Bugatti has developed shapes, parts and workmanship virtually from scratch over a period of just under a year. As with all rear-body models, key elements of the Centodieci’s interior are customized, including armrests, door panels, tunnel overlays, sill trims, headliner, floor mats, rear panel and seats. With the tried-and-tested Bugatti Sport Seat as the primary structure, the developers created a new surface with a new look and feel. “The seat looks different yet familiar,” says Dirk Bohr, Bugatti’s in-house development engineer, responsible for Centodieci’s interior design. The headrest features either an embossed EB logo, as the original model did, or – depending on the customer’s wishes – a custom name or logo, including alternatively in high-quality embroidery. It takes about 16 weeks to finish inside. Experts only need more than four days to produce a high-quality headrest pattern, cut the leather to size, and assemble everything with precision. Then they set aside a day to examine the bench thoroughly.
As always with the Bugatti, the particular challenge is creating the many details such as the typical Centodieci pattern on the seats, headliner, door panels, center console and floor mats. Delicate quilting creates a checkerboard effect and is designed to look uniform and textured. “It’s very difficult to achieve because of the bends and radii,” Dirk Bohr explains. In addition, all parts should ideally join with the same pattern to create a single harmonious entity. For example, the door insert smoothly flows into the instrument panel and the steering column edges are visually combined with the head of the steering wheel. The structure of the door panels and seats continues all the way up to the floor mats. Thanks to cutting-edge technology, the lettering and stitching look very interwoven and create a captivating overall impression. Aluminum badges with Centodieci soft laser engraving are located on the door sill and armrest panels.
“Newly developed vehicles like the Centodieci present a huge challenge, even with only a few of the ten vehicles we have to meet and we also want to go beyond the same quality and safety standards that apply to series production cars,” says Dirk Bohr. To that end, engineers tested the Centodieci prototype in extreme temperatures and extreme cold, putting the super sports car through more than 50,000 kilometers of endurance tests. In addition to the durability of parts and accuracy of fit, development drivers also pay attention to acoustics. No parts should cause unwanted noise. Our customers expect an exclusive and very high-quality interior. We appeal to all of the senses – design, look, feel, acoustics and even the sense of smell. Bugatti fans will immediately see the similarities between the EB 110 and the Centodieci,” says Jörg Gromer.
With the EB 110, Bugatti developed an incomparable super sports car in the 1990s under the leadership of Romano Artioli. Its 3.5-liter V12 engine with four turbochargers makes 611 horsepower, its power is transmitted to the road via all-wheel drive, and passengers are seated in a lightweight monoblock. The EB 110 accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in just 3.3 seconds and could reach a top speed of 351 km / h – a world record for a production car at that time. The EB 110 left the factory with an ultra-modern interior. Only the finest materials have been used, including leather from Italian furniture maker Poltrona Frau. Each vehicle is meticulously assembled by hand. The EB 110 was a milestone in the revival of the Bugatti brand in 1998 at the company’s historic headquarters in Molsheim. It not only represents the second era of Bugatti’s 110-plus-year history, but also laid valuable foundations for the further development of the brand and the first super sports car in automotive history, the Veyron.
With Centodieci, designers working under Bugatti Design Director Achim Anscheidt have successfully transformed the EB 110’s ultra-flat, wedge-shaped, nearly two-dimensional body into a modern 3D automotive sculpture, thus bringing the magic of a super sports car from the past into the present.
All ten Bugatti Centodieci cars, which have a net unit price of eight million euros, were sold out within hours. Deliveries of the first extremely exclusive, handcrafted cars will begin in a few weeks.