If Bugatti Built a Racing Yacht, It Might Look Like This
Across its storied lifetime, Bugatti has gotten two things consistently right – its achingly gorgeous designs and its pursuance of high performance. The cars frankly speak for themselves – Type 46, Type 101, Veyron. But one famous design stands taller than the rest – the Type 57 Atlantic – and it is this stunning shape that inspired UK designer Fraser Leid to give the Bugatti brand some nautical chops. He calls his concept the ‘Bugatti Atlantean Racing Yacht’. In typical Bugatti fashion, it’s no simple machine. RELATED: See More Photos of the Gorgeous 1950 Bugatti Type 101 Coupe
While it would appear to feature one solid hull from the look of its side profile, the design actually utilizes two smaller hulls and a pair of hydrofoils underneath. These would allow the minimalistic Atlantean to ride up and over waves, rather than through them, giving greater credence to the notion that it was designed for speed. The hulls themselves are noted to be formed from fiberglass and reinforced with carbon fiber.
The windscreen and domed cabin have been designed specifically to mirror the Type 57 Atlantic’s rear section, forming one defined curve across the rear expanse of the vessel. The Atlantic’s signature spine? That’s been integrated too via dual fins, one on the rear window and one underneath the waves, both helping to keep the yacht on a straight track while at speed. Inside, there’s room for two with a small living space within the hull.
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Perhaps the only unanswered question may be, “what’s powering it?” The original Type 57 sported a straight-eight engine, while the more recent Veyron came toting a heroic 8.0-liter W16. Imagine the type of speed that 16-cylinder heart could give this striking concept.
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