It's a first for the Molsheim-based hypercar producer.
The Bugatti Chiron is a spectacular masterpiece of engineering and design in any form, but Bugatti continually finds ways to wow us with new interpretations of the car. Sometimes, these new interpretations become unique new models, while on other occasions, Bugatti will simply show off the stunning specifications selected by certain buyers.
One of the most recent is the Chiron Le'Ebe, a magnificent tribute to Ettore Bugatti's only daughter. The car (one of only three L'Ebe models) was revealed earlier this month as a way to commemorate the end of European-spec Chiron production, and the unique spec saw exposed blue-tinted carbon fiber accented by gold highlights. What we didn't know at the time is that these highlights include real 24-karat gold.
This is the first time that Bugatti has applied such a finish to a car and "it is also the first time that the famous Bugatti emblem [known as the Macaron] has ever sparkled in high-quality gold on the horseshoe grille."
Bugatti goes on to remind us that just three handmade hypercars will bear a Macaron in this unique design, which is "inspired by the Art Deco style of the 1920s."
To achieve this, Bugatti partnered with Bavarian minting and embossing company Poellath GmbH & Co. KG. Astonishingly, the gold Macaron took a full five years to develop. Remember, this precious metal is extremely soft and difficult to work with, so it's understandable that "extensive research and laboratory testing, numerous experiments, and passionate attention to detail" were required to make this a reality.
This golden emblem is based on the solid 970 sterling silver Macaron that is typically applied to Chiron models. This is nickel-plated over a lengthy process, with the nickel serving as "the foundation and corrosion protection for the gold finish which is subsequently applied." A thin layer of gold (measuring between three and four micrometers) is expertly applied and then polished to a mirror finish. This mostly manual process takes over ten hours to complete.
In addition, the front horseshoe's decorative trim and the "EB" emblems on the gas and oil caps and the rear of the car have all been given a gold finish. Bugatti says the sheer size of the horseshoe was the biggest challenge, but as you can see, the gold was applied flawlessly.
As impressive as this is, we're sure that Bugatti will find a way to make even this seem ordinary. We can't wait to see how.