If you’re like us, when you think Bugatti, you think of the Veyron or Chrion, and you think classy and high-end. Today, it is a well-respected brand in the exotic market but, back in the early ‘90s, the now famed company went through some very rough times.
Some believe just an average decline in sales and bankruptcy was the reason for its liquidation but, per one of the men behind this story, Romano Artiolio, it was supposedly thanks to rival automotive manufacturers and industry sabotage. The real story is (and probably always will be) left up in the air. Romano’s up-and-coming grand beginning of Bugatti’s modern era sadly came to a halting stop back then, but he left behind a legacy like no other: the car that’s being referred to as the “forgotten supercar,” the EB110.
He had set out to create one of the greatest cars at the time — attempting to surpass the successes of Lamborghini and Ferrari’s creations — and that he did. Everyone wanted one, but for good reasons: being all-wheel drive, with quad turbochargers, a full carbon fiber body, and a V12 engine under the hood, they were the some of the fastest and most technologically advanced vehicles in the world. The aesthetic designs and mechanical platforms still play a role today in the development of modern Bugatti vehicles, such as the Veyron.
Once Romano’s management of the EB110 production came to an end, he had created the EB110 street car, the EB110 LM built for for Le Mans, and the EB110 SC GTS-1, which was built for the American IMSA GT championship.
Here’s their story, told by none other than the guys behind their creation.
Davide Cironi, the director of the film, said, “The owner of the two racing cars contacted me a year ago, inviting me to visit him to make this film.”
Cironi goes on to explain the passion behind these nostalgic builds, “Within a few hours [of my arrival], an astonishing series of guests began to arrive on various flights from across Italy: there was Loris Bicocchi, Romano Artioli and Giampaolo Benedini, plus Giampaolo Simonini, Fabio Baroni and Vittorio Filippini – the latter a technician so in love with his work that it was almost poetic.”
“What a gift for a film-maker. We learnt so much, and laughed so much, especially the mechanic Fabio Baroni who, when recalling the challenge of working with Bicocchi to test the cars, doubled over with laughter at the colourful and compelling memories. Even after 20 years, there is a team spirit among these men that gives a powerful flavour of the atmosphere as it must have been in Bugatti Automobili at Campogalliano.”
“We had two short days with these wonderful men, telling their unprecedented story of that magical, never-to-be-repeated time, and now we want to share it with as many enthusiasts as possible.”