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My encounter with Ralph Lauren
The eight masterpieces of Corsica
Compassion or crime?
From Aerolithe to EXK 6
First ride in a vintage
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|[14 Sep 09] :: BUGATTI sets the course for the future|
|The Bugatti 16 C Galibier Concept|
The most exclusive, elegant, and powerful four door Automobile in the World
Molsheim, Elsass, 14 September, 2009 â€“ As the climax of its centenary celebration ceremonies, Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. presented customers and opinion-makers with the Bugatti 16 C Galibier concept, intended to be the most exclusive, elegant, and powerful four door automobile in the world last weekend in Molsheim. At the historic site where Ettore Bugatti once laid the cornerstone of his company, Bugattiâ€™s current president, Dr. Ing. Franz-Josef Paefgen emphasised that the Galibier is one of several concept studies with which the company is considering for the future of the Bugatti marque.
Art - Forme - Technique: those are the brand values to which Ettore Bugatti and his son Jeanoriented themselves in order to develop even more powerful engines and even more noble body designs for each new model, which were without equal in quality, handling, speed and elegance. In the process, they experimented again and again without compromise with new materials; thus was Bugatti one of the first manufacturers to use aluminium parts for bodies, engine blocks and wheels.
Art - Forme - Technique are also the brand values to which the design and engineering team of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. oriented themselves in the development of the Galibier. With this new four-door concept car, Bugatti assumes anew a leading role in the use of new material combinations. Thus the body is constructed of handmade carbon fibre parts coloured dark blue so that, when illuminated, the woven structure shimmers through strikingly. Carbon fibre not only possesses unusually great rigidity but is also especially light. The wings and doors are out of polished aluminium.
The Galibierâ€™s design masters the challenge of uniting sportiness with the comfort and elegance of a modern four-door saloon. The basic architecture picks up on the torpedo-like character of the Type 35, which was already revived in the Veyron, and reinterprets it. With the typical Bugatti radiator grille, big round LED headlights and the clamshell running the length of the vehicle which became synonymous with the brand identity under Jean Bugatti in the Type 57, this car transports the Bugatti genes into the modern world.
Beneath the bonnet, which folds back from both sides, there resides a 16-cylinder, 8-litre engine with twostage supercharging. What makes this engine special is that it was developed as a flex-fuel engine and can optional be run on ethanol. Four-wheel drive, specially developed ceramic brakes and a new suspension design enable the agile, always-sure handling of a saloon of this size.
The interior reflects the elemental design of the exterior. The dash panel has been reduced to the essential; two centrally located main instruments keep even the rear passengers constantly informed of the actual speed and previous performance. Parmigiani, the Swiss maker of fine watches, created the removable Reverso Tourbillon clock for the Galibier, which may be worn on the wrist thanks to a cleverly designed leather strap.
â€œGalibierâ€ is not just the name of one of the most difficult alpine passes along the Tour de France but, in its time, was a version of the four door Type 57 unequalled in sportiness and elegance.
|[19 Jul 09] :: Bugatti EB110 crashes violently in Moscow|
|The Bavaria City Racing event in Moscow could have been better for the driver of the Bugatti EB110 pictured in this video.|
Youtube video of Bugatti EB110 crashing
|[14 Jul 09] :: First teaser of new Bugatti|
|This will be the new Bugatti. The picture leaves a lot to be imagined, but at least to me it seems like a sedan type luxury car, with a simulated seam over the centreline, and very nice back lights and brake light.|
What will the exact car look like? Only time can tell...
|[12 Jul 09] :: More then 20.000 pictures on the Bugatti Photo Server|
|Another milestone for Bugattibuilder.com! The magic number of 20.000 pictures has been reached on the Bugatti Photo Server|
Next milestone will probably be the millionth photoview on the photoserver. (now at 770.000).
As always, I am looking for Bugatti pictures. Especially period pictures are very interesting. If you have those available, please post them. (or mail them to me at: herman at bugattibuilder dot com)
|[12 Jul 09] :: Bugatti recovered from Lago Maggiore after 70 years!|
|After lying dormant on the bottom of the Lago Maggiore, 50 meters below the water, a Bugatti has been brought back to land.|
Please see the following footage, and see the pictures on the forum:
-what type of car is this? (type 30?)
-what is the chassis number?
-what is the future of the car?
|[07 Jul 09] :: Stolen Classic Car Register online!|
It is my pleasure to announce 2 new websites:
This website is a joint effort of Ard and Arnoud op de Weegh, writers of "The fate of the Sleeping Beauties" (together with Kay Hottendorf) and me, Herman Brouwer, editor of www.bugattibuilder.com and www.bugattiregister.com.
In recent times quite a few classic cars have been stolen, and this website is an effort to trace these cars and bring them back to the owners. Please visit .www.stolenclassiccarregister.com where the process is explained.
This site will go live in about a week time, but already there is the opportunity to subscribe to the mailinglist
|[07 Jul 09] :: International Bugatti Register online!|
It is my pleasure to announce 2 new websites:
This website holds chassis number data for all the known Bugattis that are still around. As this website is already running for a couple of months, most of you will already be familiar. For all the others: Please take a visit, and see if you like it.