Finally a Bugatti that’s track-capable!

The Bugatti Divo is a track-focused version of the Chiron. It’s also the supercar through which Bugatti revived its coachbuilding tradition after seven decades. Although based on the Chiron, the Divo looks significantly different, boasting what appears to be a new design language.

The Divo isn’t Bugatti’s first attempt to turn the Chiron into a better car at the track. The Chiron Sport was the first to bring enhanced dynamics, but the Divo takes everything to a new level with significantly higher performance in terms of lateral acceleration, agility, and cornering. As Bugatti puts it, the Divo "is made for corners."

Just like the Chiron, the new supercar is named after a famous Bugatti racing driver. This time around, it’s Albert Divo - a two-time winner of the Targa Florio race on the mountainous roads of Sicily in the late 1920s. Unlike the Chiron, which is limited to 500 units, the Divo will be built in only 40 examples. Let’s see what makes it special.

  • 2019 Bugatti Divo
  • Year:
    2019
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    W16
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    1479
  • Torque @ RPM:
    1180
  • Displacement:
    8.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    2.5 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    236 mph
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • Purpose:
  • body style:
  • Overall:
    7.5/10

2019 Bugatti Divo Exterior

  • New headlamps and taillights
  • Heavily revised bumpers
  • Extreme aerodynamics
  • Aggressive side skirts
  • Bigger rear wing
  • Menacing looks
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I’ll be honest and admit that I expected the Divo to be just a slightly more aggressive version of the Chiron. More like the Vision Gran Turismo, but with less aggressive aerodynamics. I was wrong. The Divo is a significant departure from the Chiron.

Not only it's nearly as aggressive as the Vision Gran Turismo concept, but it also sports a massive amount of new design cues. No wonder it doesn't have a "Chiron" badge.

Granted, you can still tell that it’s based on the Chiron, but Bugatti obviously spent a lot of time designing the Divo. The front looks brand-new, with only the V-shaped hood somewhat similar to the Chiron. Everything else is different, starting with the headlamps that ditched the quad-lamp design. Instead, Bugatti mounted extremely thin lights at the edges of the fascia. The horseshoe grille is wider and goes all the way down to the splitter, which is also bigger and spawns two vertical fins to the sides.

The Chiron’s boring side vents, which are rather small and have a rectangular shape, were replaced by much bigger openings. This new bumper provides higher downforce and sends more air to the brakes. More vents can be seen in the front hood, as well as between the V-shaped lid and the front fenders. The latter also sports louvers above the wheels, just like a full-fledged race car.

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The Divo’s profile has very little in common with the Chiron.

The trademark C-shaped element created by the roof, rear fenders, and side skirts around the doors was revised dramatically.

It’s still there, but it’s much smaller now and includes only the upper half of the door. Down below, the side skirts boast big vertical fins at the front and new air intakes to the rear. The rear fenders were revised too, while the rear decklid and rear overhang seem shorter. Bugatti also created special, lighter wheels for the Divo.

The roof of the Divo has been designed to form a NACA air duct. In combination with the engine hood, the roof helps send a very high air mass flow to the drivetrain for enhanced cooling. Which brings us to the rear, where Bugatti redesigned every since inch of the fascia. Arguably the biggest upgrade is the height-adjustable wing that functions as an air brake when turned forwards and is set to different angles for the individual driving modes. The new wing is 23 percent wider than the Chiron’s at 72 inches.

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Further below we can see a new taillights design. Integrated into the rear grille, it’s made from several 3D-printed fins. A total of 44 of these fins light up, forming the light pattern of the Divo. At the outer edge, the fins become wider, creating a more intensive light. Towards the center of the fascia, they are narrower, resulting in gradual fading of the light. Pretty cool!

The bumper is a radical departure from the Chiron. There are massive vents toward the sides and a wider diffuser developed with greater efficiency in mind. Four tailpipes placed in the middle complete the look.

All these changes help the Divo produce 1,005 pounds of downforce, an extra 198 pounds compared to the Chiron.

The use of lighter materials such as the wheels and some body panels also contribute to the Divo’s 77-pound lighter curb weight.

Needless to say, the Divo looks fantastic and you can tell it’s more agile at the track just by looking at it. Bugatti finally ditched the potato-on-wheels appearance that plagued both the Veyron and the Chiron. Hurray for that!

2019 Bugatti Divo Interior

  • Not so many changes
  • Highly customizable
  • Deleted storage compartments
  • Thinner insulation
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While the exterior looks almost nothing like the Chiron, the interior is pretty much identical to the supercar the Divo is based on.

And just like in most Chirons, the Divo’s cabin mirrors the exterior when it comes to colors. The Alcantara that covers most surfaces is finished in Divo Grey, as are some of the metal parts, which are glass-blasted, anodized gray. The unique Divo Racing Blue color can be seen on the dashboard, steering wheel, seats, door panels, center console, and headliner.

Only a few features set the Divo apart. First up, the seats have a new design that offers greater lateral support. Second, the steering wheel is partly covered with Alcantara and has larger shift paddles. Third, the center console armrest is larger for improved comfort.

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In order to reduce weight, Bugatti removed the stowage compartments from the center console and door panels. Finally, the French firm used thinner insulation material, also to save weight. It doesn’t say whether the cabin is noisier because of this though.

Just like the Chiron, the Divo's interior can be customized in many ways and even fitted with unique features requested by the owners.

I’m sure we’ll see a few wild features when these cars start rolling off the assembly line.

2019 Bugatti Divo Drivetrain

  • Same engine as Chiron
  • 8.0-liter W-16
  • 1,479 horsepower
  • 1,180 pound-feet
  • 0 to 62 in less than 2.5 seconds
  • Top speed at 236 mph
  • Revised chassis
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Under the Divo’s hood lurks the same quad-turbo, 8.0-liter, W-16 engine from the Chiron.

Bugatti made no changes to the engine, so it delivers the same 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque.

I guess there’s no room for disappointment with that much output available at the push of a pedal, but it would have been cool to get a few extra ponies.

Bugatti doesn’t say if the Divo is quicker from 0 to 62 thanks to its revised aerodynamics, but the chances are that it runs the sprint as quick as the Chiron, which is rated at "less than 2.5 seconds."

A big change comes in the top speed department, with the Divo limited to 236 mph.

That’s a 25-mph decrease compared to the Chiron. Needless to say, Bugatti won’t set any speed records with this car.

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While it’s not quicker to 62 mph and its top speed has dropped compared to the Chiron, the Divo is a much faster car on the race track. According to Bugatti, the Divo lapped the Nardo track eight seconds quicker than the Chiron. That’s because Bugatti focused on improving the car’s cornering dynamics by updating the chassis and increasing the camber. The extra downforce, the more aerodynamic body, the lighter curb weight, and the upgraded brakes also contribute to this. The suspension and steering have also been set to return more direct response and sportier behavior in all models.

However, we still need to see this supercar at work on a race track like the Nurburgring before drawing a proper conclusion.

While it's 77 pounds lighter than the Chiron, the Divo remains heavy for a supercar of this caliber, tipping the scales at more than 4,300 pounds.

For reference, the Koenigsegg Agera RS weighs in at 3,075 pounds, while the upcoming SSC Tuatara tips the scales at only 2,750 pounds. The Divo is nowhere near as light as a track-ready supercar should be. It’s weight is closer to that of BMW 7 Series.

2019 Bugatti Divo Prices

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Pricing for the Divo starts from €5 million in Europe, which is double the amount Bugatti is asking for the standard Chiron, priced from €2.4 million. It’s also a lot more expensive than the Chiron Sport, priced from €2.65 million. But despite the massive tag, all 40 units were sold the day the Divo was unveiled to "a small group of selected Chiron customers."

U.S. pricing information is not yet available, but given that the Chiron Sport retails from $3.26 million here, the Divo likely costs around $6.2 million. Not that it matters with the entire production run already sold out.

The Divo is the most exclusive iteration of the Chiron yet. The supercar will be produced in 500 units.

2019 Bugatti Divo Competition

Koenigsegg Agera RS

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While the Chiron is powerful and fast and thus it can be compared with most hypercars out there, it’s not exactly suited to go against Koenigsegg supercars, which are proper track-ready vehicles. The Divo finally gives Bugatti access to this niche. While the Agera RS is no longer in production, it’s obviously the car Bugatti aimed the Divo at. Sure, it won’t be able to beat the Agera’s 277.9-mph speed record, but it will the Swedish supercar a run for its money on every track in the world. Powered by a twin-turbo, 5.0-liter V-8, the Agera RS has no less than 1,341 horsepower at its disposal. Thanks to its lightweight design, which enables a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio, the Agera RS is astoundingly fast, needing less than 2.6 seconds to hit 60 mph. Only 25 were built, but the Divo’s starting price of more than $6 million should be enough to secure an Agera RS on the used car market. But you’ll have to wait a bit to find one for sale.

Read our full review of the 2015 Koenigsegg Agera RS.

SSC Tuatara

The SSC Tuatara is a 1,750-Horsepower Beast With an Eye on 300 MPH and a Thirst for E85 Exterior
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Bugatti and SSC have been at it since 2007 when the Ultimate Aero stole the world speed record for production cars from the Veyron. In 2010, Bugatti recaptured the flag with the Veyron Super Sport, and SSC disappeared as it began working on the Tuatara. Come 2018, and the Tuatara made its debut in production form, with sales to begin in 2019. While not exactly a track-prepped car, the Tuatara is significantly lighter at 2,750, which recommends it for track duty. Performance is provided by a twin-turbo, 5.9-liter V-8 rated at a whopping 1,750 horsepower when using E85 fuel. Specs aren’t yet available, but the Tuatara should be able to hit 60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds. At the same time, SS claims that its top speed will exceed 300 mph. Pricing info is not yet available, but it will certainly cost less than the Divo. Look for a $2 million price tag for each of the 100 examples set to be built.

Read our full story on the 2019 SSC Tuatara.

Conclusion

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The idea behind the Divo is one that Bugatti should have used more than a decade ago. Specifically, around the same time that it unleashed the Veyron. While it had the immense horsepower rating and the record-breaking top speed, the Veyron sucked as a track car. It was too heavy, it lacked the aerodynamics, and it also lacked the reliability, especially regarding the tires. The Chiron isn’t any different. It’s still massively heavy and it’s only marginally quicker and faster than its predecessor. And while it’s often compared to hypercars from McLaren or Koenigsegg, the Chiron is no match for the competition on the race track.

This is where the Divo comes in to partially fix this problem. I say "partially" because while it has the aerodynamics and the agility, the Divo is still significantly heavier than the competition. A track car shouldn’t weight as much as a full-size sedan, no matter how powerful it is.

But moving on to the good parts, the Divo looks entirely different and it’s much more aggressive. Bugatti ditched the potato-on-wheels look of the Veyron and Chiron and it’s among the best things it did since 2005. Another cool thing is that the Divo revived Bugatti’s coachbuilding program. Again, this is something that should have happened decades ago, when Bugatti returned to the market in the early 1990s. Hopefully, the Divo marks the beginning of a new era. One that will bring proper track cars with Bugatti badges and more bespoke bodies.

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    • * Awfully expensive
    • * Still too heavy!

Further Reading

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Press release

Bugatti President Stephan Winkelmann: “The Divo has significantly higher performance in terms of lateral acceleration, agility and cornering. The Divo is made for corners.”

Sophisticated aerodynamics programme, modifications to chassis and suspension as well as weight reduction make the Divo a star performer on corners

35 kg (77 lbs) lighter than the Chiron

Higher lateral acceleration of 1.6 g

90 kg (198 lbs) more downforce than the Chiron

Maximum speed limited to 380 km/h (236 mph)

8 seconds faster lap time on the Nardò handling circuit

New progressive design language underlines the inner values of the Divo

Divo is the modern interpretation of Bugatti’s coachbuilding tradition

Divo to be homologated as a road vehicle

Strictly limited small series of 40 vehicles already sold out

Net unit price: €5 million

Curtains up for the Divo1. Today, at the exclusive automotive event “The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering“ in Monterey, California, Bugatti has presented its latest model as a world premiere. With the Divo, the French luxury brand has developed a super sports car tuned for agility, nimbleness and optimum handling performance on winding roads. It is powered by Bugatti’s iconic eight-litre W16 engine with a power output of 1,500 PS. The aerodynamics of the model have been intensively fine-tuned and the suspension and chassis settings have been modified. As a result, the Divo is 35 kilograms (77 lbs) lighter and has 90 kilograms (198 lbs) more downforce than the standard Chiron2. The lateral acceleration of the Divo has been boosted to 1.6 g. Its maximum speed is limited to 380 km/h (236 mph). The Divo can lap the Nardò handling circuit in southern Italy eight seconds faster than the Chiron. The series will only consist of 40 vehicles. Upon the start of presentations to selected customers, the strictly limited small series, with a net unit price of €5 million, sold out immediately.

“When I took up my position at Bugatti at the beginning of the year, I soon learnt that our customers and fans were waiting for a special vehicle which would tell a further story for the brand in addition to the Chiron,” said Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. “The Bugatti team was also very eager to implement a project like this.”

It was therefore decided to build a super sports car with a different character from the Chiron which would still be immediately recognizable as a Bugatti.

With the Divo, Bugatti is also reviving its coachbuilding tradition. In its first few decades, the French luxury brand had considerable success with bodies built to its own design and installed on existing chassis.

“To date, a modern Bugatti has represented a perfect balance between high performance, straight-line dynamics and luxurious comfort. Within our possibilities, we have shifted the balance in the case of the Divo further towards lateral acceleration, agility and cornering,” Winkelmann added. “The Divo is made for bends.“

“The feedback from our customers was overwhelming,” the Bugatti President reports. “We showed the Divo to a small group of selected Chiron customers. All 40 cars were sold immediately – this was fantastic confirmation for the Bugatti team which had put so much dedication and passion into the project.”

“The Divo is a further project intended to thrill people and the world,” Winkelmann adds. “Our fans are very important to us.”

The supercar is named after Albert Divo, a French racing driver who was a two-time winner of the famous Targa Florio race on the mountainous roads of Sicily with Bugatti in the late 1920s.

The Divo represents the modern interpretation of the brand’s coachbuilding tradition

“The modern interpretation of coachbuilding gave us engineers new freedom,” says Stefan Ellrott, Head of Technical Development at Bugatti. “The step that we have taken with the Divo in terms of agility and high-performance cornering dynamics can be compared with the overall development from the Veyron to the Chiron.“

A sophisticated aerodynamics programme makes for optimum vehicle cooling and 90 kilograms more downforce.

The aerodynamic properties of the Divo were improved by a considerable amount of detailed work. The front cover is equipped with air intakes which reduce the effective cross-sectional area of the vehicle at the same time as ensuring improved air flow at the front and increasing aerodynamic efficiency. An optimized “air curtain” makes for better air flow over the front and rear sections of the car’s sides.

The newly-designed, wide front spoiler provides higher downforce and guides more air to the front air inlets. The cooling system therefore receives a higher mass flow and overall cooling performance is improved.

The brakes are cooled by four independent air sources on each side of the vehicle: air flows in from the high-pressure area above the front bumper, the inlets on the front wings, one inlet on the front radiator and the diffusers ahead of the tyres. Vanes direct the cold air from these areas onto the brake discs. A heat shield carries the hot air out through the wheels. This means that the brakes do not overheat and the tyre temperature is always kept in the optimum range. This system, which is already used on the Chiron, receives additional support from the vacuum generated by the air curtain on the tyres in the case of the Divo. In addition, the wheel arches are ventilated via slats on the wings.

The roof of the Divo has been designed to form a NACA air duct, a flow-optimized air inlet. In combination with the specially designed engine compartment cover, this ensures a very high air mass flow to the engine compartment, playing a key role in temperature management in this area of the vehicle.

The rear end of the Divo features a new, height-adjustable rear spoiler which functions as an air brake when turned forwards and is set to different angles for the individual driving modes. The rear spoiler has a width of 1.83 metres (72”) and is therefore 23 percent wider than on the Chiron. The wider spoiler improves efficiency and results in higher air brake performance as well as significantly more downforce.

The downforce is also boosted by the rear diffuser which has been entirely redesigned for greater efficiency and accommodates four tailpipes.

The total downforce generated is 456 kilograms, 90 kg more than on the Chiron.

New chassis and suspension settings as well as weight reduction make the Divo a star performer on corners

The main objective of chassis development work was to improve cornering dynamics; the Divo was to be sharper, more agile and more nimble. For this purpose, the camber was increased. As a result the maximum speed of the Divo is limited to 380 km/h. In contrast to the Chiron, there is therefore no Top Speed mode. As regards lateral acceleration, the Divo reaches 1.6 g. These changes alone ensure a perceptibly different driving experience on winding roads.

The steering and suspension have been set to ensure more direct response and significantly sportier driving behaviour in all modes (EB, Autobahn and Handling). The Divo is 35 kilograms lighter than the Chiron. The weight reduction is the result of a number of design modifications including new lightweight wheels and a carbon fibre intercooler cover. Weight was also saved by the fixing of the front diffuser flaps, a reduction in the amount of insulation material used and the installation of a lighter sound system. In order to reduce the weight, stowage compartments on the central console and in the door trims have also been omitted. The Divo can therefore lap the Nardò handling circuit eight seconds faster than the Chiron.

New progressive design language underlines the inner values of the Divo. A new suit of clothes for a new character

“The Divo is a further example of our design philosophy ‘Form follows Performance‘. In this case, the engineers and designers aimed to create a vehicle focusing on cornering speeds and lateral dynamics,” says Achim Anscheidt, Director of Design of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S., describing the design language of the new Bugatti.

“The Divo project was also a welcome opportunity for our team to add a modern chapter to the coachbuilding story of Bugatti which had been so successful in the early years of the brand.”

“Our task was to develop a vehicle which would look different from the Chiron but still be immediately recognizable as a Bugatti,” Anscheidt adds. “For us designers, this meant that the three key style elements of Bugatti had to remain in place: the horseshoe-shaped front grille, the typical Bugatti signature line along the sides of the vehicle and the characteristic fin that defines the longitudinal axis of the car when viewed from above, which was derived from the Type 57 Atlantic.”

The design team continued the evolution of the design elements for the Divo in line with the design brief and reinterpreted the design philosophy “Form follows Performance”. The outer skin of the Divo was designed in an uncompromising way to emphasize lateral acceleration. The main objective was to achieve optimum aerodynamic and thermodynamic efficiency. At the same time, the Divo represents a new styling approach which the design team has developed especially for a coachbuilt Bugatti and which is distinguished from the modern core products of the brand.

The slimmer side line of the Divo helps make the vehicle look lower and longer. The new proportions allow a visual horizontal division of the body, which is reinforced by a special colour scheme. The top, more elegant section is painted with a matt finish in a silver colour “Titanium Liquid Silver” developed especially for the Divo. This effectively underpins the sculptural, muscular form of the car. The long domed areas with their smooth surfaces along the C-pillar and the rear side sections optically shift the driver’s cab forwards. This gives the Divo an extremely dynamic appearance even when the vehicle is standing still.

The lower part of the sides has more of a functional, technical design, reinforcing the car’s forceful appearance and giving it a confident stance on the road. This section features exposed carbon fibre tinted in a petroleum blue shade, “Divo Carbon”, developed especially for this model.

An entirely new architecture was developed for the front of the car. There are additional air inlets for brake cooling. The new, vertically oriented front lights with daytime running light on the outer edge in each case give the Divo an appearance of greater width. With a light opening which is only 35 millimetres (1 3/8“) flat, the extremely compact, lightweight LED headlights move into a new technical dimension. A light animation developed especially for the Divo underlines the distinctive signature of the front end. The horizontal split into a lower carbon and an upper matt silver section also makes the Divo look lower and underlines the optical impression of width.

The NACA air inlet on the roof creates an optical connection with the air outlet in the centre of the front cover and guides the air towards the rear spoiler. The fact that the central line runs from the front over the roof to the rear spoiler is not only a reminiscence of Bugatti’s legendary past but also serves a function. This configuration prevents air eddies from forming over the vehicle, creating turbulence on the rear spoiler.

One highlight at the rear of the vehicle is definitely the new, highly sophisticated 3-D rear light. This is actually part of the rear grille, which is partly produced by a 3-D printing process and has special lightweight fins with a variety of sizes. A total of 44 of these fins light up, forming the rear light of the Divo. At the outer edge, the fins become wider, creating a more intensive light. Towards the centre of the vehicle, they are narrower, resulting in gradual fading of the light. The result is a striking appearance which means that the Divo is also unmistakable from the rear.

The two-tone colour scheme also intensifies the forceful impression created by the rear. The fenders are painted in “Titanium Liquid Silver” with a matt finish and are optically distinguished from the parts which control airflow at the rear end. Air outlets, rear spoiler and diffuser have a carbon finish.

“Divo Racing Blue”, a bright turquoise blue shade developed especially for the Divo, underlines the three-dimensional character of the three surfaces leading to the air inlets and outlets on the front, sides and rear, creating dynamically contrasting effects.

The technical character of the colour scheme and materials used for the exterior is continued in the interior. A matt version of the exclusive high-gloss carbon fibre used on the exterior is to be found in the interior.

The colour effects of the carbon tint and exterior paintwork are reflected on a 1:1 basis by the dark “Divo Grey” petroleum tone of the Alcantara in the interior, providing a subtle contrast with the glass-blasted anodized grey surfaces of the metal parts.

The distinctive “Divo Racing Blue” is also used as an Alcantara leather tone in the interior, where it plays a special role by providing an optical split in the interior surfaces. This colour is used almost throughout the driver’s section while it only provides selected accents in the darker passenger’s section.

Another stylistic link between interior and exterior is created by the door trims and seat areas, which feature an embroidered three-dimensional rhomboid structure with an algorithmic configuration, reinterpreting the structure of the grille and rear lights.

Technical innovations in the interior include the seats, which not only feature a new design but offer greater lateral support. The steering wheel is partly covered with Alcantara and has larger paddles fitted firmly on both sides of the wheel. Thanks to larger armrests and calf supports, the central console ensures greater comfort.

Car named after French racing driver and two-times Targa Florio winner Albert Divo

Albert Divo was born in Paris on 24 January 1895 under the name of Albert Eugène Diwo (he called himself Divo later). After service as a fighter pilot in the First World War, he worked as a mechanic. His career as a racing driver started with Sunbeam and Talbot-Darracq in 1919. He enjoyed rapid success and won the 1923 Spanish Grand Prix in Sitges In 1924, he moved to Delage and entered a number of sprint races in France. In 1926 and 1927, he again raced for Talbot, where he was less successful as a result of problems with an insufficiently mature design. He then returned to Delage but was not entered for any races. When Talbot and Delage retired from racing, Divo joined Bugatti’s works team in 1928. The same year, he won the Targa Florio in Sicily driving a Type 35 B. He repeated this success the following year. He took third place at Spa in 1930. Up to 1933 he entered further races for Bugatti with the Types 51, 53 and 54, as well as hillclimbs with the Types 45 and 47. From 1936, he raced for Delahaye and Talbot. He retired from racing in 1939. Following the Second World War, Albert Divo worked as racing manager for Castrol. In 1962, he was a founder member of the Club International des Anciens Pilotes de Grand Prix F1 in Villars-sur-Ollon (Switzerland). Divo received the Legion of Honour. He then led a withdrawn life and died in Morsang-sur-Orge to the south of Paris on 19 November 1966.

Divo definitely celebrated his greatest success with Bugatti, whose dominance of the Targa Florio started in 1925. The legendary Targa Florio, held on a mountain circuit in Sicily each year until 1977, was certainly one of the most arduous of all the endurance races of its time. Bugatti won the race five times in succession with the Type 35.

Bugatti coachbuilding: factory coachwork made in Molsheim

With the Divo, Bugatti is reviving its coachbuilding tradition. While Ettore Bugatti’s vehicles of the 1920s represented lightweight design and technical innovation, it was his son Jean who made the Bugatti bodies of the 1930s into style icons of their time. To this day, Jean’s creations embody the golden era of French coachbuilding. In their own way, father and son both contributed to the very special myth of the Bugatti marque.

In the mid 1920s, Ettore Bugatti involved his son more and more in the business of the company and it was Jean who developed concepts for Bugatti bodywork, first for the Type 41 Royale and, from 1926, also for the Type 40. Up to that point, two-seater and four-seater sports convertibles and coupés had been made by coachbuilders such as Gangloff or Lavocat & Marsaud. In order to realize his ideas, Jean engaged the services of talented body designer Joseph Walter.

It was Walter who put Jean’s ideas into practice and developed the classical Bugatti coachbuilding tradition with the Grand Sport bodies for Types 40 and 43 through to the Type 57 bodies of the 1930s. For the Type 57, various bodies such as Stelvio, Aravis, Galibier, Ventoux or Atalante could be ordered as factory options. The best-known coachbuilt creations from Bugatti were definitely the streamlined Type 50, the Type 55 roadster and the Type 57SC Atlantic.

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