The Bugatti EB110 was a toy I had as a kid and I need a real one as an adult

The Bugatti EB110 was a toy I had as a kid and I need a real one as an adult

Sadly I don’t have the money to buy one so I reckon this scale model on Amazon is as close as I’ll get to owning one.

I remember having a metal toy version of this car that my granddad brought home for me as a kid and there was only one car model I liked more and that was the Ford Sierra Cosworth that I had for my Scalextric set. So today, sit back, relax and lets learn a little bit more about Bugatti together.



In 1987, under advice from Ferruccio Lamborghini, Italian entrepreneur Romano Artioli purchased the rights to the name of Bugatti and as he was a huge fan of the old company, owning many Bugatti cars, he decided it was time to build one of his very own.

Development of the EB110 began in 1988 and Marcello Gandini was employed as the designer of the car. Gandini was famous for designing the Miura and Countach for Lamborghini among a massive portfolio of incredible cars, one of which is the Alfa Romeo Montreal that I spoke about in an article recently.

The design elements of the car paid homage to the distinctive Bugatti automobiles of the past. The name EB110 is an abbreviation for the company’s founder, Ettore Bugatti and his 110 birthday.


Gandini’s design for the Bugatti 110

Like he had on the Countach, Gandini went with radial angles, a shovel nose and flared rear wheel arches and Bugatti absolutely hated it. Gandini refused to redesign the car and in 1989 he was replaced by Giampaolo Benedini. He softened out the design, moving the air intakes to the bumpers, removing the flared wheel arches and the popup headlamps. Bugatti loved it.

The car would feature a carbon fiber monocoque chassis, active aerodynamics and all wheel drive so this car was way ahead of its time which we will get onto later when I talk about how the car performed.

It did however keep Gandini’s scissor doors, which is understandable, they are amazing.


Now that the design had been completed it was time to move on to the most glorious part of this car and by that I mean, of course, the engine. They put a 3.5 liter V12 engine into the back of the car but this was no normal V12 it was a 60-valve, quad-turbocharged V12 engine fed through 12 individual throttle bodies, powering all four wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. This gave it a massive 553 bph and 451 lb-ft of torque with the Super Sport version pushing this all the way above 600 bhp. This are big figures when you remember this car was released in 1991.


This car was way ahead of its time in 1991 and its performance figures show that. The massively powered and light V12 paired with the carbon fiber chassis and fiber glass body meant that this car could really move. It would do 0-60 mph in just 3.14 seconds and the continue from there on to 220 mph.


Over the course of its five year run 139 of the cars were produced, which is not a bad number for a hand built hyper car and it has left its mark in the history books for all to see. Sadly in 1995 the company fell under hard times as Artioli’s attempt at buying Lotus as well as production of the EB112 (four door Bugatti) had caused the company to go bankrupt.

On the bright side without the EB110 there would likely not be a Veyron or Chiron today.