Bugatti has a tradition that goes back many more years than other luxury car brands. To mark its 110th anniversary, Bugatti has a special edition of the Chiron Sport that is limited to just 20 cars. In addition to being extremely exclusive, the new edition pays homage to France and its roots in the French region of Molsheim.
Tricolour decorates the “110 ans Bugatti” in tribute to France
To symbolize the brand’s French origin, the new limited edition Chiron Sport “110 ans Bugatti” bears the colors of the French tricolor – blue, white and red, at several points on its body and in the interiors at several points. Though the French flag had originally symbolized the union between monarch and people, currently it stands for the lofty ideals of the French Revolution – liberty (blue), equality (white) and fraternity (red). These three colors of the tricolor are shown as a mirror image on the right-hand side of the vehicle as in the case of France’s official vehicles.
The new vehicle’s body and the front end are fashioned from carbon fiber while the Bugatti line and the typical Bugatti radiator are made from aluminum. The matt Steel Blue paintwork at the rear of the car is the outcome of a complex production process and looks like hot-rolled steel. The typical dominant Bugatti “C” surrounding the passenger compartment, is also in Steel Blue. The front end comprises exposed carbon fiber in Steel Blue Carbon, which again has a matt steel like finish. The two-tone colour scheme brings back memories of vintage models as this type of paintwork was evocative of exclusivity and luxury in the 1920s. In this model, the paint scheme signifies the highest levels of technological innovation and a sporting character. The color scheme used in the Chiron “110 ans Bugatti” divides the body into the monocoque and engine compartment.
The alloy wheels are painted in “Nocturne” matt black, and they expose the bright blue (French Racing Blue) brake calipers. The aluminum filler cap is sandblasted and hand-polished to obtain an immaculate finish. The center of the cap sports the “110 ans Bugatti” emblem, with the French flag running vertically through the logo. Depending on customer preferences, the base plate of the filler cap can also be painted blue or white.
The diffuser and the bumper in glossy Steel Blue Carbon and contrasting matt black exhaust system dominate the rear end. The French flag is depicted across the entire width of the underside of the rear spoiler. The rear spoiler mechanism is anodized in matt black to match the matt black Ettore Bugatti logo on the centre of the rear, the matt black wheels and the matching sports exhaust system. In the case of the special edition vehicle, the Sky View roof which comprises two fixed glass panels above the driver’s and passenger’s seats is a standard feature while this is offered as an option on the Chiron. The panels used in the special edition vehicle have a newly developed laminated structure with thin glass and four intermediate layers.
Exclusive hand-crafted interior
The interiors of the “110 ans Bugatti” special edition have little touches of the French French tricolour throughout as in the case of the two headrests and the back rests of the sports seats. These seats feature high-quality embroidery featuring the tricolor g in a vertical position. It is also seen at the 12 o’clock mark on the leather steering wheel. The sports steering wheel combines matt carbon fiber with a blue leather cover.
Carbon fiber is also used on the nacelle, the steering wheel, steering column and seat trims. Soft Deep Blue leather is used for the upholstery. The door trims, sides and seat areas of the sports seats are covered in Alcantara leather. The Bright French Racing Blue elements on the contours of the seats, stowage compartments, belt trims and the leather of the window buttons serve as contrast. Even the key of the “110 ans Bugatti” is surrounded by three sewn leather patches in the colours of the tricolour.
Another feature that highlights the high level of craftsmanship in the vehicle is a specially crafted medallion in the central console stowage space. The medallion is made of solid silver with enamel inserts, and is positioned on a carbon fibre plate.
The “110 ans Bugatti” continues Bugatti’s glorious tradition
Bugatti has specialized in the production of hyper sports cars ever since the brand was established. Ettore Bugatti designed the first Bugatti in 1909, the Type 10, and broke new ground in terms of design. The Type 10 was a light, small car with a reasonably high power output and was quite different from cars made by other manufacturers. Ettore Bugatti set up a car plant at a disused dyeing plant in Molsheim at the end of 1909. He went on to further refine his Type 10 to and developed the Type 13, which was the first official Bugatti model.
The Type 13 was followed by the Type 35 in the 1930s, which was one of the most successful racing cars ever, and the Type 41 Royale, which symbolized luxury in every sense of the word. Ettore Bugatti’s son, Jean Bugatti offered his own take on a luxury car with his groundbreaking Type 57 SC Atlantic.
In the period up to 1956, about 7,950 vehicles of Types 10 to 252 were produced, and of these about 2,000 are still in existence. In 1987, Romano Artioli revived the Bugatti brand and made the EB 110, a super sports car having a top speed of over 340 km/h. This was the fastest production car in the world at the beginning of the 1990s.
The new Bugatti era started with the Veyron 16.4
The Veyron 16.4 with more than 1,000 PS, produced between 2005 and 2015, brought the tradition of Bugatti forward to the modern era. The Chiron, which has been made since 2016 in weeks of hand crafting, is a modern luxury hyper sports car that fits seamlessly into the Bugatti family tree. It combines the technical excellence, style and iconic character of the historic vehicles, reinterpreting them as the renaissance of legendary cars produced by a legendary brand. Since 2018, this has also included the Bugatti Divo2, a hyper car with modified aerodynamics designed for significantly higher lateral acceleration.
Both models feature a superlative powerplant: the 8.0-litre W16 engine with four turbochargers delivers 1,103 kW/1,500 PS and 1,600 Newton-meters of torque. The engine compartment cover of the “110 ans Bugatti” is resplendent in Steel Blue and Steel Blue Carbon. The inserts on the cylinder banks are made from aluminium with a clear anodized finish. The car can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 2.4 seconds, reaching 200 km/h in 6.1 seconds and 300 km/h in 13.1 seconds. Even the magic figure of 400 km/h can be reached in only 32.6 seconds. The maximum speed is far higher, at 420 km/h. “The ultimate hyper sports car from France is still the most powerful, highest-quality, fastest and most comfortable gran turismo in existence – a blend of elegance, quality, unique character and power,” says Stephan Winkelmann. This is an industrial product of considerable artistic merit.
Form follows Performance. This applies especially to the new edition. The famed Bugatti line, the brand’s graphic DNA, also adorns this exclusive model. Behind the C line, set off by contrasting color, the extraordinary engine receives sufficient air for combustion and cooling. “The design element also establishes a link to the historic Type 57 SC Atlantic, which is now one of the world’s most valuable cars,” says Achim Anscheidt, Chief Designer of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. The special model celebrating the 110thanniversary of the brand’s existence in France keeps up this tradition.
Manju Mathew, an MBA in marketing, completed publisher training courses from the Oxford Brookes University and New York University. She started with marketing and PR roles before moving on to her current position as a full time writer. Currently living in Dubai, her life as an expat has sharpened her observation skills and flair for writing. She enjoys writing about luxury cars like Ferrari, Lamborghini, etc even if she can only dream of owning them.
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