Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Bugatti EB110 the one of the greatest modern SUPERCARS

Bugatti EB110Introduction of the EB110 SS model at Geneva.

Bugatti EB110The factory as new, before the assembly line was setup!

Bugatti EB110EB 110 Blocks waiting for full build up.

Bugatti EB110One of the many army of machine tooling stages.

Bugatti EB110The ever beautiful EB110 & Bugatti's equally stunning Press Mgr. in the background.

Bugatti EB110It's a tuff job..but someone has to hang out and preserve history.

Bugatti EB110Engine Assembly Shop, a very open enviorment.

Bugatti EB110EB assemblyline.

Bugatti EB110Ah, the foundational Bugatti concept 3.5 liters, then add 4 turbos.

Bugatti EB110Beauty & Power blended into dynamic combination.

Bugatti EB110Bugatti was hoping to deliver 4 cars per week.

Bugatti EB110Early EB 110's final QC check prior to delivery.

Bugatti EB110My 1st drive of EB110 "mule car", blistering the Autostrada.

Bugatti EB110The Silver EB110 was a magnet.

Bugatti EB110Nothing on the EB110 was ever over looked.

Bugatti EB110An Army of muilt-task tooling just installed.

Bugatti EB110All hand built , without any concern for time.

Bugatti EB110Italian craftsmanship with no concern of time or cost.

Bugatti EB110 Hand Porting, hand labor and a delicate task.

Five pre-production prototypes with aluminum chassis were built, followed by eight with composite chassis. Following these, it is believed that only 95 GT and 31 SS production models were constructed.
In 1992, a lighter and more powerful model with 600 PS (592 hp/441 kW) at 8000 rpm, the EB110 SS (either Sport Stradale or SuperSport) was introduced. This car was capable of 219 mph (352 km/h) and 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.2 seconds.
At a price of more than US$350,000 for the SS model, the car wasn't going to be anything but exclusive. Early in 1994 Formula One driver Michael Schumacher purchased a banana-yellow EB 110 Super Sport, giving the company a great deal of publicity. Derek Hill, son of American Formula 1 Champion Phil Hill, was one of the three drivers on a team that competed with an EB 110 in the United States at the 1996 24 Hours of Daytona.
Hard times hit the company in 1995 and, as result of chairman Artioli's over ambitious purchase of Lotus in addition to the company's quest to develop the EB112 a four door car, the company was bankrupt. Dauer Racing GmbH of Nuremberg, Germany, bought the semi-finished EB 110 cars in the assembly plant plus the parts inventory through the bankruptcy trustee. The remaining chassis and a version of the engine were later developed by B Engineering into their Edonis sports car.