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  Bugatti EB 110 SS Le Mans
 

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Country of origin:France
Produced in:1994
Numbers built:one-off
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:February 05, 2009
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Click here to download printer friendly versionBugatti was one of the finest car manufacturers of the 1920s and 1930s, but after the death of founder Ettore Bugatti in 1947, the company ceased production. In an attempt to revive Bugatti, Italian entrepreneur Romano Artioli bought the rights to the legendary name. In 1989 he announced the return of Bugatti. A state of the art factory was constructed just north of Modena, Italy. So just like Ettore himself, Artioli's Bugatti was Italian.

No expense was spared in designing the new Bugatti and from scratch one of the most advanced vehicles of its day was designed and built. Launched on the day of Ettore's 110th birthday (09-15-1991), the new car was aptly named 'EB 110'. Scene of the launch was the Versailles Palace, the former domicile of the French royal family.

Much like its predecessors the EB 110 featured a uniquely styled body complete with the characteristic horse-shoe shaped grill. Responsible of the design was the Italian designer Marcello Gandini. Unlike his previous wedge-shaped designs like the Lamborghini Countach and Lancia Stratos, the EB 110's body is round and voluptuous. To save weight, the entire body was made of aluminium.

The aluminium body panels are bonded to a carbon fibre monocoque chassis. The EB 110 was the first road car to use a monocoque using this exotic material. Due to the difficult production process of the composite material, the tubs were constructed by French aviation company Aerospatiale. It was suspended all around by double wishbones. The front suspension features push-rod operated shock absorbers and the rear dual shock absorbers on each side.

Not just the chassis was advanced, the engine was as well; it remains as one of the most complex powerplants ever constructed. Being a 60 degree V12 engine, its configuration was very Italian, but the ancillaries are what make the 3.5 litre V12 extraordinary. The dual overhead camshafts operated five valves per cylinder, a setup only seen in the Ferrari F1 racers of the day. Four IHI Turbochargers were mated the high revving engine, giving the EB 110 an unprecedented output of over 550 bhp.

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