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Type 57G

The 57G “Tank” was the only Bugatti race car to achieve multiple successes in the second half of the 1930s. At the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1937, Jean-Pierre Wimille set a new record lap speed of 148.98 km/h in the fourth lap, and in the 23rd hour a Type 57 “Tank” broke the distance record set in 1933. 

 

Wimille and Robert Benoist triumphed in style at the 24 Hours of Le Mans – Bugatti’s first victory at the famous race, as well as the first French victory since 1926. Thanks to its streamlined form, the Type 57 dominated French endurance racing in 1936 and 1937. 

 

 

Technical details
Year of manufacture1936-1937
Units built3-4
Engine8-cylinder in-line engine, monoblock
Cubic capacity/bore [cm³/mm]3257/72 x 100
Compressor
CarburetorBugatti Special C2
Power [HP at revolutions/min]200 at 5500
Forward gears4
DriveShaft-driven
Front wheel suspensionLive axle, semi-elliptical springs
Back wheel suspensionLive axle, inverted quarter-elliptical springs
BrakesCable drum brakes
Wheelbase [meters]2.98
Wheel track [meters]1.35
Tire size19 x 5.50 to 6.00
Weight [kilograms]1000