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AN ELEGANT ANOMALY: This Bugatti Chiron is Headed to the Scottsdale Auction Block with No Reserve

Written by Nicole Ellan James


Encountering a Bugatti Chiron on the streets is an exceptionally rare spectacle. This remarkably stunning automobile is so infrequently spotted that whenever it graces the road, it ignites a captivating curiosity, attracting scores of onlookers wherever it travels. This contemporary French supercar, renowned for its high-performance capabilities, pays homage to Bugatti’s rich sports-car performance by bearing the name of Louis Chiron. This legendary racing driver achieved triumph in nearly all major Grands Prix for the brand during the 1920s and 1930s.

At the core of the Chiron lies a formidable 8.0-liter W16 engine, crafted by combining two 15-degree V8s arranged side by side to create a commanding 90-degree configuration, boasting a staggering 1,500 horsepower. This marks a remarkable 50% increase compared to the original Veyron – the predecessor replaced by the Chiron – which shares a nearly identical powertrain.

Bugatti boasts remarkable acceleration figures for the Chiron, claiming it can reach 0-60 mph in  2.3 seconds and accelerate from zero to 186 mph in “less than” 13.6 seconds. At full throttle, the 4,000-pound coupe’s four turbochargers inhale an astounding 1,000 liters of air every second, and the maximum horsepower is spread over an impressive 4,000-rpm wide range of the power band – from 2,000 to 6,000 rpm. This sophisticated powerhouse achieves a top speed of 261 mph. The torque peaks at 1,180 ft/lbs, driving all four wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Elevating the Chiron from impressive to an otherworldly level is the engineering brilliance of that quad-turbo configuration, which operates in two stages. In a strategic design to mitigate lag, only two turbos engage from a standstill, with all four turbos releasing their air pressure through wastegates when the throttle is lifted. This meticulous setup ensures a seamless and responsive performance, contributing to the Chiron’s exceptional driving experience.

The Chiron employs a carbon-fiber monocoque structure, combining lightweight design with high strength. This material choice contributes to the car’s overall agility and structural integrity. Adding to its dynamic capabilities, the Chiron is equipped with an adaptive suspension system. This sophisticated system automatically adjusts to varying driving conditions, ensuring optimal performance, comfort and stability.

The Chiron’s design seamlessly integrates aerodynamics and aesthetics, striking a harmonious balance between performance and luxury. A notable feature is the titanium exhaust system with six tailpipes at the rear. Four of these terminate in a center channel positioned above the carbon-fiber diffuser. Remarkably, the outer two tailpipes divert downward, expelling air through the diffuser – a technology reminiscent of success in Formula 1 before the ban on blown diffusers. In the Chiron, this innovation utilizes the blown air to reenergize the low-pressure air at the rear of the diffuser, generating an additional layer of rear downforce. This sophisticated design not only enhances the car’s aesthetic appeal but also contributes to its overall performance dynamics.

Featuring a sleek and assertive profile, the Chiron highlights the unmistakable Bugatti design elements that play a pivotal role in crafting its iconic appearance. The defining Bugatti curve, creating a graceful circular motion on each side of the exterior, also serves as a distinctive divider within the interior.

Originating from the center console, a minimalist post adorned with four adaptable aluminum dials, the signature curve extends past the aluminum and titanium gear selector, sweeping upward to grace the ceiling. Inside, the Chiron’s cabin exudes luxury, characterized by the use of high-quality materials and meticulous craftsmanship. Complementing its opulent design, the interior is equipped with cutting-edge technology and comfort features, ensuring a premium driving experience that matches the car’s remarkable exterior allure.

The Bugatti Chiron transcends being merely a high-performance vehicle; it stands as the epitome of automotive engineering and design excellence. Serving as a testament to Bugatti’s unwavering dedication to pushing the boundaries of speed, power and luxury in a production car, the Chiron represents a pinnacle achievement in the automotive world, each exemplifying the brand’s commitment to delivering an unparalleled driving experience.

Notably, a 2018 Bugatti Chiron – one of an estimated 70 produced for its model year – will be presented at the 2024

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Final Encore—Bizzarrini P538

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Photo: Casey AnnisThe 1950s and 1960s were a time of rapid change in both the road and racecar world. Technology was advancing quickly and with this advancement, it became increasingly harder and harder for a lone individual—either engineer or visionary—to be solely responsible for a complete automobile. Yet, some amazing vehicles were given birth during this time by some of the last of these automotive prodigies. One such automotive savant was Italian Giotto Bizzarrini. A tenacious and talented engineer and development driver, Bizzarrini either created or played a major role in some of the most iconic cars of the 1960s, including several built under his own name. Any true understanding of Bizzarrini’s cars, however, first requires an understanding of the man, as the two are virtually inseparable.

The author unleashes a healthy dose of the “Anniversario” Bizzarrini’s prodigious horsepower.
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Born Survivor

Giotto Bizzarrini was born in June 6, 1926, in Quercianella, near Livorno, Italy. Born into a long line of engineers, it is perhaps not surprising that Bizzarrini would gravitate toward things mechanical. However, his early childhood years were more dominated by soccer and hunting, at least until World War II intervened. When the war broke out, Giotto’s father took up arms against the Germans, leaving young Giotto behind to fend for his family. During the war years, times were tough and much of what the Bizzarrini family had to eat ended up coming from Giotto’s hunting prowess. Bizzarrini would look back on these years of deprivation and state, “That period really influenced me for the rest of my life. It made me into a survivor, somewhat of a maverick.”

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Saturday special: An elegant three-wheeler with a Mazda engine

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Custom three-wheeler with Mazda engine and motorcycle parts
Although Bike EXIF is dedicated to art on two wheels, our automotive interests are wide-ranging. Our publisher has an enviable car collection, our workshop editor, Dean, is a vintage snowmobile fiend, and I’ve been in love with the Morgan Super 3 ever since I test-drove it at the Malle Mile. So today we’re bending the rules, and bringing you a stunning three-wheeler that’s only really thirty percent motorcycle.

Dubbed the ‘MAC 2,’ it’s the second handmade three-wheeler from Indonesian engineer and vintage bike enthusiast, Cosmas Lili Sudrajat. Cosmas has a major crush on Morgan’s V-twin-powered three-wheelers—but they’re expensive and hard to come by in Indonesia. Luckily, he knows his way around a workshop.

Custom three-wheeler with Mazda engine and motorcycle parts

The V-twin powerplant bolted to the front of the MAC 2 isn’t a motorcycle engine though. It’s out of a Mazda B600—a pint-sized, Japanese-made station wagon that was a hit in Indonesia in the 1960s. “The Mazda’s air-cooled 600 cc V-twin engine is the perfect size for a three-wheeler,” says Cosmas.

Once the Mazda B600 had been torn down to just its chassis and motor, Cosmas chopped off the rear half of the frame and installed a repurposed Honda swingarm. Repurposed 18” laced motorcycle wheels do duty up front, modified with cast aluminum MAC-branded hubcaps.

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Ferrari Challenge UK commences

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The 2024 Ferrari UK Challenge race series commences its sixth season this weekend at iconic English racing circuit Brands Hatch. Ferrari North Europe has confirmed another packed grid of experienced and new drivers in both the Trofeo Pirelli and Coppa Shell classes.

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The 2024 season welcomes the return of numerous racing favorites, including Andrew Morrow, who readies himself for a step up to the EU Challenge in 2024, and Tom Fleming, the EU Challenge rookie who went on to win the World Championship at Finali Mondiali in Mugello last October. With both drivers showing great talent, the stage is set for a hotly contested season opener.

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Several exciting newcomers also make their debut in the series this year, hoping to seize the initiative and pilot their Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo race cars to victory in the final solus year for the 488 model, before the introduction of the new 296 Challenge in 2025.

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