RE: Bugatti EB110 Endurance Racers: Time for Tea

RE: Bugatti EB110 Endurance Racers: Time for Tea

Thursday 9th August

Bugatti EB110 Endurance Racers: Time for Tea?

The almost forgotten story of how Bugatti built two EB110 endurance racers - fabulously retold for your pleasure



The Bugatti EB110 may not have been the marque’s most successful venture, but it’s certainly one of its coolest. Sure, an output of 560hp is no longer particularly noteworthy, particularly from a quad-turbo V12, but a top speed of 213mph is certainly nothing to be sniffed at.

It’s easy to see why, then, that despite the financial difficulty which would eventually scupper the EB110 project, and lead to the company’s sale to Volkswagen, Bugatti’s ambition for the car remained unabated. The decision was therefore taken to build two examples for endurance racing: the EB110 LM for Le Mans and the EB110 SC GTS-1 for the IMSA GT championship. Now a fantastic short film has been created, telling the story of those cars, and the men who created them.

On how the film came to be made its director, Davide Cironi, explains: “The owner of the two racing cars contacted me a year ago, inviting me to visit him to make this film, and we were picked up at the airport by what I assumed was a lowly assistant. But no, it was the owner himself driving the van, one of the world’s most passionate collectors.

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“Within a few hours, an astonishing series of guests began to arrive on various flights from across Italy: there was Loris Bicocchi, Romano Artioli and Giampaolo Benedini, plus Giampaolo Simonini, Fabio Baroni and Vittorio Filippini – the latter a technician so in love with his work that it was almost poetic.”

Their tales of the car’s conception, from the racing transmission’s design and eventual demise to the troubled development of its single wheel nuts are fascinating on their own. Compiled together as they are here though, and supplemented by plenty of period footage, they make for a highly compelling way to spend half an hour. Enjoy!

 

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Funkstar De Luxe

Original Poster:

326 posts

117 months

Thursday 9th August
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This guy's videos are incredible.

cookie1600

973 posts

95 months

Thursday 9th August
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One describes all the contributors: Passion

Gecko1978

2,056 posts

91 months

Thursday 9th August
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possibly my fave supercar of all time. I have read there was a planned 1000bhp upgrade in the works that never came to be.

fph

37 posts

51 months

Thursday 9th August
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I still have the diecast 1/18 model that I had as a child. V12, four turbos, 60 valves and four wheel drive in a compact chassis built in a state of the art factory. What could possibly go wrong?

howardhughes

238 posts

138 months

Thursday 9th August
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"560hp is no longer particularly noteworthy, particularly from a quad-turbo V12"

Quite possibly one of the most dismissive comments written and rather disrespectful.

So it doesn't do 60 in 1.5 seconds or reach 120 in 3? is that really an issue??
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soad

29,146 posts

110 months

Thursday 9th August
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Wasn't aware they did any racing. At least not in the 90s.
Schumacher had a standard car though? cool

The Brummie

7,570 posts

121 months

Thursday 9th August
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The EB110.

Car porn.

Matt Harper

5,454 posts

135 months

Thursday 9th August
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It raced at Le Mans in 1994 - an interesting race - Group C was dead and the ACO were struggling to figure out what to do next.
The winning car was a Group C car that wasn't really (really?) a Group C car, but we had a Pantera, a Callaway Vette, F-40, a pair of Lotus Esprit, a 300ZX, several Venturis, a trio of NSX and a couple of Vipers. As I recall, the weather was perfect that year also.

belleair302

5,968 posts

141 months

Friday 10th August
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I would certainly buy one over anything this side of a RUF or Brabus if spending £400,000 or more just to be different and individual. Why follow the crowds?

rampageturke

885 posts

96 months

Friday 10th August
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soad said:
Wasn't aware they did any racing. At least not in the 90s.
Schumacher had a standard car though? cool
a yellow SS

Veeayt

2,689 posts

139 months

Friday 10th August
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Funkstar De Luxe said:
This guy's videos are incredible.
I've subscribed to him a few weeks ago - very good.

cidered77

426 posts

131 months

Friday 10th August
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howardhughes said:
"560hp is no longer particularly noteworthy, particularly from a quad-turbo V12"

Quite possibly one of the most dismissive comments written and rather disrespectful.

So it doesn't do 60 in 1.5 seconds or reach 120 in 3? is that really an issue??
for kicks sometimes i like to scan the comments thinking "i bet its not possible for someone to find something negative about this entertaining, free content" - but i'm rarely right.

Most dismissive comments of what - all time? Very Trumpian! Why even bother posting, what possible value is provided- why am i even bothering to reply in fact....!

(although for the record - these days that output seems crazy low considering the hardware. How times change...)

Gecko1978

2,056 posts

91 months

Friday 10th August
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its a 3.5l engin making just shy of 600bhp (in the ss model) I would say even today that's a lot though of course some cars have 800, 1000, 1500bhp etc

the best performance figuers I found were on wiki

The French magazine sport auto measured 0–100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.3 s, 0–400 m in 11.0 s, 0–1000 m in 19.8 s and a top speed of 351 km/h (218 mph)

So the top speed is higher than an Aventador, 918, Enzo, and even a P1

So actually its still a very fast car just not as able as things 20 years on.

TrickyTrevM5

272 posts

120 months

Friday 10th August
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This is my favourite super car of all time.
EB110 SS in yellow please.
Lottery win purchase #1.

Dont give a flying one about how it looks relative to modern performance cars, or how badly the interior has aged. The fact is its a tiny well proportioned gorgeous car in my view.

And even though an E63s will eat it alive off the lights, that misses the point entirely.

For its time, it was one of two/three cars that were romantically perfect (operationally flawed) nearly bankrupted their owners (and the manufacturers) and were lusted after / talked about by everyone who saw them on the road.

Jag XJ220
McLaren F1
being the others

(IMHO)

Great article to see out the working week !

Cheers

Trev

daveco

3,560 posts

141 months

Friday 10th August
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The 90s really were a golden period for supercars.

Still waiting for someone to stick modern rubber on them to see just how quick they still are.


EB110SS performance figures were and still are, insane. A 1/4 mile in 11 seconds and a standing km achieved in 19.8 seconds...the same as a Lamborghini Aventador eek

1781cc

201 posts

28 months

Saturday 11th August
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Like many this car was my pinup hero, not the Countach, Diablo or some other random Ferrari. I love the way it looks, the tech involved and the rarity of it.

Lottery win for sure