The Bugatti EB110 was the most forward-thinking supercar right until the McLaren F1 took away the spotlight and Romano Artioli's company went bankrupt, due to, as the Italian entrepreneur claimed, industry sabotage.
Launched in 1991 to celebrate the 110th anniversary of Ettore Bugatti's birth, the first few EB110s came with a self-developed 3.5 liter quad-turbo V12 fed through twelve individual throttle bodies, producing 550 horsepower at relatively low pressures. Built around the world's first carbon fiber production chassis, the EB110 also came with all-wheel drive, a six-speed manual and a speed-sensitive rear wing.
Later editions got lighter and more powerful, but only the first five EB110 prototypes stayed true to Marcello Gandini's original exterior design. The first of the running mules remains to this day, but the video below is more likely to show what are known as and .
A3 was used for numerous tests and emission level runs, while A4 was built to set up the four wheel drive system and ready various mechanical upgrade for series production.
Seen here somewhere in the Italian Alps are both of these factory cars going absolutely crazy on ice, doing donuts, brake tests, runs up and down a ski slope and towing a regular car. As you do with an EB110, or any Bugatti, really.
The supercar industry in the nineties was sure a lot of fun.