of large and heavy race cars. The car merely weighs 490 kilograms and has a 1.45-litre four-cylinder engine with a top speed of 150 km/h.
Bugatti 57G “Tank” also recorded multiple successes for Bugatti when Jean-Pierre Wimille won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1937.
Bugatti’s rise from the fall
After several successes and championships on the racing circuit, Bugatti underwent a crucial stage in their company. Shortly after Jean took charge of the racing team in 1932, a devastating tragedy changed the course of the French manufacturer. Jean Bugatti died in an accident during his test drive and this pushed Ettore to halt the production of cars.
The effort to revive the company didn’t succeed and shortly, Ettore died in 1947. The company was then purchased in 1963 by an aircraft company, Hispano-Suiza. Finally, in the year 1987, Romano Artioli bought the right to the Bugatti name. They are responsible for the production of an iconic V-12 supercar, the EB 110.
However, Bugatti’s downfall made the company file for bankruptcy in 1995. Three years later, Volkswagen Group took over the company and thrived on producing some of the most powerful supercars today. This includes the EB 16.4 Veyron, which features a top speed of 400 km/h.
Bugatti’s partnership for future ventures
As innovation and electrification lead plans for most car manufacturers, Bugatti is also in the works of building innovative and sustainable supercars. Electrification is not new to Bugatti’s founder, Ettore, as he developed a little electrically powered two-seater, the Bugatti Type 56.
Bugatti’s DNA of unbelievable power and performance continued with their new concept car, the Bugatti Bolide. Taking inspiration from the Type 35, the Bolide is a track-only car that promises a new driving experience from its W16 engine and only weighs 1,240 kilograms.
At present, Bugatti marked a new beginning with the Croatian car manufacturer, Rimac. In 2021, Bugatti, Rimac, and Porsche inked a partnership where Porsche AG will serve as a strategic shareholder. The “Bugatti-Rimac” joint venture is a combination of innovation, excellent performance, and the genes of highly sought car brands in the world. Headquarters will be located in Zagreb, Croatia, and is underway in the last quarter of the year.
With more than 113 years of delivering extraordinary supercars and new driving experiences, Bugatti undoubtedly represents luxury and performance. Despite going through the ups and downs through the years, it remained a spot as one of the world’s top car manufacturers and brands.
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