A powerful vision
By the end of the 1980s, the vision of the Italian entrepreneur Romano Artioli began to turn his great dream into reality: to create a new Bugatti, the first one since 1956.
Following the spirit of Ettore, Artioli cut no corners in the development of the brand and the model for the great comeback.
The EB110 was created from scratch, without a predecessor. Everything was new, from the V12 power plant and the all-wheel drive transmission to the carbon fiber monocoque and the extensive use of other sophisticated materials and techniques.
Shaped by the best designers and engineers of the time, the new creation featured state-of-the-art technologies which are still innovative today, almost three decades later. In fact, many of the technological components of the EB110 are also found in the Bugatti Veyron and Chiron. The carbon fiber monocoque –the first of its type for a production car– weighed only 125 kilograms. The design was executed by Marcello Gandini, one of the most talented and prestigious car designers of all time. The flat, wedge-shaped and graphically two-dimensional style and the scissordoors are just two of the particular signatures of the famed Italian designer.
The engine was simply superb: with only 3.5 liters, and with the brisk assistance of four compact turbochargers, it delivered 560 HP in the GT version and 611 HP in the Super Sport. The sophisticated four-wheel drive system – with a torque split of 28/72 –provided endless grip, contributing to both performance and safety. The EB110 SS broke several world speed records –reaching 351 km/h, it was a remarkable figure even by current standards. To prove the mechanical efficiency of the car under extreme conditions, Bugatti broke other speed records: reaching 342 km/h running on natural gas and 296 km/h driving on ice were just some of the achievements of the EB110 in the early 1990s. In terms of acceleration, it sprinted from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.26 seconds and covered 1.000 meters in 21.3 seconds, way ahead of contemporary rivals.
Foundation of a new Era
With the creation of the EB110, Bugatti catapulted itself back to the top of the automotive world, exactly where Romano Artioli and Ettore Bugatti had always seen the brand.