Sunday, October 5, 2014

1999 Bugatti 18/3 Chiron Concept

Bugatti's Veyron supercar project started with the ItalDesign 18.3 Chiron prototype of early 1999, this car made its debut at that years Detroit Motor Show. A hugely exotic mid-engined supercar with an awesome W18 engine and exquisite styling – it unsurprisingly stole all the headlines. Finished in ubiquitous French Racing Blue, the Chiron was the third exercise ItalDesign undertook for VW since the German firms acquisition of the marque, previous EB118 and 218 prototypes having been lavish super-saloons before Ferdinand Piech commissioned the worlds ultimate supercar. A superbly executed one-off, the Chiron was a stunning creation, a very clean design and Bugatti through and through. (

Like Bentley BY816 Hunandieres, the mid-engined concept car is based on Lamborghini Diablo VT. Only one has been made so far. Not only is the design extreme, so is the engine. The engine is from the EB 118 and EB 218, a powerful W18 that produces over 550 hp. (

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