In summer 2019, at “The Quail – A Motorsports Gathering” in California, Bugatti presented the Bugatti Centodieci – a tribute to the legendary EB 110. All ten units of the vehicle were sold out at a net price of eight million euros. This year, the French luxury brand announced that the first prototype of the hyper sports car with a W16 engine and 1,600 PS is currently being assembled. The highly exclusive, hand-crafted small series will be delivered to customers next year.
The design of the Bugatti Centodieci, with its flat front, low-slung front spoiler and three-part air intakes, is inspired by the shape of the EB 110 – the most famous super sports car of the 1990s. The new hyper sports car also pays homage to the Italian entrepreneur Romano Artioli and architect Giampaolo Benedini, the men who created the EB 110 some 30 years ago.
Since the world premiere of the Centodieci, the Bugatti development team has been working on the technical execution of the strictly limited model. The engineers first made calculations for the body, aerodynamics, engine, and transmission, after that they simulate the airflow on the car and check all components down to the smallest screw. The design team checks the styling in close collaboration with the developers before finalizing this and designing the surfaces.
The team has just successfully put the rolling chassis into operation on the site’s own roller dynamometer in the Molsheim Atelier and check all the drivetrain functions – to ensure the Centodieci can move onto the next stage of development. The next step is now to build the elaborate exterior.
To ensure efficient engine thermodynamics, the Centodieci has a wide air outlet opening and modified air flows. Guide flaps around the five circular air inserts provide sufficient air intake for the 16-cylinder power unit. As a result, the otherwise dominant Bugatti line, the C-line, gives way to a new design. The rear is formed into a large ventilation outlet opening defined by the eight rear light elements.
After the development team simulates and tests all data on the test rigs, the Centodieci will undergo dynamic testing.