Bugatti's Anniversary Chiron Sport Is a Tribute to the French Tricolor

Limited to 20 units, the “110 ans Bugatti” edition Chiron Sport is as French as it gets.

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Daniel Wollstein

Bugatti is celebrating its 110th anniversary this year, and now, there's a new special edition Chiron Sport to go with those festivities. The “110 ans Bugatti” is a twenty-unit run tribute to France, the country that gave home to Italian-born Ettore Bugatti, and his world-famous factory in Molsheim.

It's important to note that the brand's nationality wasn't really up to Ettore Bugatti. As a young but wealthy industrial designer from Milan, when he began working for the French carmaker Lorraine-Dietric, their factory in Alsace was still under German control. It was only in 1919 when this German-speaking town became part of France, only to be taken over again by the Germans between 1940 and 1944. Ettore Bugatti died in an American hospital near Paris in 1947, unaware that his properties seized by the post-war French goverment were restored to him. His only fault was being born in Italy.

Now, back to the cars!

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What you see above is the first production Chiron Sport, delivered to Qatar just a week ago. It's a tasty combination of vibrant royal blue and gloss black carbon fiber, but the “110 ans Bugatti” Chiron Sport takes blueness and exposed carbon fiber to a whole new level, complete with a healthy dash of “Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge:"

Interestingly, the French tricolor appears as a mirror image on the Chiron's right-hand side, just like it does on the state vehicles of France. The carbon exterior panels are finished in matte Steel Blue "with a sheen like hot-rolled steel" according to Bugatti, while most of the metal parts are anodized in matte black. Behind those "Nocturne" wheels, the massive brake calipers were sprayed French Racing Blue, while the aluminum filler cap is sandblasted and hand-polished, featuring a “110 ans Bugatti” emblem. This can also be specified with a base plate in blue or white. Last but not least, Bugatti also threw in the "Sky View" roof panels, because this car is a celebration of the good life.

Currently led by equally German-Italian Stephan Winkelmann, Bugatti is also attending the annual French classic car expo Rétromobile 2019, displaying a 1932 Bugatti Type 55 and a 1994 EB110 GT along the Chiron's mighty W16 powertrain. Recently, EB110 creator Romano Artioli also visited the Molsheim factory, for the first time since Volkswagen took over in 1998.

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