What’s the first car model that crosses your mind if I mention Bugatti name? Veyron? Chiron? That’s just normal then. The two are undoubtedly the masterpieces of pure speed and engineering, but were they made to be race cars? No, not really. It’s true that Bugatti always focuses on speed, but if you’re old enough to remember, the French car maker was different in 90s.
Before being acquired by Volkswagen Group in 1998, Bugatti belonged to an Italian entrepreneur named Romano Artioli, whose main goal is to beat Ferrari and Lamborghini on the race track. For that reason he employed former Lamborghini designers and engineers to build the EB110 sports car.
The EB110 was launched in 1991, packing a 3.5-liter quad-turbo V12 engine that sent 560-592 HP to all four wheels. It sit on a carbon fiber monocoque chassis and was clothed in aluminum body panels. It could accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 3.2 seconds.
Reconfiguring the road-oriented EB110 to become a race car for the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Daytona wasn’t an easy task for Bugatti team. They had to reduce the mass of the car and give its body a new design that would be better for cooling.
A couple of EB110s were built specifically for the race endurances. The following fascinating documentary by Davide Cironi Drive Experience will show you how the two Bugatti legends were made ready for the competitions.