Bugatti’s revival is one of the most notable automotive stories of the 21st century. Aristocratic, artistic and more than a little mysterious, Bugatti It was a pre-war marque that perfected luxury, design and motorsport, creating Grand Prix winners and, in early 1930s form, arguably the most luxurious car ever built. Type 41 Royal. Then it faded away.

It was the late Ferdinand Piech, the obsessive leader of the Volkswagen Group, who bought the rights to the name and brought the brand back to glory with the 2005 Veyron and its successor, the Chiron. The Super Sport version of the latter remains the fastest production car in the world, having achieved a top speed of 304.773 mph in the hands of race driver Andy Wallace on a German test track in 2019.

How do you follow that, especially in a 2,000 horsepower world electrical Super cars Have expectations been comprehensively rearranged?

As fate would have it, Bugatti is now under the control of the Croatian EV company Rimacas a result of a Complicated Contra Deal 2021 With Volkswagen and Porsche. So it would be right to wonder what kind of cameo Matej Rimac will create for the 114-year-old French legend.

The result is the Tourbillon, a hybrid super-coupe that sees Bugatti looking a hundred years forward as much as it recalls its storied past – but not in the ways you might expect.

The Tourbillon is Bugatti’s latest hybrid hypercar, and the first car to reveal Rimac’s influence on the manufacturer.

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“Icons like Type 57SC Atlanticfamous for being the most beautiful car in the world, Type 35the most successful racing car ever, and Type 41 Royal“It is one of the most ambitious luxury cars ever, and provides our three pillars of inspiration,” says Rimac. “Beauty, performance and luxury shaped the outline of the tourbillon. A car that was more elegant, more emotional, more luxurious than anything before it. And just like the icons of the past, they will not only be for the present, or even for the future, but Forever-forever.”

Yes, it’s safe to say that Bugatti is very excited about its new creation and is looking forward to the green lawns of Pebble Beach or the Villa d’Este conference events a century later, positioning its new supercar as high-tech and awe-inspiring. As a clever response to built-in obsolescence.

Bringing back this amazing all-electric Rimac knife Nevera Hypercar It was certainly an option, but Rimac respects Bugatti’s history enough to know that would never fly. “So I came up with a proposal to make a completely new car,” he says. He’s come a long way since he was the only employee Rimac Back in 2009.

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The name Tourbillon will be familiar to its followers High quality watchmaking. Rather than paying homage to a former Bugatti racing driver – as in the case of Pierre Veyron and Louis Chiron – the new car refers to the most elaborate mechanism in watchmaking, a wrist machine whose complexity resists the effects of gravity in order to maintain the most accurate timing possible.

The steering wheel of the new Bugatti Tourbillon revolves around the fixed central instrument cluster.

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Bugatti’s designers and engineers were seduced by the idea of ​​mechanical immortality when they were envisioning the new car, and so Tourbillon largely rejects the large digital touchscreens inside in favor of machined components and an all-analog skeleton instrument cluster (another reference to the world of watches) – although the small display does slide into Display location if you want, for Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

The set consists of more than 600 parts, uses titanium, sapphire and sapphire in its construction, and stays in place allowing the steering wheel to move. Spin around. Two needles on the central dial display the engine revolutions and speed. On the left are analog readouts for battery and oil temperature; On the right is a display showing the power drawn by the electronic motors and the motor.

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