This design study revisits the most successful racing car ever made.
Bugatti has been digging into its considerable back catalog to make exotic new rarities – like the latest Centodieci (reinterpreting the EB110) and La Voiture Noire (inspired by the long-lost final Type 57 Atlantic). So what should it do next?
Looking at these renderings from aspiring Japanese designer Tabito Sugiyama, we'd say the Type 35 would be a good place to start. Sugiyama-san calls his design the Bugatti T2035, and takes one of the automaker's (if not all of automotive history's) most iconic models into the modern era in rather spectacular style.
The Bugatti Type 35, for those unfamiliar, remains the most successful racing car of all time, winning over a thousand races in the 1920s – including the Targa Florio no less than five times in a row. It also won the 1926 (principally European) Grand Prix World Championship, long before the advent of the modern Formula One series.
Numerous iterations followed, but the 35 remains an integral part of Bugatti's history, and one we'd say is worth revisiting. And we're rather taken with how Sugiyama has pulled it off, modernizing the open-cockpit shape and imbuing it with a combination of futuristic design touches and signature contemporary Bugatti elements.
Unfortunately the prospect of such a design being put into production look rather slim, for one reason above all else: Bugatti only makes mid-engined cars, and this one clearly calls for the engine up front, under its long hood and flanked by protruding fenders, with a short rear deck behind the cockpit.
The Alsatian marque has, however, been toying with the idea of producing a front-engined limousine for some time. And who knows, if they ever make one again, maybe they could build something like this atop the same platform. Its patrons at the Volkswagen Group certainly have some to offer.
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