Bugatti is a luxury sports car manufacturer founded in 1909 by Italian artist and designer Ettore Bugatti. The company was founded in Molsheim, which is now part of France. The cars designed and manufactured by Bugatti are known for their beautiful designs and the races they win. From 1909 to 1950 Bugatti produced around 8,000 cars in various designs. Ettore Bugatti died in 1947, and because his son had died nine years earlier, no one wanted to accept him. In the 1960s the company was sold as an aircraft parts business. In the 1990s, Bugatti was revived to design and sell limited and exclusive sports cars. In 1998 Bugatti was sold to Volkswagen.
In the 1930s, the Bugatti company got involved in the creation of planes in the hopes to beat the Germans in the Deutsche de la Meurthe competition.
Ettore Bugatti was the son of Carlo Bugatti, an Art Nouveau jewelry and furniture designer.
When the Veyron runs on full speed, it takes 12 minutes to empty the fuel tank.
Ettore Bugatti’s son Jean Bugatti was born in 1909. He went on to design many of Bugatti’s legendary models. He was head of the Bugatti racing team beginning in 1935 and often did test drives for cars.
In the early days, the front grill of the Bugatti Veyron was made out of aluminum.
The Type 10 “Petit Pur Sang” was the prototype created by Ettore Bugatti in his basement between 1908 and 1909.
When Engineers were testing the first Veyron engine in 2001, the engine produced enough heat that it nearly burned the factory building down.
The Type 13 racer was a 660 pound sports car. The car was entered into the 1911 French Grand Prix in Le Mans. It won second place after the seven hour race.
The Bugatti car company had helped design some airplane engines for the French Government after the outbreak of World War I, but this was just the start of Ettore’s interest.
Bugatti continued to design new cars including the Type 15, Type 17, Type 22, and Type 23, which was built in 1913.
The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport entered production from 2012 to 2015 and it broke the record for the fastest car put into production.
Bugatti Type 13s were entered into the Brescia Grand Prix in 1921. It was unbeatable and four Bugatti Type 13s placed in first, second, third, and fourth places in the race.
The Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic is the most expensive car in the world said to be worth as much as $114 million.
Bugatti designed the Brescia Tourer and built and released 2,000 of these vehicles between 1920 and 1926. It was the first multi-valve full production model car worldwide to be created.
All Chirons come standard with diamonds, though they’re somewhat hidden. Each of the four tweeters in the car’s Accuton sound system features a one-carat diamond membrane in order to offer optimum aural fidelity.
A Type 22, 1925 Bugatti was discovered at the bottom of a Swiss lake, and sold for 260,500 euros in Paris in 2010.
In 1929 a Bugatti owned by a private party won the Monaco Grand Prix.
The Centodieci’s taillight took six months to design and build.
In 1939, Ettore’s son Jean was testing a Type 57 race car near the factory in Molsheim. There was an accident and Jean was killed.
The new Centodieci is a modern interpretation of the iconic EB110.
In 1940 Bugatti was forced to sell his factory to a German, by German forces occupying the region.
The Chiron uses 3-D-printed brakes.
The factory was returned to the Bugatti’s after World War II ended. A lack of money caused the company to decline.
The surface area of the Chiron’s catalytic converters totals about 25 New York City blocks.
Ettore Bugatti died in 1947 after having a stroke and then developing pneumonia.
There are 2,150,100 miles of carbon fiber inside one Chiron.
After attempts to maintain the company, Bugatti stopped making cares in 1956.
Michelin had to make special tires for the Chiron’s 300-mph record-setting run.
In 1963 the company was bought by an aviation company to make parts.
“Veyron” was a real, pedigreed race driver. Pierre Veyron was a champion race driver between 1933 and 1953, notching plenty of victories, including several for Bugatti (most notably the 1939 24 Hours of Le Mans where he piloted a Type 57S).
Bugatti Automobili S.p.A. went bankrupt in 1995. In 1998 Volkswagen got the Bugatti brand rights.
Bugatti lost a heap of money making the Veyron, reportedly about $6 million per unit.
The Bugatti Veyron was released in 2008. The car with chassis #1 sold for $3.2 million U.S.
An unadulterated, full speed run in the Veyron would only last 15 minutes and would cost more than $42,000.
In 2010 the Bugatti Veyron set the record as the world’s fastest production sports car, with speeds reaching 431.072 KM per hour.
The Veyron requires 10 radiators to keep its quad-turbocharged W-16 engine functioning.
Bugatti continues to release new models of luxury sports cars, reaching extremely high speed capabilities and price tags.
In 2001, when testing the first Veyron engine, that 1,200 hp mill allegedly generated enough heat that the factory building was in danger of being scorched.