Bugatti celebrates Jean Bugatti’s birthday
Jean Bugatti was the father of the brand’s founder Ettore Bugatti. Born in Milan in 1881, he moved to Paris to become an engineer and soon joined the company of his uncle, the car manufacturer Albert. Ettore was deeply influenced by his uncle, who later moved to the US to work for a brand that would later become American Motors.
In 1909, Albert was murdered, and the fate of the brand was decided by the family. Ettore decided to make luxury cars, while Jean opted for commercial vehicles. In 1912, Jean founded a company in Paris dedicated to the production of commercial vehicles.
The first truck was named “Bugatti” in honor of its founder, and this is how the brand was born. The company was sold to a Swiss investor in 1915, and Jean Bugatti decided to go back to his family roots and join the business of his nephew. After the war, Jean Bugatti returned to his business, which was now based in Molsheim. In the 1960s, the brand experienced a revival under the direction of his son Roland Bugatti, who had been working at Ferrari.
Today, Bugatti is one of the most glamorous brands in the automotive world. The company’s headquarters are now located in Campogalliano (in northern Italy), where they were relocated from Molsheim in 2014. The brand’s history is closely linked to that of its founder and namesake Jean Bugatti, who was born on this day in 1881.
Bugatti EB110 GT
The Bugatti EB110 GT was a supercar produced by Bugatti Automobili S.p.A., a company founded by Italian entrepreneur Romano Artioli and former Lamborghini chief engineer, Giampaolo Dallara. It was unveiled on March 6, 1991, at the Geneva Motor Show, and production began in 1992 in Milan, Italy. The first prototype of the EB110 GT was shown at the 1991 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The car featured a 3.5 L twin-turbocharged V12 engine with four valves per cylinder. The engine was capable of producing 479 PS (353 kW; 467 bhp) at 6300 pm and 516 lb·ft (700 N·m) at 5000 pm. The 0–60 mph acceleration time for the GT was 3.2 seconds, with the top speed being 202 miles per hour (325 km/h)