Bugatti is a luxury car brand that we all wish we could afford. Its history is muddled with plenty of success, as well as failure, and it showcases the driving forces behind its renowned infamy. These are the supercars of our dreams, but there is more to this company than meets the eye.
There are several things people probably don't know about Bugatti, and we plan to overcome them. It includes everything from the company's change of ownership to the different things they have created. Keep reading to learn ten surprising facts you didn't know about Bugatti!
10 The Company Was Founded By Ettore Bugatti
Ettore Bugatti, the son of a famous designer and artist, was the man who created this incredible company. His career began back in 1899 when he designed cars for other companies, but in 1909 he decided to go a different direction and open his own factory. His factory produced more than just cars, as he supplied parts for railways, tools, and engines of different varieties.
Things took a turn for the worse during the World Wars as the desire for these cars dwindled, and then both Ettore's wife and son passed away in 1939. Ettore's other son took over the family business, but it never reached the same heights and he eventually filed for bankruptcy.
9 The Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Is The Most Expensive Car In The World
This car was built back in 1936 and it was personally designed by Ettore's son named Jean Bugatti. It has to be riveted together, as the metal was unable to be welded together. There was one prototype and three production models created, but of the four vehicles, only two of the production models are left.
The incredibly unique teardrop design combined with its limited production makes it the most sought after and expensive car in the world. They are said to be worth as much as $114 million, which is more than most of us will see in our entire lifetimes.
8 The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Is The Fastest Production Sports Car
The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport entered production from 2012 to 2015 and it broke the record for the fastest car put into production. It was created from scratch as other existing car parts wouldn't support their horsepower goals.
It takes only 2.5 seconds for it to reach 100 mph and 1,200-horsepower which is an unbelievable achievement by this car company. Its top speed is over 250 miles per hour, which will throw you back in your seat and then some. It came at a low price of $2.4 million, and you had better hope it doesn't break down because each part costs more than that of an entirely new average vehicle.
7 They Designed Planes Back in the 1930s
The Bugatti car company had helped design some airplane engines for the French Government after the outbreak of World War One, but this was just the start of Ettore's interest. He wanted to create a plane that would defeat the Germans in the Deutsche de La Muerthe Cup Race and he hired an outside designer to help his dreams come true.
It was to hold two Bugatti engines and it was built on the second floor of a furniture factory in Paris. They failed to complete the design on time as World War Two rolled around and the plan was scrapped. It now sits in the EAA Aviation Museum after several attempts at its restoration where visitors can marvel at Bugatti's ingenuity.
6 They Even Created High-Speed Trains
Before they dove headfirst into airplanes, they had experience working on trains. Bugatti was all about speed, and Ettore wanted to create a train that was faster than his cars. The first train he ever built was tested in France back in 1933 and offered a great alternative to steam-power locomotives.
This was a great investment on Bugatti's part as they ended up maintaining over 100 rail cars, and it allowed them to stay afloat during the economic downturn during this period. His trains may also be considered the first example of the modernized train, as the world transitioned to a new era of power-driven vehicles.
5 The Front Grill Had To Be Changed Because of Birds
The recent issue Bugatti has fixed is with the front grill on their Chiron model vehicles. When these cars are taken at top speeds, birds have a tendency of smashing into the front grills. This might be okay if it wasn't for the fact they had been using aluminum until now.
The aluminum would end up smashed and irreparable, but not they have changed it into a titanium grill that can withstand the force of these birds. These birds would fly through the grill and actually damage the radiator, which had lead to plenty of costly repairs that customers weren't too happy about.
4 The Bugatti Veyron Has 10 Radiators
The Bugatti Veyron was a marvel of modern construction as it comes equipped with ten radiators. These radiators do a number of things that help the car run the best it possibly can. The average car has one to two radiators, but the Veyron has three radiators for its engine alone.
It also has three heat exchangers for the air-to-liquid intercoolers, one for air conditioning, one for the oil transmission, one the differential oil, and finally one more for engine oil. It is a complex piece of machinery and this only goes to show how much time and effort went into creating this supercar.
3 The Chiron Was Named After Their Racecar Driver
The two fastest cars that Bugatti has ever created were named after the company's racecar drivers of the time. The Bugatti Veyron earned its name from Pierre Veyron, who was hired as a driver for the company back in 1932. This Bugatti was named in his honor for his dedication to the brand and his unique set of skills behind the wheel of their vehicles.
The Chiron underwent a similar fate as it was named for Louis Chiron, another one of Bugatti's racecar drivers. He won several races for them until he was ultimately let go by the team in 1933.
2 They Created The First 3D-Printed Brake Caliper
This was a project they started back in 2018 and it is an idea we can all get behind. The 3D-printed object is lighter and stronger than other high-performance brakes used by companies. The main issue is the time it takes for them to make a single brake, as 45-hours is much too long for mass production.
They still have some kinks to work out as the breaks do provide quite a light show, but when they do it will reduce the price of these objects dramatically. Bugatti sees it as a cheaper alternative to other more costly high-performance products.
1 Volkswagen Now Owns The Company
When Ettore Bugatti died he had appointed Pierre Marco to take over the company. He partnered with Roland Bugatti, one of Ettore's sons, and created an unsuccessful model.
The factories officially shut down in 1956 and then the name was passed around between companies until Volkswagen finally acquired the rights in 1998. Since then, they have been creating Bugatti cars for the public to enjoy in styles that Ettore himself would have approved.