- 12 February 2018
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Bugatti brand represents a unique combination of design, sculpture, and architecture. There is no other automobile company like this. It has always been special from its inception to the present. The company has gone through different situations, including prosperity and failures. Its models have been made with both amazing artistry and revolutionary technologies in mind.
The Italian founder of the company came from a family of artists, which was reflected in the beautiful design of Bugatti cars. The founder was inspired by the petrol-engines, and that is why he decided to create his own car. One year, the Bugatti car was created along with Gulinelli brothers. It debuted at the International Exhibition bringing Ettore the T2 prize for the design and construction.
Inspired by the first success, Ettore asked the ‘De Dietrich Company’ to manufacture his vehicle. A few challenges were added, and the license for the production was issued. The contract was terminated several years later.
Ettore wanted to join Emi Mathias, but the cooperation did not last for a long time. All this led to opening his Bugatti own plant. In 1909, de Vizcaya offered financial help that was used to establish the ‘Automobiles Ettore Bugatti’ in France.
The first car from the Bugatti plant was delivered in 1910. All in all, 5 cars were produced and sold that year. Ernest Fredrich, Bugatti’s assistant, took part in different races and won a range of them, which became a start of the company’s success on the racing circuit.
In 1911, Peugeot and Bugatti signed a contract, and as a result, the Bebe Peugeot was created. In 1913, the production of airplane engines was started by Bugatti for the war effort, which, eventually, helped the company hire more people and increase production.
The Bugatti slogan “Le Pur Sangre Des Automobiles” was officially registered in 1925. In 1936, all employees refused to work demanding to increase their payments and improve their working conditions. This made Ettore shift his office to Paris. In 1939, Jean Bugatti, the son of Ettore Bugatti, died in a car accident leaving no successors to continue the family business. The company faced a range of financial problems, which along with the death of the only son scarred the founder of the company completely. He could not produce new automobiles anymore. Bugatti died in 1947, and the last model was released in the 1950s at the Paris Motor Show. In the 1960s, Bugatti company was fully purchased for its airplane parts business.
The new beginning for the company started in 1987, when Romano Artioli, an Italian entrepreneur, purchase the Bugatti brand to produce exclusive sports cars. Today, the company name belongs to Volkswagen, a German automobile manufacturer.
The following are some of Bugatti facts that you might find interesting:
• The first contact was signed by the father of Bugatti because at that time the founder was only 21 years old;
• All in all, there have been 32 models produced under the Bugatti brand;
• In 1939, a Bugatti vehicle lost its air engine due to explosion while being tested;
• Bugatti Veyron belongs to the fastest, most powerful, and most luxurious Bugatti models. The model comes with a 1,200 hp and can reach up to 270 mph. Its average price is more than $2,500,000.
• In 2001, the first Veyron engine produced too much heat that could lead to burning the factory;
• As an option, it was possible to order a car with a one-carat diamond into the power needles and speedometer;
• Bugatti Type 13 was the very first real Bugatti car;
• There is only one radiator on the standard car, but since the Bugatti Veyron has to keep 1,200 hp, it requires 10 radiators, and it takes about 150 hours to manufacture all of them;
• The Type 35 was the most successful of the racing models produced by Bugatti.