1994 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport Brought Glory Back to a Racing Name

It had been over 30 years since Bugatti had produced vehicles when Italian Ferrari dealer Romano Artioli set out to return Bugatti to its former glory. He started by establishing Bugatti Automobili SpA in October 1987. The next year, he built a state-of-the-art facility and then, for the next four years, he and his team worked on Bugatti’s next supercar. In 1991, on Ettore Bugatti’s 110th birthday, Artioli unveiled the EB110. Six months later, in 1992, Artioli took another step toward restoring Bugatti’s name by releasing the EB110 GT Super Sport. The GT features a new ECU and relied on larger injectors and a less restrictive exhaust system to boos horsepower by 60 bhp, coming to a grand total of 610 horsepower. They also chopped the weight by over 150 kg by using aluminum panels and carbon Kevlar panels. These upgrades had their effect on performance. The Super Sport hit 0 to 100 in just 3.26 seconds. Its official top speed as an incredible 355 kilometers per hour. The Super Sport competed in the GT1 category of the 1994 24 Hours of Le Mans—the first time in 55 years that a Bugatti had competed in the race—and qualified with the fastest time in its class. Only 30 production models of the Super Sport were produced, making it a rare example of automotive history.

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