Bugatti Super Sport Legends
BUGATTI: DORLISHEIM, France – June 5, 2021 – Extremely fast and yet very comfortable – with the Chiron Super Sport 300 + 1, Bugatti is once again redefining luxury hyper sports cars. Once again because the French luxury car manufacturer designed its first Super Sport 90 years ago, the Type 55, created by a young Jean Bugatti. The next three models – the EB 110 Super Sport, the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport and the Chiron Super Sport 300+ – each set new benchmarks in the decade in which they appeared. The three Bugatti drivers Loris Bicocchi, Pierre-Henri Raphanel and Andy Wallace had an important role to play in the success of these benchmarks. They gathered at Bugatti’s head office in Molsheim to take a trip down memory lane.
The Bugatti Type 55 Super Sport
The Type 55 is the only Super Sport of the Ettore Bugatti era. Its 2.3-liter supercharged inline-eight engine allowed the vehicle to reach top speeds that had not been achieved before. It also features an elegant form, about which Bugatti historian Jonathan Wood lyrical, writing that the horseshoe grille is “in perfect visual harmony with the gracefully balanced side line that runs the length of the car. … The flowing fenders give the vehicle an elegant appearance, while the low entry point (there were initially no doors) provides comfort. Jean Bugatti introduced a new two-tone color division for this model, giving Bugatti the inspiration for its horizontal color division in 2010 which was first offered with the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport.
The first Type 55 Super Sport was produced 90 years ago for the 1931 Paris Motor Show. Customers and the media in particular praised the top speed, acceleration and performance. the good handling of the Type 55. In its July 1932 issue, the widely read Motor Sport magazine noted that the Type 55 accelerated almost twice as fast as the Type 43, which was praised for its agility. He said the vehicle’s handling was up to Bugatti’s usual high standards and that “the turns, of course, are effortless, and if a turn is taken too fast the car appears to correct the error without l ‘driver’s help’. The magazine’s editors hit a top speed of over 180 km / h and reported that “you glide like in a fast plane, with no noise other than the rushing wind”.
Only 38 Type 55s were built. Its rarity makes it all the more popular as a collector’s item.
“With the Type 55, Bugatti made its first Super Sport and undoubtedly the ultimate grand tourer of its time. With its combination of comfort and pure performance as well as ease of driving, the vehicle was way ahead of its time, ”says Luigi Galli, heritage and certification specialist at Bugatti. “With this vehicle, Bugatti took comfort to new heights 90 years ago and defined a new category of vehicle.”
Loris Bicocchi and the Bugatti EB 110 Super Sport
“I’m still amazed at how modern the EB 110 SS is still to drive. It’s straightforward, precise, light and blazingly fast. It offers good road holding and optimum grip, ”enthuses the talented test driver Loris Bicocchi, who participated in the development of the EB 110 from scratch at the Bugatti factory in Campogalliano at the start of the years. 90. “The first prototypes were codenamed A1, A2 and A5 and had an aluminum chassis. Fortunately, it was then decided to use carbon instead, making the EB 110 the first production car with a partially carbon fiber body.
The extremely light, pure carbon monocoque weighs just 125 kilograms. The body is made of aluminum and carbon, among other things, the wheels are cast in magnesium and the screws are in titanium. It gets its propulsion from a V12 engine with four turbochargers and delivering up to 610 PS. Power is transferred to all four wheels. The six-speed manual transmission, viscous all-wheel limited-slip differential and rear LSD provide quick propulsion and control of the vehicle.
“The EB 110 offers exceptional control and balance despite the immense power of over 600 PS. The chassis is agile, the steering is direct, and in addition the EB 110 offers great comfort, even on long journeys ”, explains Loris Bicocchi, who spent practically every day in the automobile from 1990 to 1995.“ C was the best. moment of my life, ”he said, looking back.
Indeed, it helped develop the best super sports car of the early 1990s. The EB 110 was in a league of its own and broke speed record after speed record – 351 km / h at Nardò, 296 km / h on ice, 342.7 km / h running on CNG, and from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.26 seconds.
Between 1993 and 1995 around 96 EB 110 GT were produced in the workshop as well as the lighter and more powerful 39 EB 110 Super Sport with 610 PS.
Pierre-Henri Raphanel and the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport
“I will always associate the Veyron Super Sport with a very special moment in my life. I clearly remember not having slept well the night before setting the record. But when I woke up at 4:27 am, I took that for a sign … and the rest is history, ”says Pierre-Henri Raphanel, official Bugatti driver, multiple entered at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and Guinness world. record holder for many years. In June 2010 he set a speed record for road-approved production sports cars in a Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, reaching an average speed of 431.072 km / h – 427.933 km / h on the first run and 434.211 km / h in the other. direction.
Bugatti once again wrote automotive history when the Veyron 16.4 was launched in 2005. “I had the chance to be Bugatti’s first official driver and to present this hyper sporty vehicle to the media at the same time. and customers. Their reactions were amazing – they felt like they were on a roller coaster, as one media outlet put it, ”recalls Raphanel. The Veyron ushered in a new era in the new millennium and catapulted super sports cars into a new dimension. The new 8.0-liter W16 engine had an initial power of 1,001 hp and torque of 1,250 Nm, allowing the coupe to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 2.5 seconds and reach 200 km / h. h after 7.3 seconds. Its full power is transferred to the road by the all-wheel drive.
“Improving such a masterpiece and achieving the kind of incredible improvements Bugatti achieved with the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport was inconceivable at the time,” says Raphanel. The powerful powertrain is boosted to an incredible 1,200 hp and allows the coupe to accelerate from a standing start to 200 km / h in just 6.7 seconds, with a regulated top speed of 415 km / h. “It is still an extraordinary vehicle. In addition to its incredible power development, its perfection lies in its ease of handling and its quality finish, ”enthuses the world record holder. Atelier de Molsheim only produced 450 Veyrons until 2015, including 48 Veyron 16.4 Super Sports.
Andy Wallace and the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+
“When I first heard about the idea of breaking the 300mph sound barrier with the Chiron Super Sport, I was pretty nervous. But I was getting less and less nervous by the day because Bugatti engineers were successful in implementing my 1: 1 feedback, so we were able to continuously optimize the car. The Chiron Super Sport 300+ now drives very precisely and easily, even at speeds above 400 km / h And even after eight hours in the car, you still feel like you’re sitting in a comfortable sedan, ”says Bugatti official driver Andy Wallace, describing his experience with the Chiron Super Sport 300+.
By September 2019, the time was right and Andy Wallace was the first driver to break the 300mph mark, driving a Chiron Super Sport 300+ and at a speed of 304.773 mph (490.484 km / h). “The acceleration of a Chiron2 is incomparable. And with the even more powerful Chiron Super Sport 300+, it feels like the incredible push will never stop. It’s just full speed ahead, ”Wallace says.
With the Chiron, Bugatti presented a brand new hypersport car, from 2016. The 8.0-liter W16 engine delivers 1,500 hp and 1,600 Nm of torque. And at 1,176 kW / 1,600 hp , the Chiron Super Sport 300+ outperforms the Chiron by 100 hp, making it the most powerful Bugatti ever built. Visually, the Chiron Super Sport 300+ is distinguished above all from the Chiron by its elongated and aerodynamically optimized body, designed for extreme speeds exceeding the 420 km / h mark. The Super Sport 300+ special edition produced in a limited series of 30 consists of visible jet black carbon fiber bearing two orange racing stripes that run front to back across the body of the hyper sports car. .
“The Veyron was already in a class of its own and still drives fantastic to this day. The Chiron has managed to enter entirely new physical dimensions and further push the boundaries of what is technically feasible. It’s amazing how much Bugatti pushes the fastest and most luxurious automobiles to such perfection and high performance, ”says Andy Wallace.
The former racing driver and winner of Le Mans has been presenting the latest Bugattis to potential buyers since 2011 and has also been assisting the development team since 2015. He has already covered over 100,000 kilometers in the luxurious Molsheim hypersportive and regularly provides feedback. information to engineers. For him, the Chiron Super Sport 300+ is more than the world’s fastest production sports car. It is also a guarantee of technical finesse, very high manufacturing quality and a real passion for detail. And it won’t be the last Super Sport in Bugatti’s long history.
1 SUPER SPORT 300+ CHIRON: This model is not subject to Directive 1999/94 / EC, as homologation has not yet been granted.
2 CHIRON: WLTP: Fuel consumption, l / 100 km: particularly high 43.33 / high 22.15 / medium 18.28 / low 17.99 / combined 22.32; Combined CO2 emissions, g / km: 505.61; efficiency class: G