The $18 million art piece is about to be delivered to its mysterious owner.
Back in 2019, Bugatti announced a new hypercar built as a one-off piece of art. Called La Voiture Noire (The Black Car), it's an $18 million masterpiece and ever since we first saw it, it's been a fascinating topic of conversation. But although Bugatti had shown it off for Christmas last year and teased it again last month, getting this car completed has clearly been an arduous labor of love.
Fortunately for whoever bought the car, it is finally complete. Bugatti President Stephan Winkelmann is obviously very proud of the creation: "With the completed La Voiture Noire, we are demonstrating once again that we develop the world's most sophisticated hyper sports cars."
In case you don't know much about La Voiture Noire, here are the important details. Its body boasts visible carbon fiber in a jet black shade Bugatti named Black Carbon Glossy. It's named after Jean Bugatti's (Ettore's son) Type 57 SC Atlantic, which he nicknamed La Voiture Noire. That inspirational car disappeared after World War II, so check your barns if you live in Europe.
As for the current one, the idea for the homage model came to Bugatti's Design Director Achim Anscheidt more than 20 years ago, so seeing this masterpiece finally completed is a spectacular moment for the French carmaker that has already produced exceptional machines like the Veyron and Chiron.
The bumpers of the car are integrated into the bodywork and the windscreen has a wraparound look like the visor of a helmet, making it almost appear as if the car was cast in one piece. Other highlights include 25 individually milled light elements in the headlamps and a 3D-printed grille that has had every single cell honed and examined to ensure a perfect finish, while six individual exhaust pipes hark back to the car's inspirational forebear. Inside, Havana Brown leather achieves the same effect while driving modes are changed via a rosewood switch.
No performance claims are made, but that's not the point. This car is more suited to long drives like a trip "from Molsheim to Milan". Obviously, such an expedition will never happen, which brings us to the true purpose of this car: to create art. And by golly, what a spectacular thing this is to look at. If we owned it, we'd never leave the garage.