Bugatti Veyron
Bugatti Automobiles
Romano Artioli
Marcel Lehoux
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Pierre Veyron
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Knowledge Identifier: &Bugatti



French car manufacturer of high-performance automobiles, founded in 1909 in Molsheim, Alsace by Italian-born Ettore Bugatti.add

Category: Business (14)

Founded in 1909.

Countries: France (26%), Italy (20%), (14%)

Main connections: Bugatti Veyron, Bugatti Automobiles, Romano Artioli

Linked to: Hispano-Suiza, Volkswagen Group, General Motors, Privately held company




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Multi-valve - Robert Peugeot commissioned the young Ettore Bugatti to developed a GP racing car for the 1912 Grand Prix


Multi-valve - In the 1920 Voiturettes Grand Prix at Le Mans driver Ernest Friderich finished first in a Bugatti Type 13 with the 16-valve engine, averaging 91,96 km/h


Multi-valve - The three-valve head would later be used for some of Bugatti's most famous cars, including the 1922 Type 29 Grand Prix racer and the legendary Type 35 of 1924


Coppa Acerbo - The Milanese manufacturer won seven of the first nine races; only in 1926 were they beaten by the legendary Bugatti T35, and again in 1930 by Italian star-driver Achille Varzi driving a Maserati


Philippe de Rothschild - "Georges Philippe" made his first appearance at the 1928 Bugatti Grand Prix at Le Mans, a race solely for private Bugatti owners where he became second immediately after the winner Charles Dubonnet


Philippe de Rothschild - At the 1929 German Grand Prix, around the notorious Nürburgring Nordschleife, "Georges Philippe" was comfortably ahead of Chiron before contact with a wall caused damage to his Bugatti's axle, slowing the car and allowing Chiron to pass and take the victory


Philippe de Rothschild - He made a brief appearance for the elite Bugatti works team, but at the end of 1929 he abruptly withdrew from motorsport, to concentrate on the family wine growing business


Mario Mazzacurati - He participated at the 1929 and 1930 Mille Miglia in a Bugatti, with Amedeo Bignami as co-driver


Marcel Lehoux - He placed second at the Grand Prix de la Marne at Reims in 1929, behind Zenelli and ahead of his friend, Philippe Étancelin, making a Bugatti sweep of the podium


British racing green - The first recorded use of the darkest green shades was on the Bugatti of Briton William Grover-Williams, driving in the very first Monaco Grand Prix, in 1929


Monaco Grand Prix - The first race, held on April 14, 1929 was organised by cigarette magnate Antony Noghès under the auspices of the "Automobile Club de Monaco", and was won by William Grover-Williams driving a Bugatti


Talbot-Lago - Other luxury automakers whose glory years had been the 1930s fared no better in the 1940s and 1950s than Talbot, with Delage, Delahaye, Hotchkiss and Bugatti disappearing from the car business while Panhard, nimbly if slightly improbably, reinvented itself as a manufacturer of small fuel efficient cars


Peugeot 402 - Streamlining was a feature of French car design in the 1930s, as can be seen by comparing the Citroën Traction Avant or some of the Bugatti models of the period with predecessor models: Peugeot was among the first volume manufacturers to apply streamlining to the extent exemplified by the 402 and smaller Peugeot 202 in a volume market vehicle range


Auto racing - The 1930s saw the transformation from high-priced road cars into pure racers, with Alfa Romeo, Auto Union, Bugatti, &Delage, Delahaye, and Mercedes-Benz constructing streamlined vehicles with engines producing up to , aided by multiple-stage supercharging


Marcel Lehoux - In 1931, he shared a Bugatti with Étancelin for both the Italian and French "Grands Prix", events of 10 hours duration, run to "Formula Libre" rules; the duo dropped out both times


Arthur Legat - Legat won the Grand Prix des Frontières at Chimay in 1931 and 1932 with a Bugatti


Helle Nice - She achieved her goal and in 1931 and drove a Bugatti Type 35C in five major Grands Prix in France


Guy Moll - In 1932 he was noticed by Marcel Lehoux, the owner of a large trade company in Algeria and a successful Grand Prix driver in his own right; Lehoux was convinced of Moll's talents and offered Moll his Bugatti for the Oran and Casablanca "Grands Prix"


Pierre Veyron - Jean Bugatti, son of Bugatti founder Ettore Bugatti, hired Pierre Veyron in 1932 as a test driver and development engineer


Pierre Veyron - Veyron entered races as a Bugatti company driver, winning many including the 1933 and 1934 Berlin Avus races while driving a Bugatti Type 51A


Tazio Nuvolari - At the start of 1934, Nuvolari entered the Monaco Grand Prix in a privately owned Bugatti


Ferrari - In that scheme, French-entered cars such as Bugatti were blue, German such as Benz and Mercedes white , and British green such as the mid-1960s Lotus and BRM, for instance


Mario Mazzacurati - Set up the "Eagle Racing Stable" in Cape Town circa 1935 and imported a number of racing cars to South Africa - like Bugatti T35B & T35C, Alfa Romeo Monza and the Maserati 6C-34


Relatives of Dr. Harold Carr found a rare 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante when cataloguing the doctor's belongings after his death in 2009 add something


Pierre Veyron - Veyron's most significant race victory was his 1939 win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, co-driving a Bugatti Type 57S Tank with Jean-Pierre Wimille


Helle Nice - However, in August 1939, her friend Jean Bugatti was killed while testing a company vehicle and a month later, racing in Europe came to a halt with the onset of World War II


Ettore Bugatti - He was almost certainly unaware of the court decision whereby his property in Alsace, which had been confiscated by the state in the feverish post-liberation frenzy of anger and retribution which his Italian origins had invited, were restored to him on 20 June 1947: Ettore Bugatti died just over two months later, on 21 August without having recovered consciousness


Bugatti continued manufacturing airplane parts and was sold to Hispano-Suiza, a former auto maker turned aircraft supplier, in 1963 add something


A show version of this car was actually built by Ghia using the last Bugatti Type 101 chassis, and was shown at the 1965 Turin Motor Show add something


Snecma took over Hispano-Suiza in 1968 add something


Snecma - In 1968, Snecma took control of Hispano-Suiza, Socata and Bugatti


After acquiring Messier, Snecma merged Messier and Bugatti into Messier-Bugatti in 1977 add something


Italian entrepreneur Romano Artioli acquired the Bugatti brand in 1987, and established "'Bugatti Automobili SpA"' add something


By 1989 the plans for the new Bugatti revival were presented by Paolo Stanzani and Marcello Gandini, designers of the Lamborghini Miura and Lamborghini Countach add something


In the 1990s, an Italian entrepreneur revived it as a builder of limited production exclusive sports cars add something


Famed racing car designer Mauro Forghieri served as Bugatti's technical director from 1992 through 1994 add something


Mauro Forghieri - In 1992, he became the technical director of the re-emerging Bugatti, where he stayed until 1994


Bugatti presented a prototype large saloon called the EB112 in 1993 add something


Romano Artioli - In 1993, his wife Renata Kettmeir formed the Bolzano-based "Ettore Bugatti" luxury item maker, using the Bugatti "EB" logo


On 27 August 1993, through his holding company, ACBN Holdings S.A. of Luxembourg, Romano Artioli purchased Lotus Cars from General Motors add something


Perhaps the most famous Bugatti EB110 owner was seven-time Formula One World Champion racing driver Michael Schumacher who purchased an EB110 in 1994 add something


Schumacher sold his EB110, which had been repaired after a severe 1994 crash, to Modena Motorsport, a Ferrari service and race preparation garage in Germany add something


Poor economic conditions forced the company to fail and operations ceased in September 1995 add something


Romano Artioli - He sold a majority stake to Proton in 1996 to fund his losses due to the insolvency of Bugatti


German firm Dauer Racing purchased the EB110 license and remaining parts stock in 1997 in order to produce five more EB110 SS vehicles add something


Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. commissioned Giorgetto Giugiaro of ItalDesign to produce Bugatti's first concept vehicle, the EB118, a coupé that debuted at the 1998 Paris Auto Show add something


Volkswagen AG acquired the Bugatti brand in 1998 add something


Bugatti Automobiles - At the urging of then-chairman Ferdinand Piëch, Volkswagen purchased the rights to produce cars under the Bugatti marque in June, 1998


Bugatti Automobiles - Volkswagen purchased the Bugatti trademark in June 1998 and incorporated Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. in 1999


After its Paris debut, the EB118 concept was shown again in 1999 at the Geneva Auto Show and the Tokyo Motor Show add something


Bugatti Automobiles - Development of this vehicle began with the 1999 EB 18/4 "Veyron" concept car, which itself had a chassis based on that of the Bugatti 18/3 Chiron concept car


Bugatti Automobiles - On 22 December 2000, Volkswagen officially incorporated Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S., with former VW drivetrain chief Karl-Heinz Neumann as president


Bugatti Automobiles - In late 2001, Bugatti announced that the car, officially called the "Bugatti Veyron 16,4", would go into production in 2003


Bugatti Veyron - The standard Bugatti Veyron won "Top Gear"'s Best Car Driven All Year award in 2005


Bugatti Automobiles - Neumann was replaced as Bugatti president by Thomas Bscher in December 2003, and substantial modifications were made to the Veyron under the guidance of a former VW engineer, Bugatti Engineering chief Wolfgang Schreiber


Koenigsegg - The record was held until September 2005 when the long awaited Bugatti Veyron broke the record again at , proven by Car and Driver and BBC Top Gear


Walter de'Silva - Following the appointment of former & Audi chairman Martin Winterkorn as the chairman of the Volkswagen Group in January 2007, de Silva was appointed as Head of & Volkswagen Group Design effective from February 1, 2007, and is now responsible for the overall strategic design direction of all VW passenger car brands including ?koda, SEAT, Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti. de Silva replaced Murat Günak, and his first task was to re-evaluate the designs of three then-imminent Volkswagen models which had been penned by his predecessor: the 2008 $Golf (Volkswagen_Go


Bugatti Veyron - In 2008, Bugatti then-CEO Dr Franz-Josef Paefgen confirmed that the Veyron would be replaced by another high-end model by 2012


Tesla Roadster - In January 2008, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that it would grant a waiver of the "advanced" air bag rule noting that the Tesla Roadster already includes standard air bags; similar waivers have been granted to many other small volume manufacturers as well, including Lotus, Ferrari, and Bugatti


Bugatti Veyron - A celebratory model unveiled at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show for the 100th anniversary of the Bugatti brand


Bugatti Veyron - The chassis 001 of the 2009 Bugatti Veyron 16,4 Grand Sport was sold at the 58th annual Pebble Beach Auction presented by Gooding & Company for , benefiting the Pebble Beach Company Foundation


Bugatti Veyron - The & Bugatti 16C Galibier concept is a prototype of a luxury sedan which was presented officially in September 2009 by Bugatti before the IAA 2009


Herb Trimpe - In December 2009, Trimpe, a Bugatti airplane enthusiast and member of the Bugatti Aircraft Association, published the eight-page comic book "Firehawks", in which the Bugatti 100P plays a major role


Bugatti Veyron - In December 2010, Bugatti began offering prospective buyers the ability to customize exterior and interiors colours by using the "Veyron 16,4 Configurator" application on the marque's official website


After Dauer stopped producing cars in 2011, Toscana-Motors GmbH of Germany purchased the remaining parts stock from Dauer add something


Bugatti Veyron - Unveiled in December 2011, the Edition Merveilleux was presented by Bugatti to a car collector from China known only as "Simon", commemorating the 40th birthday of the buyer


Bugatti Veyron - First shown at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show, the Wei Long was built by Bugatti to commemorate the Chinese year of the Dragon


Bugatti Veyron - In 2012, Bugatti invited Bernar Venet to create a one-off artwork to be applied to a Veyron Grand Sport


Jack Barclay Bentley - As of 2013 Jack Barclay of Berkeley Square retails Bentley and Bugatti cars, both brands being part of the Volkswagen Group and therefore not considered to be commercial rivals


Bugatti Veyron - On 6 April 2013, Bugatti set the record for having the highest top speed of any roadster in the world with the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, reaching on average a top speed of


Bugatti Veyron - In September 2013 Bugatti announced that it will be dropping the Galibier Project to focus solely on the successor to the Veyron


Bugatti Veyron - In July 2014, the head of VW group design revealed that the new Bugatti model will be launched in 2016


Bugatti Veyron - Bugatti was reported to produce 300 coupes and 150 roadsters up to the end of 2015


On 23 February 2015, Bugatti sold its last Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, which was named La Finale add something


Bugatti Veyron - Only 450 Bugatti Veyrons were made over the decade and the last production vehicle will be displayed at the Geneva Motor Show 05-15 March 2015


Fractional ownership - Individuals may now purchase fractional shares of high-end sports cars, including some of the world's most exclusive exotic car brands such as Bugatti, May 2015 bach, Porsche, Lamborghini, Maserati, Ferrari, Aston Martin, and Koenigsegg


Bugatti Automobiles - At the 2016 Geneva Auto Show, & & & Bugatti premiered the Bugatti Chiron as a successor to the Veyron


Bugatti Automobiles - Now the modern & & & Bugatti is the Bugatti Chiron , Released in September 2016


S-segment - Bugatti Divo, Paris Motor Show 2018, IMG 0706


Bugatti Automobiles - The La Voiture Noire was a special edition car built and sold by Bugatti in 2019


Bugatti Chiron - Introduced in February 2019, the 110 Ans & Bugatti is a limited edition variant of the Chiron Sport developed to celebrate 110 years of Bugatti