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1994 Rinspeed EB110 Cyan Concept

At the time, when Ettore Bugatti created his revolutionary machines, he was cooperating very closely wîth various coach workers in France and abroad. This for a good reason, as the specialized companies helped to create individual and customer specific looks and functions. This is why that many of the renown Bugattis share the same technical specifications, but have a different look.

This traditional of the beginning of the automotive are the base of the world novelty presented by the famous Swiss customizing company RINSPEED DESIGN, located in Zumikon near Zürich

The RINSPEED BÚGATTI 'CYAN'


Whereas in early years the coachbuilders were the tailors for automotive desires und individual wishes, today the car customizing companies have taken these tasks over.

On the base of the just introduced Bugatti EB 100 GT, RINSPEED DESIGN continues the old tradition. The striking blue color, defined as 'Bugattti-blue' or 'bleu-de-France', already distinguishes this sporty, but still elegant dream car.

The body has been modified and redesigned: the front skirt is more aggressive and holds a large air-intake for the radiators. The traditional, horse-shoe shaped radiator form seen on all classical Bugattis, is used as another air-intake for the air-conditioning in the front hood. The ultra modern triplet projector lights are aerodynamically recessed and covered by glass. The rear view mirrors, mounted quite prominently on the original, now follow the flow of the cockpit. The rear mounted air-scoops allow enough air to the tuned engine. The rear wing guarantees plenty of down force and optimal aerodynamic for the top speed of more than 350 km/h. Its middle section is electronically adjusted in its angle in relation to the speed. The newly created rear end of the car, functional in its design, rounds up the compact lines of the EB 110 'Cyan'. For this conceptional vehicle especially, which already has found its buyer and new owner, the Swabian wheel manufacturer BBS has developed new three piece aluminum wheels. As an obvious quality, the bolts, holding the three elements together, are mounted from the rear and therefore are hidden to the eye. The outer rings are polished in a high gloss finish. The dimensions, of the in the classical Bugatti design created wheels, are impressive: 9½ x 18' in the front an 13 x 18' in the rear. The Italian tires producer Pirelli supplies the unusual sizes of the P Zero of 245/40 ZR 18 in the front and 325/30 ZR 18 in the rear.

These Pirelli tires help to put the massive power of the engine to the ground. Instead of the 540hp-GT-engine, the 'Cyan' now has the 600hp engine from the 'Supersport' model installed. The torque is more than imposing at 637 Nm. The exhaust system was redesigned at the rear section by the famous Remus company. The technical data is now of world class: 3.4 seconds from 0 to 100km/h and a top speed above 350km/h.

The interior has been redecorated wîth carefully selected leather. Now, the traditional Bugatti-blue leather covers the dashboard and central console and accentuates the flowing lines of the cockpit. All instrument and console panels are covered by brushed aluminum and show a new trend, but at the same time relate to the traditional material used in the engine compartments of the pre-war Bugattis. These aluminum panels were developed by the Austrian Burg Design company and enhance the 'Cyan''s interior wîth a touch of elegance and sport.

The excellent stereo equipment from Nackamichi satisfies even the most demanding HiFi- and music enthusiasts.

The mobile communication is guaranteed by the pan European hand phone from Nokia. This unit, being just slightly larger than a purse, weights only 197grs. The transmission is not limited to voice but also handles images and data. The mobile installation kit wîth the hand-free set and an additional hand-set completes this unit to a full size car phone. Due to an easy menu guidance and a large display of the Nokia 2110, the use of the smallest and lightest pocket-phone is very simple.

The sales price of the RINSPEED Bugatti 'Cyan' has not yet been determined. However, it is expected to be above sFr. 600'000.- including the fully comprehensive three year's service package, which even includes the tires.

The RINSPEED 'Cyan' was tested by the former Formula One driver and sports car world champion Jochen Mass. Fascinated by the overwhelming power and the sporty looks, he even presented this super car to the television.

Cyan: (phonetic 'sjan') originates from the Greek language and the word 'kuanos', meaning blue. Cyan is used today very often in the printing business indicating the base blue color in the color printing process.

Source - Rinspeed
When Ettore Bugatti died in 1947, the Bugatti Company ceased production. The long, historic, and prestigious lineage of the famous Bugatti Company was no more. That is until 1989 when an Italian entrepreneur named Romano Artioli purchased the rights to the Bugatti name and began automobile production in an area north of Modena, Italy.

To honor Ettore Bugatti, the EB 110 was created. 'EB' was short for Ettore Bugatti. Launched on Ettore's 110 birthday, 09-15-1991, the naming EB 110 was formed. It was first shown to the public at the Grande Arche at La Défense in Paris, France.

The powerplant is one of the most advanced and complex engines ever created while the chassis and design is just as superb. Marcello Gandini of Bertone was tasked with creating a unique and stylish body that would be a modernized tribute to the glorious designs of the past. The result was an aerodynamic masterpiece with a horse-shoe shaped grille and an aluminum body. Aluminum was chosen because of its lightweight but sturdy characteristics. Aerospatiale, a French aviation company, was commissioned to aide in the production of the body, due to the metals being difficult to shape. The body panels were bonded to the carbon fibre monocoque chassis, one of the first road going vehicles to use this design and technique. In the front were push-rod operated shock absorbers while the rear featured dual shock absorbers on each side.

Mounted mid-ship was a 60-degree 3.5-liter V12 with dual overhead camshafts and producing an impressive 550 horsepower. Four IHI turbochargers aided the engine in producing its impressive power. This power was sent to all four wheels, 73% going to the rear, with the help of a six-speed manual gearbox. Zero-to-sixty was accomplished in about 3.6 seconds while top speed was achieved at 209 mph. Ventilated Brembo disc brakes brought this monster to a stop.

The scissor doors were truly exotic. The engine was visible through a glass cover, and the rear wing was speed sensitive. Five pre-production prototypes with aluminum chassis were constructed, followed by eight with composite.

If this wasn't enough, an EB 110 SS version, meaning Super Sport or Sport Stradale, was created. The interior was void of an unnecessary amenities and luxurious. In total, more than 150 kg was stripped from the vehicle. The four-wheel drive system could be replaced with a lighter, rear-wheel drive configuration, decreasing the weight even further. The turbo boost was increased and the compression was dropped to 7.5:1, resulting in a rise in horsepower to around 615. Further modifications set the horsepower rating to as high as 650. Air holes located behind the side windows and seven spoke alloy wheels helped distinguish the standard GT car from the SS.

The Bugatti EB110 SS made an appearance at the 1994 24 Hours of LeMans race. This was their first appearance in 55 years. Positioned in the GT1 class, vehicles with horsepower up to 600, the Bugatti was the fastest during training, outperforming the Dodge Vipers, Porsche Carrera RSR's, DeTomaso Pantera's, and the rest of the competition.

Right before the race, a fuel leak was discovered. Araldite was used to seal the leak but it meant that the Bugatti had to use a half tank of gas for the first couple of shifts. After the Araldite dried, a full amount of fuel could be used. The Bugatti quickly showed its potential, cracking the top-ten. A problem with the turbochargers sent the team scrambling to replace them. The problem was fixed and the Bugatti was back on the track. Near the close of the race a tire failure sent the Bugatti into the barriers and the EB110 SS was forced to retire.

Since that time, the EB110 SS has raced at Watkins Glen, Daytona 24 Hours, and other races. Gildo Pallanca-Pastor drove an EB 110 SS on the frozen sea in Oulu in Finland, in 1995, capturing the World Speed Record on Ice with an speed of 296.3 km/h.

Produced from 1991 through 1995, only 95 GT's and 31 SS's were produced. One of the SS's was purchased by Michael Schumacher. It is unfortunate that the EB110 was introduced just when the supercar market crashed. The $350,000 SS model was expensive but well worth the money. The Bugatti Company was forced to file for bankruptcy while the remaining materials were sold to B Engineering and used for the use of their sports car, the Edonis.

During the close of the 1990's, Volkswagen AG secured rights to the Bugatti name, again reviving the nameplate.

The EB110 is a car Ettore would be proud to wear his name. It successfully captured the lineage of Bugatti and modernized it into a 210+ mph road going sports car. The four-wheel-drive system was heavy, meaning it was not as fast as other supercars of the day. In wet and rainy weather, the EB110 could easily outperform the rest of the class.
By Daniel Vaughan | May 2009
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