The French marque made waves two years in the past on the 2019 Geneva Motor Present when it unveiled a one-off hypercar constructed to have a good time its 110th anniversary. It was dubbed, “La Voiture Noire” (The Black Automotive). The automotive that was showcased then was in fact only a design idea, it wasn’t even a working prototype and Bugatti stated then it will require about 18 to 24 extra months of improvement. Since then, little has been heard about this unique hypercar, save for a couple of pictures taken in April, supposedly of the La Voiture Noire being taken on a take a look at drive. Nevertheless, it appears the wait is lastly over as Bugatti just lately posted a collection of images on the model’s Instagram profile which confirmed the automotive parked subsequent to iconic French landmarks. Their ultimate put up alluded to the hypercar’s official launch date on 31st Might 2021.
We lined the Bugatti La Voiture Noire in an earlier post so within the curiosity of time, we’ll briefly cowl a few of the options which make it such an distinctive automotive. The La Voiture Noire takes inspiration from considered one of Bugatti’s most traditionally important vehicles, the Type 57SC Atlantic. Particularly, it was impressed by the second Atlantic ever made, chassis quantity #57453, which belonged to Jean Bugatti, founder Ettore Bugatti’s second son. This particular automotive is the place the fashionable mannequin obtained its identify from.
Two options of the Bugatti La Voiture Noire are instantly harking back to the Sort 57SC Atlantic. The primary is an uncovered fin operating down the centre of the fashionable hypercar, ranging from the hood and subtly becoming a member of the flowing strains of the perforated rear of the automotive. This elegantly echoes the Sort 57SC Atlantic’s legendary dorsal seam. The second characteristic is the exhaust system which consists of six pipes protruding from the rear of the automotive.
Whereas it takes some design cues from the Atlantic, the automotive really makes use of the Chiron as a base and even shares the identical engine, an 8.0-litre, 16-cylinder quad-turbo W16 engine which produces 1479 hp of energy and a 1180 lb-ft of torque. It’ll reportedly exceed the bottom Chiron by way of velocity owing to its lighter weight and superior aerodynamics. With the W16 engine, the La Voiture Noire will go from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 60 mph) in simply 2.5 seconds and have a high velocity of 420 km/h (261 mph).
To assemble the modern black shell that provides the automotive its identify, Bugatti opted for using bespoke carbon fibre. The physique consists of a single piece of the futuristic materials, which contributes to the La Voiture Noire’s decreased weight whereas retaining structural energy. Moreover, the design of the wheels have been up to date since its first reveal in 2019. Based on designer Frank Heyl, the wheels on the ultimate mannequin can be engineered to observe the spokes’ load path and can utilise 3D printing to minimise the fabric used for additional weight discount.
Bugatti has but to launch any particulars relating to the automotive’s inside design, creating an aura round what lies behind the black doorways. It’s reported that the idea car showcased at Geneva had closely tinted home windows because the design had but to be finalised with the proprietor of the car.
As we get nearer to the reveal date of the La Voiture Noire, there have been rumours floating round relating to the as but unnamed proprietor of this one-off hypercar which price a hefty US$18.9 million and over 2 years of devoted, exhausting work. Many consider the proprietor to be both soccer star Cristiano Ronald or Ferdinand Piech, the previous chairman of VW Group. Whoever owns it, we’re positive that they’re in for an actual deal with as soon as Bugatti fingers over the reins. For now, all the remainder of us mortals can do is wait, and set reminders for 31st Might, awaiting the launch of the most costly automotive ever produced to this present day.