Bugatti is an automobile company that has its roots in both France and Italy. Bugatti produces exclusive cars, and has become famous for designing some of the fastest cars on the planet. Despite this, the company had humble beginnings. Like many of its contemporaries, it failed to gain a large market share during the second world war. However, the company begin to become associated with the Volkswagen Group. The founder of the Bugatti was Ettore Bugatti, who was born in Italy. Bugatti itself was founded in Molsheim. By the 1930s, the company was building up a great reputation for its high end engineering capabilities.
Bugatti cars won a number of important races, and some of these included the Monaco Grand Prix and Grand Prix motor racing. In addition to this, Bugatti cars also emerged victorious at numerous 24 hours of Le Mans events. When it comes to design, Bugatti cars can be compared to a work of art. Unlike many car companies at the time, Bugatti didn't simply focus on the mechanical aspects of their vehicles. They worked hard to create cars that were pleasing to the eye, as well as practical. Ettore Bugatti was well known for the dislike he showed to his customers. Bugatti also felt that weight was the bane of car.
While the engines produced by the company were relatively small, they generated tremendous amounts of power. The standard Bugatti engine would generally have three valves for each cylinder, and many of the engines were stronger than usual. After spending some time studying American vehicles, Ettore decided to use a dual overhead design for the shaft. In addition to cars, Bugatti also designed railcars, and even an airplane. However, the airplane was never tested, and Ettore Bugatti's son was skilled while testing a car in 1939. By the beginning of the second world war, Bugatti began to loose money. The company would eventually lose control of the Molsheim factory.
However, this was only the beginning of the company's woes. Despite the fact that Ettore planned on building a new factory in Paris, he died in 1947. In the wake of the company founder's death, the future of the company was in question. After taking control of the company, Roland Bugatti worked towards making a comeback during the 1950s. He would do this by the introduction of the mid engined Type 251 car. Despite the fact that he had help from big names such as Maserati, Ferrari, and Alfa Romeo, the car failed to become a success.
The fortunes of Bugatti begin to turn around when the company was purchased by Romano Artioli in 1987. Artioli founded Bugatti Automobili SpA. The first new car to be offered by the company was the Bugatti EB110 GT, and it was the most advanced supercar at the time. By 1993, Artioli would purchase Lotus and bring the two companies together. Volkswagen AG was given the right to sell cars with Bugatti by 1998, and the company begin to gain a higher level of popularity.