This is one of only two Bugatti EB110 race cars in the world.
Two years after the concept debuted, Bugatti finally revealed the production version of the one-off La Voiture Noire last week. Bugatti is also preparing to unleash the Centodieci, which is a modern tribute to the EB110 SS super sports car from the 1990s. In addition to the 139 road-going examples, Bugatti produced two EB110 factory race cars delivering up to 690 hp - and now one of them has returned to the track for the first time in 25 years.
The first was a blue EB110 LM, which entered the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1994. The race car caught the attention of Gildo Pallanca-Pastor, who set a speed record on ice in an EB110 Super Sport in 1995. He wanted to enter official races in America's IMSA series and other endurance races, so he commissioned Bugatti to build him a bespoke race car.
The result was the EB110 Sport Competizione. Created in only six months, the EB110 Sport Competizione was lighter and faster than the road car. Bugatti planned three examples, but only one was built due to financial setbacks and supply issues.
Gildo Pallanca-Pastor entered the EB110 Sport Competizione in IMSA races and the BPR Global GT Series, an international racing series designed for production-based super sports cars. While the EB110 SC performed well, demand for super sports cars declined and spare parts became rarer. Ultimately, Bugatti went bankrupt in 1995 before the company was revived by VW Group in 1998 and the race car was confiscated. Luckily, Gildo Pallanca-Pastor managed to obtain the EB110 SC from the bankruptcy assets and entered it in Daytona in 1996 before preparing to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Unfortunately, Gildo Pallanca-Pastor was involved in a crash while racing at the Dijon circuit in France that left the EB110 Sport Competizione severely damaged. Due to a lack of spare parts, it couldn't be repaired so it never entered the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which started only a week later. This was the last time the car ever raced during its short-lived motorsport career.
However, the race car was repaired and sold to a collector. 25 years after its last race, the rare Bugatti EB110 Sport Competizione has returned to Dijon for a photoshoot, giving us a rare look at one of the only EB110 race cars in the world.