The Bugatti EB110- A Supercar Nearly Lost in the History Books
Today, the Bugatti name is most closely associated with 1,000+ hp Veyron. But for those enthusiasts’ well versed in the ways of Bugatti, you should well know that in 1991, four years after the Italian entrepreneur bought the rights to the classic French nameplate, the 553-hp Bugatti EB110 GT was the first new car the automaker had rolled out in nearly 50 years. Slated as one of the most technologically advanced supercars ever made, the EB110 featured a 3.5L quad-turbocharged V12 good for the aforementioned 553-hp and top speeds well over 200 mph. In true Bugatti fashion, engineers knew that they could somehow squeeze even more power out of the already boisterous engine, thus, giving birth to the potent EB110 SS (or, supersport).
Taking the stock V12 and upgrading it by 50 horsepower, the SS was capable of 603-hp, a 0-60 time of only 3.2 seconds, and a top speed of 216 mph. Of these special editions, only about 30 were said to ever be produced. Through the use of lightweight carbon fiber materials ranging from the body panels to the chassis, the EB110 found its way stateside in races such as the 24 Hours of Daytona, and even had a reserved parking spot in former F1 world champion Michael Schumacher’s garage. The 110 ran in production for only about three years after faulty business decisions, including the purchase of Lotus, landed the Bugatti company in bankruptcy yet again. So, while the current Veyron has found itself among formula one world champions and hip-hop moguls alike, it comes only second to the nearly forgotten EB110 that slingshot the Bugatti brand into the world record books. PHOTOS: See more of the Bugatti EB110