Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
The Bugatti type 105 was the last attempt to restart the company by Roland Bugatti and its road cars. An attempt to create the first digital super car, it featured extensive computer assists and software to keep the car in control. During early prototype road tests, feedback from reviewers was horrible. Citing a huge lack of feedback and a lack of consistency in the assists, led to the car having horrible dynamics.This eventually sealed the fate of the type 105, Bugatti laid dormant until the 110 EB.
Monday, February 7, 2011
Developed in the late 1960's the type 105, was an attempt by Roland Bugatti to restart the companies civilian and racing automotive activities. The type 105 was to reclaim Bugatti's racing heritage through innovation and lightweight design. Unheralded at the time Bugatti hired an F1 aerodynamic engineer to help optimize and design the vehicle. This led to the creation of what by most is regarded as the first production car with aerodynamics not just slip streaming. Ultimately the Can-am series folded before a serious Bugatti effort could be started, relegating the Type 105 to the history books.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
The Type 102, developed for the Russian propaganda machine during the cold war. Outsourced to Bugatti the vehicle was to take on the booming American car industry. Designed for Le mans, the ca used a mini reactor to increase its range and minimize stops. Major problems held back the design, the unstable reactor and heavy lead shielding. Unfortunately the Type 102 never ran, as a huge meltdown accident took place in the wilderness of western Russia, ultimately ending the project.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
These are long lost photos of the 1941 Bugatti Type 74. It served as a technological testbed for Rene Leduc' s scram jet program. It intially tested his theories on the ground where it was much safer. It was to defeat the German Auto Union racers, but the war broke out scrapping those plans.