Among the ten examples of Bugatti Centodieci assembled by the manufacturer from Molsheim, there is one that stands out the most: a Centodieci whose finishes are inspired by the Bugatti EB110 SS LM scheduled at the start of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1994. .
Unveiled in 2019 as part of the Monterey Car Week in California, the Bugatti Centodieci was conceived by Bugatti designers as a modern interpretation of the Bugatti EB110 which, in the 1990s, helped bring the French brand back onto the international automotive stage.
This limited edition differs externally from the standard Chiron design, with design elements taken from the Bugatti EB110 and its Super Sport version. On the mechanical side, it hosts the now popular W16 8.0-liter block from the Molsheim manufacturer. This develops 1,600 hp and propels the Centodieci from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.4 seconds, and up to 380 km/h at top speed.
Centodieci was produced in only ten examples, and one of these chassis was sent to the United States to a collector with an obvious passion for motorsports. He chose the finishes of his model by taking inspiration from the Bugatti EB110 SS LM which debuted at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1994 in the GT1 category.
The famous “French Racing Blue” in the spotlight
Bugatti produced 134 examples of its EB110 prototype in the early 1990s. Among them were two “competition” chassis. One of the two was entered in the 24 Hours of Daytona, while the other participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1994.
This latter chassis, powered by a 600 horsepower 3.5 liter V12 turbo, was entered by Michel Hommell and driven by Frenchmen Alain Cudini, Eric Hélary and Jean-Christophe Boullion. The victim of the exit in Hunaudières directly at the start of the first chicane brake, less than an hour from the checkered flag, he failed to reach the end of the race but his presence at the beginning of the Sarthois tower of two hours. mark the spirit. And especially that of the owner of Centodieci that you have in front of you.
The super sports car from Molsheim here has been painted in the same “French Racing Blue” as the 1994 EB110 SS LM, features the sponsors seen on the competition car, and sports the same racing number (34) as this one. The final touch of this preparation is finally brought by the installation of a set of rims in gold finish, which color is once again reminiscent of the car from which this Centodieci is inspired.
For the record, ten Centodieci copies were sold by the Molsheim manufacturer at a price of 8 million euros excluding tax per unit.
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