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Another Centodieci was produced, which means that the handover is ready.

We have no doubt that the future owner, despite being "shorter" by at least eight million, will sit down in this truly special car with a smile every time. A silver finish was chosen, and before leaving for its new owner, the car was photographed in the company of its ancestor, the legendary EB110 Supersport from 1992.

Only now, side by side, these two cars show aesthetic similarities. Of course, the decades-long time difference has taken its toll, but it would be difficult to single out a more attractive car here.

Let's remind, Supersport in translation means that it is slightly more powerful and lighter than the GT version, and it boasts of appropriate body modifications to achieve better aerodynamics.

It's powered by a 612bhp 3.5 V12 quad-turbo mated to a six-speed manual – impressive even today, let alone in the 1990s. It reached 100 km/h in a then incredible 3.2 seconds and a maximum of 355 km/h.

Centodieci offers a familiar story. 8.0 V16 with 1600 HP and dream performance. It does not stop until 380 km/h, and reaches 100 km/h in 2.4 seconds.

And finally, let's say that the original was produced in 30 copies, and on the used market it is still cheaper than the reincarnated model. Of the ten planned examples of the Centodieci model, only three have so far been seen in public.

The first, white version, was spotted in 2019, and the blue version only recently.

All ten cars will reportedly be completed by the end of the year.

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Saturday, 20 August 2022 03:57

Bugatti W16 Mistral

Ever since the Veyron was introduced in 2005, the W16 engine has been the heart of every Bugatti. The passenger car that brings the W16 era to an end was always destined to be special: exclusive, elegant and powerful.

It has to be the best of its kind. This is the W16 Mistral: the ultimate roadster.

Mate Rimac, CEO of Bugatti Rimac, states: “For the final appearance of Bugatti's legendary W16 engine, we knew we had to build a roadster. More than 40% of all Bugatti vehicles ever built were open-top, establishing a long line of performance icons that - to this day - are revered around the world. There has been no roadster in the Chiron era until today, so the introduction of the Bugatti W16 Mistral continues this legacy, driven by overwhelming demand from our customers to experience the powerful performance of our iconic engine. The W16 Mistral opens the next chapter in the story of the Bugatti roadster, inspired by a century-long legend."

For a car as evocative and important as this one, a lot of attention was paid to the name it should bear. Far more than a simple development of the Chiron, the roadster needed a name associated with freedom, elegance and speed. The inspiration came from the mistral, a strong wind that blows from the Rhône valley, through the cities of the Cote d'Azur in southern France and into the Mediterranean. And with an engine so central to the character of this roadster, it stands side by side with this powerful wind: the W16 Mistral.

Built around the definitive incarnation of the 1600bhp W16 engine, the W16 Mistral offers performance unlike any open-top car offered to date.

Achim Anscheidt, Bugatti Design Director, points out: "We know that the W16 Mistral will always hold significance in the Bugatti story, marking the last time that perhaps a better automotive powertrain was used in a road-going production car." We, as a design team, felt enormous pressure to deliver a style that would immediately convey this momentous moment, drawing inspiration from some of the most beautiful roadsters in Bugatti's history."

Their muse would be the 1934 Bugatti Type 57 Roadster Grand Raid, a sporty roadster that represents the pinnacle of elegant design. Finished in two-tone black and yellow, it provides the perfect inspiration for this watershed moment in the Bugatti story. The Bugatti W16 Mistral debuts in colors inspired by the Bugatti Type 57 Roadster Grand Raid; warm black with hints of brown and subtle yellow accents. Not only is it a tribute to the iconic body, but also to Ettore Bugatti, who chose the black and yellow combination for many of his personal cars, including his Type 41 Royale. For brand enthusiasts, it's a timeless visual pairing.

The W16 Mistral captures the essence of the Grand Raid's V-shaped windshield and develops it into a modern work of art. The curved windscreen that seemingly wraps around the A-pillars blends seamlessly with the side windows and creates a 'visor' effect that hints at the levels of motorsport performance offered by the W16 Mistral. The windshield itself is a marvel of engineering, curved enough to create a rounded visor design, without distorting the driver's vision. The upper line of the windshield and side windows flows deliberately around the side air intakes. This character line then flows back under the side glass.

Anscheidt continues: "To reflect the new character of the W16 Mistral, we also completely reinvented its front end, in line with the vertical layout of our unique or rare models such as the Divo and La Voiture Noire. It is immediately imbued with a sense of exclusivity; the vertically stacked headlights have been completely customized, and the familiar horseshoe-shaped grille has been reimagined to be much more three-dimensional; both deeper and wider.

Designing a car like the W16 Mistral requires careful practice of Bugatti's 'Form Follows Performance' design mantra, with every component written not only to set new standards for beauty, but also to play a role in achieving entirely new levels of performance.

Frank Heyl, deputy director of design at Bugatti, said: “The headlights themselves are intricately shaped, including a four-light signature that subtly hints at the W16 Mistral's four-wheel drive and four turbochargers. But their three-dimensional surface also functions as an aerodynamic aid that directs air through the light and out through the wheel arches to improve aerodynamic drag."

But the functional design highlights don't end there. The new induction air vents behind the headrests have been developed from the ground up with rigorous rollover tests in mind, so each one is made from a carbon fiber structure that can support the full weight of the car in the event of a rollover. This new intake layout also enriches the driver's W16 experience, accentuating the orchestra between the low, powerful, rumbling 

of this sound. It is an unsurpassed auditory sensation in the automotive world.

To develop unparalleled levels of elegance and excitement, the Bugatti W16 Mistral features the latest engineering innovations. Bugatti's advanced composite materials are paired with state-of-the-art 3D printed titanium and aluminum components to ensure striking design, superior performance and rugged reliability.

Detailed analysis of the W16 Mistral's dynamic stiffness allowed engineers to develop lightweight solutions that would ensure optimal handling and performance in the most extreme conditions.

The interior of the Bugatti W16 Mistral has been carefully refined to provide an experience that is both elegant and luxurious, yet functional enough to ensure that all information is easily visible at speeds of up to 420 km/h. Dedication to the quality of materials remains a hallmark of Bugatti design. But in this swan song for W16, there's also a brand new design.

For example, the leather used on the newly designed door panels, meticulously tested and manufactured to Bugatti quality standards with a vision of regular use over a hundred years into the future. And in a nod to the W16 Mistral's illustrious predecessors, the gearbox - made from a solid block of aluminum - with a touch of wood and an amber insert with the famous 'dancing elephant' sculpture locked inside. Iterations of this sculpture featured the hood of the legendary Type 41 Royale.

When Bugatti's last roadster, the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, set a world speed record of 408.84 km/h in 2013, its 8.0-liter W16 had 1,200 hp. The W16 Mistral has 1600 hp, using the same engine that powered the Chiron Super Sport 300+ to record speed in 2019. There can only be one goal: to become the fastest roadster in the world once again.

Mate Rimac continues: "The unification of the roadster format and our W16 powertrain is absolute perfection." With the roof removed and a pair of large air intakes directly behind your head feeding around 70,000 liters of air through the engine every minute at full capacity, driving the Bugatti W16 Mistral connects you to the intricate workings of this revolutionary drive like no other Bugatti has ever done. "What we're also continuing with the W16 Mistral is the legacy of Bugatti roadsters, each unmatched in design, performance and rarity, stretching back to the origins of Bugatti." The Type 40, Type 41 Royale, Type 55 Roadster, Type 57 Roadster Grand Raid that inspired this car, or even the incredible elegance of the Type 57SC Corsica Roadster - Bugatti has always been associated with the purity of open-top driving. So, although the W16's legacy on the road ends with the W16 Mistral, we continue the legacy of the roadster, first established by Ettore Bugatti over a century ago."

Only 99 examples of the Bugatti W16 Mistral will be produced, priced at €5 million net, with deliveries scheduled to begin in 2024. The entire production run of the W16 Mistral has already been sold out.

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When a car costs $ 2.5 million, it is clear that maintenance costs are not cheap. The company offers a dedicated global service program for Chiron and Veyron, but how much does it all cost?

One Bugatti fan from Malaysia, Muhammad Al Qawi Zamani, visited Bugatti’s Singapore showroom to get detailed information on holding the Chiron Pur Sport. The costs have been converted from Singapore to US dollars, and do not include taxes, labor fees, transportation and travel expenses.

Bugatti’s service program includes a team of 10 highly trained technicians who travel the world and service Chiron and Veyron models, and are available for interview 24 hours a day. The first service is done after 14 months or 16,000 kilometers, and begins with the replacement of engine oil, oil filters, coolants and sixteen drain plugs. The price is 24,979 US dollars. You think that's a lot? Stay with us…

According to the Auto Club, the replacement of the front carbon ceramic brake discs and brake pads costs $ 58,952. There is also the replacement of brake fluids, and other parts of the brake system that will double that figure. Every 14-16 months you will still need to replace the ultra light wheels which cost $ 49,958 in the kit.

You should probably change your tires every 16 to 18 months. You have options here, but they are all expensive. For example, a set of Michelin Pilot Sport PAX or Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 XL costs around $ 8,000.
Between 42 and 48 months of ownership, four turbochargers are replaced. Their price is 25,978 US dollars. And once you've arrived for service, change the air duct cooler kit immediately for $ 21,982, and a new $ 43,963 fuel tank should be installed, as well as an engine tuning and calibration package ($ 28,600) to get everyone out. 1500 hp from the eight-liter quad-turbo W16 engine.

The windshield replacement costs $ 59,949, while the wiper blades alone cost $ 3,797. There is also the color Chiron Pur Sport, which costs 55,148 dollars, which is why Bugatti suggests hand washing with special equipment without nozzles.

When everything is put on paper, four years of ownership of Chiron Pur Sport, including three oil changes, two wheel and tire changes, replacement of brake system parts, engine calibration, one replacement of turbocharger and fuel tank, costs approximately 477,498 US dollars. Please note that this price excludes taxes, fees, transportation and travel costs of Bugatti's service team.

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The first eight of the planned 30 copies of the fastest Bugatti so far are ready for delivery to customers who were willing to set aside 3.2 million euros.

After two years of intensive testing and fine-tuning, the first eight copies of the ultrasports model Chiron Super Sport 300+ came out of Bugatti's "studio", which carries with it the title of the fastest production Bugatti so far.

The car with a slightly longer body compared to the standard Chiron is powered by a centrally located 8.0-liter 16-cylinder engine assisted by four turbochargers.

1,600 horsepower and 1,600 Nm of torque is enough to get Bugatti's "masterpiece" from 0 to 100 km / h in 2.4 seconds, from 0 to 200 km / h it takes 5.8 seconds, and from standstill to 300 km / h arrives in just over 12 seconds.

A 7-speed automatic transmission with two clutches is in charge of transmitting power to both axles, and the maximum speed that the prototype once achieved (491 km / h) in this case is electronically limited and amounts to "only" 440 km / h.

In Molsheim, they say that the remaining (long ago sold out) 22 copies will soon reach their owners.


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Tuesday, 06 July 2021 03:41

Rimac officially took over Bugatti

After numerous announcements and speculations, it was officially announced today that the company Rimac Automobili becomes the majority owner of the Bugatti brand, while the company itself becomes the Rimac Group divided into two companies - Bugatti Rimac and Rimac Technology.

This afternoon, this was confirmed by the company Rimac Automobili, which confirmed the speculations that Rimac will take over Bugatti, a famous company known for hypersport cars.

Rimac, backed by Porsche and Hyundai, will own 55 percent of the new company, while the rest will be owned by VW’s Porsche brand.

This means that Porsche will control 58.2 percent of the new company through its existing stakes in Rimac Automobiles, although the companies have said that Porsche will not have the right to vote on how this group is managed. "No amount of money has changed hands," said Porsche boss Oliver Blume.

This, too, brings Rimca further under the auspices of VW, as the German company embarked on an electric offensive in the amount of 35 billion euros. Both Bugatti and Rimac will continue to develop their brands, and while Bugatti's production will remain in France, all his research will move to Rimac's new headquarters in Croatia.

UPDATED: Rimac became the majority owner of the famous "Bugati"

The company "Rimac automobili" of the Croatian entrepreneur and innovator Mate Rimac, has become the majority owner of "Bugatija", a famous French manufacturer of luxury sports cars, the company announced. The new home of "Bugatija" will be the Rimac campus in Croatia, RTS writes.

In just 12 years of existence, the company "Rimac automobili" of the Croatian innovator and entrepreneur Mate Rimac has gone from a startup company with one man in a garage to majority ownership over the famous "Bugati". Mate Rimac says that this is an exciting moment in the short but turbulent history of "Rimac cars", Index.hr reports.

"Rimac and Bugatti complement each other perfectly. As a young, agile and fast automotive and technology company, we have won the trust of our partners and a strong position in the high-performance electrical technology industry," Rimac points out.

The company "Rimac Automobiles" will be reorganized into the "Rimac Group", divided into two companies - "Bugati Rimac" and "Rimac Technology".

All shareholders retained their existing shares. Mate Rimac is still the single largest shareholder with 37 percent, "Porsche" has 24 percent, followed by "Hyundai" with 12 percent and other shareholders with a 27 percent share in the ownership. "Rimac Group" will be the largest shareholder of the new company "Rimac Bugati" with a 55% share in ownership. It will house two car manufacturers: "Bugati" and "Rimac cars".

"Bugati" and "Rimac automobili" continue as separate brands, retaining the existing production facilities and distribution channels, while the headquarters and all development for both brands will be in Croatia. Both brands will continue to develop their car models. "Rimac Group" will continue to innovate, create its own supercars and develop innovative technologies for many world car manufacturers. Now, such technology, developed in Croatia, will be able to be applied in future "Bugati" models.

Global headquarters on the Rimac campus

In the future, the global headquarters of the company "Bugati Rimac" will be located in the new Rimac campus, which will also be the headquarters of the company "Rimac Technology". Components for models of both brands will be produced there, but "Bugati's" cars will still be assembled in the famous factory in Molheim, France - an Istrian place that is inseparable from the "Bugati" brand.

The Rimac campus, worth 200 million euros, should be opened in 2023 on an area of ​​100,000 square meters. It is conceived as a center of high-tech innovations, and will gather 2,500 employed people.

"Bugati" operated within the "Volkswagen Group", which sells cars around the world under the brands "Bentley", "Lamborghini", "Audi", "Porsche", "Seat", "Skoda" and "Volkswagen".

From one man in the garage to a supercar and "Bugatija"

Mate Rimac started his path to success as a hobby, when at the age of 20 he converted his "be-em-ve" produced in 1984 in a garage into a battery drive. He founded the company "Rimac automobili" in 2009, and only 11 years later, the company celebrated the employment of its 1,000. workers. The company's headquarters are in the town of Sveta Nedelja in Zagreb County.

Today, the company is developing high-performance electric powertrains and batteries for some of the world's largest car manufacturers.

Rimac also launched two generations of its supercars. This year, the latest "rimac nevera" was presented - an electric supercar that accelerates to 100 kilometers per hour in less than two seconds. A total of 150 copies will be produced in Croatia. "Nevera" is a production variant of the concept car, first shown at the International Motor Show in Geneva in 2018.

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After the official presentation at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show car show, Bugatti's La Voiture Noire model has finally arrived ...

The Chiron-based concept is a modern look at the iconic Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic model and was initially marketed as part of the French brand's 100th anniversary.

Last week, Bugatti used the Instagram platform to share photos of its new machine and unique artwork, parked next to stunning French landmarks such as the Triumphal Arch and the Eiffel Tower, accompanied by the words - "Past? Future? It doesn't matter what year it is anymore." When you want to find something at any cost, then the first day. See you on May 31, 2021. "

Just like with the Bugatti Chiron model, fans of the supercar can expect an eight-liter sixteen-cylinder with quad turbocharging, a terrifying machine that generates 1,479 hp and 1,600 Nm of torque. Aesthetically, the new model features a dynamic, sleek body constructed of flawless carbon fiber panels, which give the impression of being created in one piece. While taking on certain design features of the classic Type 57SC Atlantic car, the La Voiture Noire also includes a rear end with six exhaust pipes, accompanied by an incredible figure that needs to be set aside for it.

La Voiture Noire comes with an astronomical price of 14,781,546 euros, taking the title of the most expensive car ever created. The owner of the unique hypercar has not been officially presented yet, but there is some speculation that this is the former chairman of the VW Group, Ferdinand Piech.

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Wednesday, 29 January 2020 21:33

Bugatti Type 57 (1934–1940)

French maker Bugatti enjoyed considerable recognition for its gorgeous Type 57, shortly before World War II reached a fever pitch. Total of 710 were ultimately produced, for the end. They launched the first Type 57 in 1934. year and operated several modification on this model until its discontinuance in 1940. year.

Borrowed its power plant from the old Type 59 Grand Prix cars - the 3.3L delivering 135 hp, and the original variant was designed as a touring car. It benefited from a rather tall body construction and featured a horseshoe grille in its early years of production also. Model received several updates in the following years on both engine compartment - S and SC models with increased output ratings  and exterior design  revised braking system and  lowered chassis. Fitted with an Atlantic coupe bodywork and was considered one of the most beautiful cars of the pre-war era, it was later. Manufacturers during this time produced multi-purpose vehicles that could be driven to a race track, raced, and then driven home, also. However, the Bugatti Type 57, was solely a road-going vehicle and is considered the most celebrated of all non-racing Bugattis. The Type 57 was strictly a road-going vehicle, a racing version was created for the 1937 24-Hours of Le Mans race, even though. Won the race this vehicle, based on the Type 57S chassis and named the 57G. Also was victorious, a supercharged version was created for the 1939 Le Mans race. This is the legacy of the Bugatti heritage and the quality and innovative designs that were masterpieces in all respects truly.

The Type 57C entered the scene, a project headed by Jean Bugatti, the son of Ettore Bugatti, in 1934. year. While focusing on the values that had made Bugatti successful, the vehicle centered around refinement.Also three 'factory' bodies were available and consisted of the Ventoux, a two-window and four window version, the Atalante and the Stelvio. So, all of the Atalante bodies were produced and all were done in house. Than, the Atalante was named after peaks in the Alps and is one of the most exclusive bodystyles  produced by Bugatti, ever. Also be ordered with Galibier four-door bodies, the Type 57 could. The Galibier bodies had suicide-opening front doors with no pillar, earlier versions of the Galibier. Later versions had suicide-opening front doors and rear doors hung in the traditional fashion, as well. Would share a common pillar, the front and rear doors.

An indepenent front suspension to aide in the handling of the vehicle, Jean designed. This was not popular with Ettore Bugatti and had front axle installed the traditional Bugatti.

Was used to power this vehicle, a 3.3 liter, twin-cam, straight-eight engine. The engine could propel the vehicle to a speed of around 95 mph, even with the heavy saloon bodies.

Vehicle was given the designation 57C, a Roots-type supercharger was later added. Was quiet and provided between three to four pounds of boost pressure, the supercharger. Increased the horsepower rating to 175, the addition of the supercharger.

The Type 57S version was a sportier version of the Type 57, than the chassis was shorter, with the rear axle running through the frame, as well. Helped increase the performance of the car, was, a slightly tuned engine with higher compression and a dry sump lubrication. Replacing the Hartford Friction dampers, the front and rear axles received de Ram shock absorbers.

The Type 57SC was a combination of the 57C and 57S and the engine produced between 200 and 220 horsepower.

While testing a Type 57C tank-bodied racer near Molsheim, Jean Bugatti was killed, on August 11, 1939. Which inevitably meant that the race Jean was preparing the vehicle for would never be run because this was the same day as the start of the 2nd World War.

Among them is a rare gem which he acquired in 1988. it is a Bugatti 57SC Atlantic. It is worth a ridiculous 40 million dollar. The most expensive car in the world, the Atlantic that is in Lauren's ownership is officially.


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