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Bugatti Automobiles is a French manufacturer of cars. It was started by Ettore Bugatti. The company was responsible for producing very high end luxury cars, however, by the World War II, the car company failed. The company failed financially and released its last model in the 1950s. The company was eventually purchased for its airline parts business in the 1960s. Today it is owned by the Volkswagen group, who has restored Bugatti as a builder of limited and exclusive sports cars.
Some of the models that the company carries are the Type 35 Grand Prix, the Royale, the Type 57 Atlantic and the Type 55 sports car. Approximately 7,900 cars were produced out of which 2,000 still exist. Each Bugatti model was the prefix T for Type which referred to the chassis and drive train.
Bugatti was really popular in racing. The Bugatti Type 10 won four positions. The Bugatti Type 35 is one of the most successful racing cars of all times with 2,000 wins.
Bugatti also designed a railcar called the Autorail Bugatti. In 1939, Jean Bugatti was killed while testing a Type 57 car. This led to the decline of the company and finally Ettore Bugatti died on 21st August 1947.
Bugatti's cars are symbol of both work of art and mechanical creations.
Ettore Bugatti was born in Milan, Italy, on September 15th, 1881. His father, Carlo Bugatti, was a famous sculptor and a respected artistic carpenter in his own right. In 1897, Ettore Bugatti began his training at the bicycle manufacturer Prinetti and Stucchi. At age 17, Ettore put a tricycle with a motor, and soon thereafter followed it with another tricycle driven by twin DeDion motors. Just prior to the end of the century, Ettore Bugatti took part in a race with his first vehicle.
Ettore Bugatti presented his first self-made automobile at the international exhibition in Milan in 1901. The Gulinelli brothers helped him build the vehicle and it was awarded the T2 prize by the French Automobile Club. Ettore developed five other vehicles for the Deutz company in Cologne.
In 1909 Bugatti built his own business that bore his name in the town of Molsheim in the Alsace region of France. The company also enjoyed great success in early Grand Prix motor racing, winning the first ever Monaco Grand Prix. Bugatti built the Royale in 1926 which turned out to be a disaster because people could not afford such an expensive car. He then started making trains for the French government in the 1930s.
Ettore Arco Isidoro Bugatti was born on 15th September 1881. He was a designer and manufacturer of automobiles. He was born in Milan. The son of Carlo Bugatti and Teresa Loriolli, he was the brother of the famous sculptor, Rembrandt Bugatti.
His paternal grandfather Giovanni Luigi Bugatti was an architect and sculptor. He designed and produced many engines before producing the Bugatti engine. This was the Type 1 produced for Prinetti & Stucchi. He designed the Type 8 Type 9 engine when he worked with Deutz Gasmotoren Fabrik.
Bugatti established the Molsheim automobile company in the Alsace region. The company was successful in Grand Prix Racing. During August 1939, his son was killed testing a Bugatti Type 57 tank bodied race car. After that the company's fortunes declined. The World War 2 demolished the factory at Molsheim and Bugatti built a new factory at Levallois in Paris to design cars.
Ettore Bugatti died on 21st August 1947.
Wolfgang Duerheimer has been the Chief Executive Officer of Bugatti since Feburary 1, 2011 and the President since 2010. He was the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Bentley since Feburary 1, 2011. He was the director of Volkswagen since 2010. He served as Executive Vice President of Research & Development at Porsche Automobil Holding SE until February 1, 2011. He served as Member of the Executive Board at Porsche AG. He also served as a Member of the Executive Board of PIKS Porsche-Information-Kommunikation- Services GmbH and CTS Fahrzeug-Dachsysteme GmbH. He served as the Chairman of Porsche Engineering Group GmbH and Porsche Engineering Services GmbH. He has been a Director of Bentley Motors Ltd. since February 2011. He is a Diplom-Ingenieur.
Stefan Brungs is the Head of Sales and Marketing at Bugatti since October 2010. He started his career at the Volkswagen group as the head of marketing and strategy and in 1997 took over sales of Northwest Europe. From 1994 to 2004 he was the Managing Director of Bentley Europe. He launched the Continental GT during that time.
Dr.-Ing. Franz-Josef Paefgen has been appointed as the President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. (Molsheim) and Bugatti International S.A. (Luxemburg). He succeeds Dr. Thomas Bscher, who leaves the company by mutual agreement at the end of the month. Paefgen will continue to perform his duties as Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors Ltd. and General Representative of Volkswagen AG for Group Research and Motorsport in addition to his new responsibilities. From 1980, he held various senior posts at Audi AG, the most recent being Chairman of the Board of Management from 1998 to 2002. Since 2002, Paefgen has, inter alia, been Chairman of Bentley Motors Ltd. From 2003 to 2005, he was responsible for the development of the Veyron 16.4*) as Chief Executive Officer of Bugatti Engineering.
The studio located near Chateau is the production site of the Veyron 16.4. The sports car is assembled in the main building. There are three assembly stations where the Veyrons are assembled by hand. The car is checked to guarantee its technical condition.
Bugatti Veyron has a 16 cylinder four wheel drive. It offers 1,001 horsepower. There is an Electronic Stability Program that ensures great flexibility and speed. It takes the car 2.5 seconds to go from 0 to 100 km/h. The car has a gearbox with 7 gear DSG, fuel consumption at 24.1 litres per 100 km, and CO2 emission of 574 gm/km.
The grand sport has state of the art technology. It is made of titanium, carbon fibre, magnesium, alumiunum. It has a 7 gear DSG gearbox with fuel consumption at 24.9 litres per 100 km and CO2 emission of 596 gm/km.
The Super Sport car is with a uniquely high performance of 882 kW (1.200 bhp) offering experienced drivers a whole new dimension of excitement, with a maximum torque of 1.500 Newton metres and a limited top speed of 415 km/h (to protect the tyres).
The Super Sport is a consequent further development of the classic exclusive 736 kW (1.001 bhp) Bugatti Veyron 16.4, launched in 2005. This model offers a great set of specifications, such as the twin clutch gearbox with seven speeds, the extraordinarily precise driving performance in bends and excellent stability when braking and accelerating.
Bugatti won the Car of the Decade by Robb Report. The car that won this award was the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport. "The Bugatti's mission-to celebrate unapologetically beauty and power-placed this contender in an altogether different arena," Mr. Anderson explained. "Over the course of our judging period, the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport truly showcased mind-bending performance, while maintaining its ability to be imminently drivable. Such an impressive achievement is indeed a rarity."
The Bugatti Veyron 16.4, has a top speed of 253mph (407 km/h) reaching 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in 2.5 seconds. With a price of €1.2 million (excluding tax) only 300 units were made. Available from March 2009, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport has a top speed of 253mph (407 km/h) reaching 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in 2.7 seconds with a price tag of € 1.4 million (excluding tax).
In the 2005 Top Gear awards, Bugatti Veyron won the Best Car of the Year Award in a ceremony in London. It also won the Dream Car of the Year by Top Gear as presented to Dr. Thomas Bscher, President of Bugatti Automobiles. The award was presented by Jeremy Clarkson, the Top Gear presenter.
Popular Science awarded the Bugatti Veyron with the "2006 Grand Award". None of the cars can match the Bugatti Veyron 16.4’s specs: 1,001 horsepower, 253 mph, 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds.
Bugatti set up its first exhibition hall around the globe in Beijing on September 28, 2009. This had tremendous impact on the global operations of Bugatti. The company located its first exhibition hall in China because it feels it can sell many of its cars in China.
Bugatti does not export any cars from India
Bugatti will replace the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 with another model in 2012. This model will replace the 1,001 horsepower supercar. It will be an ultra-high end model. The company does not want to produce a smaller or cheaper car and does not want to increase its volumes, according to the company.
Bugatti is also considering launching a high-end luxury sedan based on the Bentley Arnage that will compete with the Rolls Royce Phantom. They will develop a more powerful GT version of the current Veyron which could reach 1,200 horsepower at the end of it's production cycle.
The final unit of the Veyron will be produced in December 2011 and the Galiber will be put into production as the Royale. The first Royale was launched in 1927. This car has a 12.7 litre engine but the new version will carry the W16 engine and have 850 horsepower. Bugatti plans on selling 3,000 units of the Royale at 1 million Euros each.