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Raise your hand if you still think that 1992 is ten years ago. Let’s face it, we have no idea how all those years have passed by, and yet, they have been almost thirty.
Let that sink in.
In terms of car technology, thirty years are eons, so when we look at the Bugatti EB110 SS (Super Sport), it is mind-blowing how it is a supercar even by today’s standards.
If we read the brochure, we see that it had 602 hp, about 60 more than the “standard” version, and it was 150 kg (330 lbs) lighter too. 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.2 seconds, for a top speed of 355 km/h (221 mph).
To put it into perspective, a first-generation Lamborghini Aventador has a 6.5L V12 (vs 3.5L of the Bugatti), it produces 690 hp and covers the 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds, but it has a top speed of 349 km/h (217 mph), and we aren’t taking into consideration how also the tires have improved in twenty years.
Well, numbers aside, we think it is more important to understand the context in which the EB110 SS came to life. We all know how it ended, with Artioli’s dream interrupted abruptly in 1995 (and still to this day there are speculations on who was behind the bankruptcy), but most people forget that even today’s Bugatti, under ownership of Volkswagen, the largest car manufacturer group in the world, is losing money even if each car sold fetches millions of dollars.
That’s because Ettore Bugatti has always raised the bar, his cars were engineering masterpieces and artwork at the same time. It had a token on his company, and the same fate was shared by other Bugatti owners after him.
The Italian entrepreneur Romano Artioli acquired the brand in 1987 and paid the right homage to Bugatti when he created something so far ahead of its time that it took no less than twenty years to be matched (at least in terms of performance), and he had to give all he had to realize it.
He set up production in the famous Blue Factory in Campogalliano, in the heart of the Italian motor valley, and he brought in skilled engineers and mechanics from top manufacturers, Lamborghini in particular.
The main problem is that today there are too many regulations, whilst the EB110 SS is only limited by the human imagination.
If Ettore were alive in 1992, he probably would have approved the EB110 SS. We are not so sure about the Veyron and so on…