Bugatti La Voiture Noire

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Bugatti La Voiture Noire
Bugatti La Voiture Noire, GIMS 2019, Le Grand-Saconnex (GIMS0951).jpg
Overview
ManufacturerBugatti Automobiles S.A.S.
Production2019 (1 produced)
AssemblyMolsheim, Alsace, France
DesignerEtienne Salomé
Body and chassis
ClassSupercar
Body style2-door coupé
LayoutMid-engine, all-wheel-drive
Powertrain
Engine8.0 L quad-turbocharged W16
Transmission7-speed automatic

The Bugatti La Voiture Noire is a luxury prototype supercar built by Bugatti Automobiles. It was unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, in tribute to the history of the brand, and to the 110th anniversary of its founding in 1909 by Ettore Bugatti.[1] Based on the Chiron, the design of the car harkens back to the Type 57 SC Atlantic and is a celebration of the company's distinctive design history.

The La Voiture Noire is powered by the same 8.0-litre quad turbocharged W16 engine from the Chiron having the same power output figures but the 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox and the all-wheel-drive system are heavily revised in order to allow for a more relaxed driving experience. Softer dampers and a revised chassis contribute to the factor. The car has six exhaust pipes.

Performance figures remain unknown but the company states that the car is likely to have a lower top speed and acceleration times as compared to the Chiron due to its Grand Touring nature. The car was sold for a price of €11 million, making it the most expensive car built to date.[2][3]

History[edit]

The car is designed by designer Bugatti Étienne Salomé (Royal College of Art, London). It is inspired by the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 (2005), Bugatti Chiron (2016), and Bugatti Divo (2018), as well as mythical, legendary and emblematic Bugatti Fireball and Bugatti Type SC57 Atlantic in 1930, of Jean Bugatti (son and heir of Ettore Bugatti ).

Design[edit]

The car has a hand-built body made from carbon fibre designed by Bugatti designer Etienne Salomé which has an elongated nose (similar to that on the Divo) and an elongated rear section. Other features include unique wing mirrors, LED taillight strip and wheels. Unlike the original, the car retains the mid-engine layout. A trim piece running from the front of the car to the rear spoiler recalls the dorsal fin present on the Type 57 SC. The car features a floating windscreen and has masked A pillars. Its neo-retro-futuristic fastback body is made from carbon fiber and is entirely handmade at the Bugatti factory in Molsheim, Alsace. The carbon backbone of the low roof, to the horseshoe grille recall those of the Bugatti Type SC57 Fireball Atlantic in 1930.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "La Voiture Noire réminiscence d'une icône". www.bugatti.com.
  2. ^ "New one-off Bugatti La Voiture Noire revealed at Geneva". Auto Express. 2019-03-05. Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  3. ^ "one-off bugatti la voiture noire reinterprets the type 57 SC atlantic". Design boom. 2019-03-05. Retrieved 2019-03-05.

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