The Bugatti EB 110 is a mid-engine sports car that was produced from 1991 to 1995 and it was the only production model made by Romano Artioli’s Italian incarnation of Bugatti. The Bugatti EB 110 was unveiled on 15 September 1991 in Versailles, as well as, in front of the Grande Arche de la Defense just outside of Paris. These events took place exactly 110 years after Ettore Bugatti’s birth and that is why this supercar from the ’90’s was named the Bugatti EB 110.
Unfortunately, hard times hit the company in 1995 as result of chairman Artioli’s over-ambitious purchase of Lotus (previously owned by GM). Adding to the financial burden was the company’s quest to develop the EB112 four door car and before you knew it, 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 and placed into their Edonis sports cars.
So, how about I get back to something more pleasant like the meat and potatoes of this car? This speed demon has a 60-valve, quad-turbocharged V12 mamma jamma of an engine that is fed through 12 individual throttle bodies that send power to all four wheels. Needless to say, all of this is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The 3.5 liter engine has a 3.2 inch bore and a 2.23 inch stroke and is capable of 550 horsepower at 8000 rpm, and that is why I prefer small block motors because they can handle higher revs than a big block. The premium Super Sport version (available in 1992) has a maximum power output of 592 horsepower at 8250 rpm and acceleration from 0 to 60 mph takes 3.2 seconds and tops out at 217 mph.
The EB 100 holds the road by utilizing a double wishbone suspension and it sits upon a chassis comprised of carbon fibre. The appearance of this car is complimented by Gandini’s trademark scissor doors and it has a glass engine cover that provides a view of the V12 engine along with a speed-sensitive electronic rear wing that can be raised at the flick of a switch, while the Super Sport has a fixed rear wing.
Every time I see this supercar it reminds me of everything about the 1990 era and while I admit that I never liked the appearance of this car, I am sure it is a blast to drive.
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