These days, everything needs to have more than one purpose. Our cell phones double as date books and mini-computers for access to our emails, our televisions sets now have the ability to become a fully-stocked video rental shop, and even our refrigerators can come with digital calendars and photo albums. With all of our technology expanding their range of use, it seemed only natural for industrial designer, Amadou Ndiaye, from Montreal, Canada to come up with a Bugatti concept that served its own dual purpose as well.

The Bugatti Altess Concept is more than just a car; it’s actually two cars in one. The first variation of the vehicle is a fully enclosed grand tourer that, with a few adjustments, can be transformed into a hardcore gentleman’s racer where the driver and passenger sit in the open air with only a small windscreen for protection. This transformation is achieved by removing the hood, roof, windows, and rear quarter panels and replacing them with a lightweight single-piece panel that allows to the sun to stream right in. A discreet spine bisects the car to keep it intact during the removal and addition of parts. The design for the concept was inspired by the 1930s Bugatti Atlantic, which was considered the most beautiful pre-war vehicle.

The process for transformation is kind of cool, as is having both a coupe and a roadster in one model, but as for seeing it in production form, that’s just not going to happen.


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  (570) posted on 08.26.2011

Well, I have to say that I’m really impressed with the figure performance of the vehicle. It seems faster in terms of 0-60 mph.

  (594) posted on 08.26.2011

Its just sad this is still a concept. I would say that the speed performance of the car is not that impressive. I want to see a more functional production.

  (518) posted on 08.4.2011

Well, the good thing about the Bugatti was they never throw a single concept. For this car, I bet it has a great chance to be in the production, but it will take time for they need to find a possible dealer for this car! 

  (359) posted on 08.4.2011

The concept of the car is quite different from the other car concept! I think this is the first time that I have seen this kind of car.. The Sang Bleu and Sang Blanc were already lined up for production. I think soon we can see this car running down in the road! 

  (613) posted on 08.2.2011

Correct! This concept is quite interesting but I think with the current production of vehicle today I don’t think that there’s any vehicle that worthy to be the competitor of the Altess.

  (502) posted on 08.2.2011

Well, I really don’t think that they have time to make this production for they are busy with the Galibier. I have read that they set a target sales date for this car before 2012.

  (446) posted on 07.19.2011

This concept is kind of unique actually this is the first time that I have heard about a dual purpose vehicle. I’m not sure about the speed performance of the car but I think it would be less powerful.

  (463) posted on 07.19.2011

Come to think that this car would be a dual purpose and it was convertible. I bet the speed performance would suffer. BTW, I think this car worth twice as a regular Bugatti!

  (434) posted on 07.5.2011

@Martin DJo I think they already have that one into consideration, so they would likely be designing the panels to be much easier to use. Though what I am more concerned of is the price.

  (359) posted on 07.5.2011

Well, this design study is literally futuristic. The design looks more an advance theme of Buggati Veyron. I hope this car will also bring a high performance like the Veyron.

  (448) posted on 07.4.2011

Well, that one would definitely be a good idea, but the only problem that I see about this one is that it would be too troublesome to switch the panels everytime.

  (858) posted on 07.4.2011

It’s just to know that this pre-war vehicle will be just a concept car! The transformation process of the car is quite impressive though I have a feeling that it will be pricey if ever!

  (474) posted on 07.4.2011

I have a doubt if this car can run like a rocket speed with its "transformation". I bet the duo features of this car definitely adds weight that affects the performance of this car.

  (488) posted on 07.4.2011

I think I am starting to like the whole idea of this one. Maybe they can actually expand this more and come up with other panel sets that would change the car into other designs.

  (714) posted on 07.1.2011

Pretty neat looking concept. And I actually like the idea of just switching the panels to effectively become a new car. But if I can recall correctly, that one has already been tried before.

  (762) posted on 07.1.2011

Yeah for sure! The glass rooftop reminds me of a electric car. However, the exterior seems to be less detailing and I think it would be better if they keep this as a concept.

  (429) posted on 07.1.2011

hmm. I don’t like the design of this car it seems so odd. And compared to the other model of the Bugatti this one doesn’t have any appeal for me. I’m sure this car doesn’t have any chance to be passed a production version.

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