Photography by Bugatti Trust
23 June 2022
Bugatti pays homage to founder Ettore Bugatti’s daughter L’Ébé with final spectacular units of the Chiron and Chiron Sport for Europe, finished with unique Art Deco style details.
While the Bugatti name is built from the ultimate pursuit of design, performance, and technology, the brand still operates with the same family values as when Ettore Bugatti opened his doors in 1901.
After decades of adapting with ongoing changes within the automotive industry, Bugatti continues to celebrate its historic beginning and the influential individuals that help to shape it into one of the most popular hypercar manufacturers in the world.
Bugatti is proud to unveil a special Chiron collection that pays homage to L’Ébé Bugatti, the daughter and eldest child of Ettore. The exclusive Bugatti series that honours L’Ébé includes three European-delivered, hand-crafted examples, featuring a Chiron and two Chiron Sports designed in-house at the Molsheim factory.
L’Ébé Bugatti, Ettore Bugatti’s daughter and eldest child, was very close to him, like a soul mate. Bugatti is now honoring L’Ébé with a very special small series of three cars. For the final delivery of the Chiron1 and Chiron Sport2 in Europe, Bugatti’s designers developed a Chiron and two Chiron Sport with the name L’Ébé. All three hand-crafted hyper sports cars are bearing unique details in the Art Deco style.
As the eldest child of Ettore and Barbara Bugatti, born in 1903, L’Ébé had more insight into the extraordinary rise of Bugatti than anyone else.
Ettore even chose to hide his own initials EB in her first name, so L’Ébé would not have to forgo the Bugatti surname even after marriage.
In her later book, The Story of Bugatti, a biography of Ettore, L’Ébé gave invaluable details into the history of the brand and her father. Now, L’Ébé also becomes an important part of Bugatti history. The Chiron and Chiron Sport L’Ébé draw inspiration from her love of Art Deco style.
Chiron’s character lines are mostly echoed in the famous Bugatti Type 57 G Tank that won Le Mans in 1937 – here on the L’Ébé, those lines are accented in gold, shimmering against the exposed blue-tinted carbon body. Gold highlights also adorn the EB badging, the famous horseshoe grille and parts of the 8.0-litre W16 engine cover. Even the wheels come with an understated gold tint.
L’Ébé’s signature logo hides subtly on the underside of the retractable rear spoiler, as well as on the treadplates and hand-stitched into the headrests of the seats. The cabin subtly mirrors the exterior, with exposed blue-tinted carbon visible throughout and a light versus dark theme, hinting at L’Ébé’s dark blue body and gold highlights.
The door panel on the driver’s side is finished predominantly in Silk leather with Lake Blue highlights. The passenger’s, meanwhile, reverses the colour scheme. Each door panel features a motif of the visual evolution of Bugatti’s most iconic cars, from early Grand Prix racers through to EB110, Veyron and Chiron. L’Ébé’s numerous bespoke touches perfectly showcase Bugatti’s limitless creativity and craftsmanship when it comes to exclusive tailor-made projects.
Christophe Piochon, President of Bugatti Automobiles, said: “L’Ébé Bugatti’s biography of her father consists of numerous diary entries by Ettore himself, letters from his early employees, customers, business partners and her own experiences. It helps a lot to understand Ettore’s personality, his goals and the appreciation everyone had for him and his products.
“With this knowledge, we could transmit the Bugatti DNA into the present time, maintaining the essence, grade of perfection and quality standards up to this very day. Through this unique configuration and use of her name for the final Chiron and Chiron Sport, we wanted to honour L’Ébé with the status she deserves in our brand’s history.”
The Bugatti Chiron, introduced to the world in 2016, was the first production car to deliver 1,500 PS of power, creating an entirely new sector of hyper sports car performance. Its 8.0-litre W16 quad-turbocharged engine, advanced four-wheel-drive system and lightweight chassis set new standards not just for acceleration, top speed and handling but also for comfort, usability and reliability.
It has since become the template for a number of different evolutions of the Bugatti hyper sports car, including Chiron Sport, Chiron Pur Sport and Chiron Super Sport. The three exclusive Bugatti Chiron L’Ébé mark the end of Chiron and Chiron Sport in Europe. The Chiron L’Ébé and a Chiron L’Ébé Sport have already been delivered and the third model will be delivered by the end of June.