A company rarely takes some time to look back in the past and build something to pay a tribute to the glorious past achievements and events. In a similar event, Bugatti has unveiled a new Special-Edition Bugatti Chiron Sport, which pays homage to the carmaker’s past race drivers.
“Bugatti has had close associations with aviation since the company was established more than 110 years ago. Many successful Bugatti racing drivers, such as Albert Divo, Robert Benoist, and Bartolomeo ‘Meo’ Costantini, flew for the French Air Force, the French aviator legend Roland Garros privately drove a Bugatti Type 18 to be as fast on the road as in the air,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. “It is therefore almost an obligation for us today to pay tribute to the legends of that time and dedicate a special edition to them.”
Company founder Ettore Bugatti admired the fearless character and technical expertise of his drivers who were fascinated by high speeds, and also mastered them. On the road, the racing drivers benefited from the experience gained in aircraft cockpits. They in turn admired Ettore Bugatti for his talent as an engineer and were fascinated by his agile, light, and speedy vehicles, embodying on the road what their planes were in the sky. Roland Garros even called him the “incomparable artist who alone knows, how to give life to steel.”
Ettore Bugatti has always been inspired by aviation. In around 1915, Bugatti himself designed aircraft engines and from 1937 he also developed an entire aircraft intended to break speed records. However, the project was stopped because of the outbreak of the Second World War. Ettore Bugatti kept in close personal contact with the pilots throughout his life.
In a bid to pay homage, Bugatti is honoring these legends of aviation with the “Les Légendes du Ciel“ edition, based on the Chiron Sport and limited to 20 vehicles. The new edition references many features of the historic aircraft in which Bugatti pilots gained profitable experience. In addition to the unusual aircraft-inspired color of the paintwork, the vehicle also includes a special full leather interior with hand-drawn sketches and diamond-cut aluminum.
A striking feature of the Specia-Edition Bugatti Chiron Sport “Les Légendes du Ciel” is its special, matt-grey “Gris Serpent” paintwork, which Bugatti calls as a modern interpretation of the exterior color of the aircraft from the 1920s. The front wings are adorned with the “Les Légendes du Ciel“ logo. The “Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge” tricolor in Blue, White, and Red decorates the front area of the side sills made of exposed black carbon fiber.
The horseshoe-shaped radiator grille also has a black gloss finish. The radiator grille mesh is made of laser-cut and deep-drawn aluminum, on which the dynamic pattern of the stitched seams is repeated on the leather seats, reminiscent of planes flying in formation in an air parade. The door entry lights project the edition logo onto the ground when the doors are opened. The door sills are made of brushed aluminum with the “Les Légendes du Ciel“ logo on the middle console inlays also characterizes the new edition. The Bugatti Chiron’s W16 engine cover is also made of black exposed carbon fibre.
According to Bugatti, the Special-Edition Bugatti Chiron Sport uses fine “Gaucho” leather for the interior. The light brown leather is reminiscent of natural leather in these aircraft of days gone by. The natural material is contrasted only by aluminum trims, an aluminum inlay with the logo “Les Légendes du Ciel” that can also be found on the headrests as well as the special edition numbering “1 of 20”. Bugatti optionally offers comfortable seats and the glass roof “Sky View” through which occupants can gaze into the sky like in open-top aircraft of the past century.
The story behind interior:
On the door panels, there is a hand-sketched racing scene between the Nieuport 17 aircraft and a Bugatti Type 13, which symbolizes the two souls honored by the edition. The Nieuport 17 is a very special aircraft: it is a French biplane aircraft that was built in 1916 and was very popular with its pilots due to its reliability, speed, agility, and maneuverability. The single-seater aircraft was powered by a 9-cylinder engine that delivered up to 130bhp of power.
The Bugatti Type 13 is a very special vehicle in Bugatti’s history spanning 110 years. It was the first model to bear the name Bugatti. From 1910, Type 13 was impressed with its lightweight design, agility, and high output at the time, of more than 15bhp. More than 110 years ago, the “Pur Sang” (thoroughbred) already reached speeds of almost 100 km/h and won many races over the following years. The vehicle laid the foundations for Bugatti’s racing success. The perlée-finish, polished aluminum of the armrest tray and the centre console insert, are also reminiscent of the historic racing cars.
The Special-Edition Buggati Chiron Sport “Les Légendes du Ciel” with a W16 engine and a capacity of 8.0 litres, delivers 1,50bhp of maximum power and 1,600Nm of torque. Its maximum speed is electronically limited to 420 kmph. According to a report, Bugatti will start production of the Chiron Sport “Les Légendes du Ciel” towards the end of 2020. The edition, limited to 20 units, costs approximately Rs 25.40 crore each.