Featured in the Mullin Family Grand Salon
Photos by: Ted7
The 90’s were a special time for performance car makers. Brands that fought over the most contested races in motor sports took their rivalries to street cars and implemented the same cutting edge computer assisted designs and exotic materials. For a price, a driver could have a GT car built for the road. Some of most iconic sports cars to come from this era include the McLaren F1, Lamborghini Diablo, Jaguar XJ220, and Ferrari F50, but the Bugatti EB110 is one of the most overlooked.
Bugatti struggled after World War 2 because the factory in Molsheim was destroyed, but the death of Ettore Bugatti in 1947 left the company rudderless despite leaving outlines for several new cars. In 1987, Romano Artioli purchased the rights to the Bugatti marque to establish Bugatti Automobili S.p.A with a factory in Campogalliano. By 1989, conceptualization for the EB110 had begun under the guidance of former directors and engineers from Ferrari and Lamborghini.
The high performance EB110 series was released in 1991. The car was named in honor of the 110th anniversary of Ettore Bugatti’s birth. It was billed as the most technologically advanced sports car ever produced thanks to its ultra-modern body design that evoked the spirit of Molsheim-era Bugattis. Despite being the only car produced in this era of the Bugatti company, the design was ambitious event for the 90’s because the car used lightweight carbon composites in the chassis, body panels, and suspension parts to support a 550 horsepower V12 with 4 turbos. The EB110 and its variants could reach 60mph under 3.2 seconds and had a top speeds around 216 mph.
The EB110 Super Sport featured in the Art of Bugatti exhibit is one of three that were prepared for the 1994 24 Hours of Le Mans race. The engine in this car is built for competition use and delivers over 50 more horsepower than the base model, and the bodywork is significantly lighter and more aerodynamic. The Art of Bugatti will be leaving the Petersen Automotive Museum in January. To learn more about this exhibit and purchase a ticket, click the link below.