La Voiture Noire 1, a stunning sculpture in all black, is a perfect example of form. The one-off design was made exclusively for a Bugatti fan in just two years. After extensive testing and development, a piece of automotive haute couture will soon be delivered.
Stephan Winkelmann is the President of Bugatti. “With La Voiture noire we have once again demonstrated that we build the most advanced hyper sports cars in the world,” he says. The coupe’s stunning sculpture is made even more elegant by the use of visible black carbon fiber. The Bugatti Grand Tourer is a real grand tourer, which has gone from a vision into a reality. It represents the full artistry and creativity of Bugatti.
In the world of automobiles, the name “La Voiture Noire,” which is derived from Ettore Bugatti’s son Jean, has a special ring. Jean designed and drove the Type 57 SC Atlantic, the perfect car of the time. Jean called his car “La Voiture Noire,” the black one. The car vanished without a trace just before World War II. The vehicle is considered to be the automotive version of the Amber Room. It’s one of the most mysterious mysteries in the automotive industry.
Achim Anscheidt, Design Director at BMW, had the idea of this homage more than 20 years ago. But it took years to make this project a reality. “We were astonished by the idea of creating the La Voiture Noire. The Type 57 SC Atlantic is the only vehicle in Bugatti’s long history to have achieved the same legendary status. It has become synonymous with the Bugatti brand. Achim Anscheidt explains that we had great respect for both the historical responsibility and for our customers.
This black car’s captivating, sculptural, and commanding look will remain unique forever. Jean Bugatti was a master of shapes and created saloons and coupés with dramatic beauty. Jean Bugatti’s Atlantic is a masterpiece. Designers had to go back in time to learn about the car, its creators, technology, materials, and bygone eras. Then, they updated the work for the 21st Century.
A MINIMALIST COUPE WITH IMPRESSIVE BALANCE
La Voiture Noire, a minimalist coupe, is similar to the Atlantic of the past thanks to the reduction of essentials, the reduced lines, and the lack of a large, dominant rear wing. The designers have reinterpreted the spirit and style of the historic vehicle and created a unique shape. The dorsal line down the centerline is one example. Also, there are the clear lines and the romanticism at the back. They created a bodywork that has a unique finish, visible carbon fiber, and a clear called “Black Carbon Glossy.” The result is a bodywork with a special surface finish – visible carbon fiber and a ‘Black Carbon Glossy’ clearcoat. The bumpers blend in with the bodywork, while the windscreen merges into the side windows. It appears that the surface has been cast as a single piece, with no interruptions to the visual flow. The vehicle is transformed from a hypersports car into a grand touring vehicle. By removing the unnecessary and bringing out the beauty and elegance of the surface, a unique sense of drama can be created.
It also boasts some exceptional details. The headlamps have more than 25 milled light elements on each side – a huge amount of work for a single-off. The 3D-printed grille’s cells have been examined and honed to make sure they look great together. A rear light that is elegant and features, for the first time, a one-piece surround without joints dominates the rear. Six tailpipes are a tribute to the well-known vehicle template. The body panels appear sealed but are air-permeable thanks to a newly developed parametric front and rear design. The La Voiture Noire has an incomparable, coupe-like shape.
Bugatti chose Havana Brown grain leather for the entire interior, based on its historical model. The natural leather contrasts with the specially polished and turned aluminum inlays at various locations in the center console and doors. A sophisticated rosewood switch can be used to change the driving modes. The La Voiture Noire, the ultimate dream vehicle for long distances like a drive between Molsheim and Milan, is available. This one-off is a combination of beauty and power, a true declaration of love for automobiles,” says Achim Anscheidt.
Bugatti created the coupe in only two years despite its uniqueness. Each new component had to meet the Bugatti quality and testing procedures. It was also measured and put through its paces repeatedly before it was placed in the vehicle. The wind tunnel, test benches, and test tracks were used to simulate the car at various speeds. The modifications to the bodywork and wheels, as well as cooling, thermodynamics, and wheelbase, create a new balance that requires coordination. The La Voiture Noire was a unique vehicle, but we tested it for two years on a test car to ensure it met all the requirements, including handling and safety.
The new bodywork and extended wheelbase result in new aerodynamics, resulting in further handling that is fit for a grand touring car – powerful, comfortable, and fast. Stephan Winkelmann says, “With La Voiture Noire, we pay our respects for our long tradition in France and Jean Bugatti’s work.” “We are also bringing extreme luxury, exceptional technology, and aesthetics into a modern age. La Voiture Noire is the pinnacle of automotive engineering. It’s a sculptured beauty with unique technology.” A Bugatti enthusiast has already purchased the one-of-a-kind at a price of eleven million euros before tax.