Bugnotti vs Bugatti Vintage Concept CarBy
Delahaye’s “Bella Figura” Bugnotti Coupe new Carbon Fiber bodied car inspired by the classic 1937 Type 57S, this is not a real Bugatti. It is a tribute to Ettore’s son Jean. During Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance week in Monterey, CA 2010 reaction to the design was totally positive and reaction to the Carbon Fiber finish was overwhelming.
DESIGN: Inspiration for the design of a stretched, modernized Type 57S BUGNOTTI came from several sources. It evolved over a one year period. Several factors that also came into play included an illustration of a Gangloff bodied coupe built in the 1990′s by an avid Bugatti collector from old drawings.
Also it was Ralph Lauren’s incredibly beautiful 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Gangloff bodied Drophead Coupe, which was designed by Ettore Bugatti’s son Jean.
The stunning Gangloff Drophead had a dramatic influence on the shape of the rear 25% of the body. It will be offered to a customers a choice of two decklids, one with an externally mounted spare tire, and a second with a smooth decklid with a raised dorsal fin. Rear fender skirts are another option, or the rear wheelwell can be open, fully exposing the tire and wheel.
FULL SIZED BUCK: Our initial plans called for CNC cutting a buck for the molds from high density foam. We digitized our rough rolling buck at ADVANCED VEHICLE ENGINEERING in Brighton, MI and
the surface data was developed from Steve Wilkonski and Leonard Hayden of REVOLUTION DESIGN STUDIOS in Royal Oak, MI. For budget reasons, it was reverted to the hand-shaped approach. Doug and Scott Groh of 3G SERVICES in Taylor, Michigan are transformimg it into a smooth, finished buck.
TOOLING: When the buck is completed, 3G SERVICES will then cast the tooling, making molds to manufacture the bodies using the state of the art vacuum infusion process.
CARBON FIBER or FIBERGLASS BODIES: The bodies will be offered in three finishes. First, with a highly polished clearcoat on top of several layers of carbon fiber with additional layers of composite cloth behind that. This will be ”carbon fiber appearance” as you will be able to see the weaves of the fiber. Then it is a gel coat finish with a combination carbon fiber and composite body that can be painted the color of the customer’s choice. Finally it’s a lower cost gel coat and all composite body that can be painted the customer’s color choice.
CHASSIS: Brent VanDervvoort of FAT MAN FABRICATIONS of Mint Hill, NC is building a chassis specifically designed for the Bugnotti. Front suspension choices will range from Bugatti-style beam axle with eliptical springs to a more modern, conventional upper and lower control arm front suspension. Chassis prices will be forthcoming shortly.
“TURNKEY” COST: At this time its “guesstimate” delivering an alloy bodied “turnkey” Bugnotti Coupe with late model powertrain (choie of engine), AC/PB/PS/PW, at about $450,000. A “carbon fiber appearance” bodied turnkey should be in the $250,000 range, or a painted body for approximately the same.
BUGNOTTI roadster, a sports car that does not pretend to be a Bugatti, but pays homage to this great marque as well as the incredible styling of Figoni, Leamy, Gardner and Buehrig.
The careful rubbing and loving of the body surfaces to make it mirror smooth was turned over to Brian Butler of Greenwood, DE. His EAST COAST RESTORATION & COLLISION team did the paint and bodywork using RM black and 5335 Glamour clear. The resulting superb finish shows that classic “black is back.”
One side of the car is decorated with the thin stainless trim, but the opposite side of the car has a large pair of pumpkin seed shaped fender skirts. They were hand formed by PANEL CRAFT of Bethlehem, NH and then the aluminum skirts were then chrome plated (!) by The FINISHING TOUCH of Chicago. Why the non-symmetrical approach? Cook loved both of the designs and figured you could only see one side of the car at a time.
The side spears were similarly made from oval stainless tubing that was carefully shaped. Studs were welded onto the back side of the trim to hold it to the body, and the stainless, including the sculptured megaphone “pipe organ” exhausts, was then painstakingly polished by Chris Wyckoff, Hewitt, NJ
While BUGNOTTI has a lot of unique styling features combined into one car, the singular statement that Cook is trying to convey is the lavish use of polished stainless and chrome plated aluminum exterior body décor. It harkens back to the flamboyant use of brightwork by famed Paris coachbuilders Jacques Saouchik and Guiseppi Figoni.