The precursor to the Veyron proves it's worthy of the Bugatti name
There are some cars only real car nuts have heard of, and some that bridge the divide into the conscience of the general populace. Take Bugatti, for example. Who hasn't heard of the record-shattering, thousand-horsepower, million-dollar supercar known as the Veyron? Some may have even heard of the old Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, of which only a handful exist and trades in the tens of millions of dollars. But in between the Art Deco era and the modern one, there were other Bugattis made. Well, really only one.
That model was the EB110, born out of a dream held by one Italian "legitimate businessman" named Romano Artioli (who didn't turn out to be so legitimate). The precursor to the Veyron represented the very cutting edge of automotive technology. Its beating heart was a 3.5-liter V12 that, like the Veyron that followed, had four turbos and drove to all four wheels. It also had five-valve cylinder heads and a six-speed manual transmission that handled a mammoth 553 horsepower. But a more powerful EB110 SuperSport followed with over 600 horsepower that was capable of reaching 62 mph in 3.2 seconds and a 216 mph top speed.
That's the version depicted in this video. Its owner took it out to a stretch of farmland and gave it what looks like one hell of a run, smoking its tires and speeding along country roads and typical Bugatti pace. Check it out in the clip below.