Automobile connoisseurs the world over are well aware of the name Bugatti, which is synonymous with high performance vehicles. From vintage designs to sports cars, there is hardly anything that the
Founding Date: 1909
Company Name: Bugatti
Country: Molsheim, Alsace, France
Company Website: www.bugatti-cars.de
Bugatti Company has not tried and succeeded at. Founded by Ettore Bugatti of France, the company has its headquarters in Alsace, France.
Ettore Bugatti, who was the founder of Bugatti Company hailed from a family of artists. He was an extremely talented person and had some technical skills at hand. Thus, believing his designing and technical abilities, he decided to put up a small automobile factory in Molsheim. The automobiles that were manufactured here were known for their impressive detailing of their engineering works and their artistic designs.
After the World War I, Bugatti Company came up with three new car models which were quite similar to the ones that were designed in the pre-war era. These cars were light weight and were fitted with 1368cc engines with 4 shafts. The smallest of these cars was named Type 13 and had a body that was perfect for a sports car. It also had a chassis that has a wheelbase of 2000mm.
The Racing Legend
Thanks to the high performance vehicles that it manufactured, Bugatti Company got great recognition in the racing arena. Its cars were used for various Grand Prix events and came out victorious, which was definitely a great achievement for the company.
Piqued by these successes, the company soon decided to design racing airplanes in the 1930s. The plan was to design a plane that would take on the German planes in the Deutsch de la Meurthe and defeat them. The plane thus developed was named Bugatti 100P. However, this dream was never realized.
In 1933, Ettore Bugatti came up with a novel idea of a railcar which was worlds apart from the heavy steam engine that was in vogue those days. This railcar was comparatively cleaner, lighter, faster and more comfortable. Thus, it was widely accepted and soon Bugatti had to expand to accommodate the growing demand for such railcars.
The Tragedy and Revival
In 1939, when Ettore’s elder son Jean Bugatti suddenly died, this came as a huge shock to the car manufacturer. This when followed by World War II left the manufacturing unit at Molsheim in ruins. The death of the founder in 1947 further worsened the situation.
The company tried to revive itself in 1950s with a race car name Typa 251. Thus, the company decided to confine itself to manufacturing of car and airplane parts.
The brand Bugatti was finally revived when Bugatti Company was acquired by Romanzo Artioli. The first car launched after this acquisition was Bugatti EB110 GT which had a 5 valve cylinder, V12 engine and six speed gearbox. The car became extremely popular due to its performance.
In 1998, Volkswagen acquired Bugatti and came up with Bugatti EB118 followed by Bugatti Veyron 16.4 with a W16 engine.
Bugatti continues to amaze people across the globe.