Jay Leno Has a Spare Bugatti EB110 Engine

He just had to buy it back in the day, despite lacking the car for it.

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Jay Leno's GarageYouTube

The Bugatti EB110 is one of the greatest supercars ever built, and a very fast testament to Italian engineering and design. The TWR-built Jaguar XJ220 may combine beauty and rawness, the McLaren F1 may be the best car in the world to do it all, but when the EB110 came out, neither Ferrari or Lamborghini had anything on this new Bugatti. And according to its creator Romano Artioli, that's the reason they got sabotaged.

Arioli may go down in history as the father of the iconic Lotus Elise, but he only bought Lotus from GM to help the EB110 find dealers in America. Before that, he built the most unbelievable car factory at Campogalliano, planning for a future that was also supposed to include a Bugatti sedan, and a compact mid-engined sports car.

Having started with a clean sheet, pretty much every component of the EB110 was self-developed, or at least brand new. The 3.5-liter, five-valve quad-turbo V12 engine was Bugatti's own, along with the six-speed gearbox. Buyers got 560 horsepower and 8500 revs, or more.

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Tiny by today’s standards.
Jay Leno's GarageYouTube

Following the aluminum prototypes, the production cars were built around a carbon tub made in France, long before McLaren got the F1's from America. All-wheel drive, Brembo brakes with ABS, central lock wheels, and a leather-wrapped Nardi steering wheel. As you'd expect, EB110s start up with a key sourced from Alfa Romeo.

213 miles per hour, design by Marcello Gandini and Giampaolo Benedini. The EB110 was such an amazing product that despite the business case falling apart after roughly a hundred cars left Campogalliano, when Volkswagen bought the rights to the name, the Veyron's development began with a trio of EB110 test cars, as well as the expertise of EB110 test driver Loris Bicocchi.

Long-time McLaren F1 fan Jay Leno doesn't own an EB110, probably because back at its premier, he found the Bugatti's cabin to be on the tight side for a tall guy. However, he does have a spare quad-turbo engine, yet to be attached to a project. The car has to be worthy.

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