Rodeo Drive Concours 2018: Bugatti EB110 Supersport

The Veyron is an amazing car in its own right. I've seen 7 or 8 of them. But that's the new Bugatti corporation - a Volkswagen-owned boutique. This car is part of Bugatti Automobili S.p.A, an earlier attempt to revive the brand. This is the EB110 Supersport. It's our third EB110 sighting, and it's unquestionably the coolest.

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The EB110 SS in the Mullin collection is one of three Le Mans versions that were prepared for the 1994 24 Hours of Le Mans race. It was retooled with an upgraded engine for race use, and it is significantly lighter and more aerodynamic, with bodywork made of aluminum, carbon and Kevlar fiber.
— The Mullin Automotive Museum, Oxnard, California
Lurking...

Lurking...

According to the Mullin docent/Bugatti guard, this 3.5L, quad turbo V12 with all-wheel drive through a 7-speed transmission is good for a sub-3.0 second 0-60 and a 232 mph maximum warp. That is fast under modern standards, but with the displacement of a Ford Flex, rather than a 3 ton 1976 Cadillac Fleetwood limousine (*cough* Veyron *cough*). Part of that quickness is built-in; part is obviously due to the tuning and add-ons for Le Mans.

Your impending loss, expressed in chromed, Mandrel-bent hellfire tubing.

Your impending loss, expressed in chromed, Mandrel-bent hellfire tubing.

Unfortunately, we'll never know how accurate that claim is. For one, this is a museum piece now, and only comes out to look fabulous. It may not even run at this point - he wasn't sure. 

The theoretical view you should have expected, back in the day.

The theoretical view you should have expected, back in the day.

Second, it's not street legal. Not even close.

The Japanese collector Yoshiyuki Hayashi once owned this EB110 SS Le Mans, as did former racecar driver Bruce Canepa. Peter Mullin acquired the car from Bruce Canepa in 2008 to round out his collection of the Bugatti marque. Because it is in the United States strictly for display purposes, it has no title documents, which cannot be obtained without meeting certain highway safety and EPA requirements.
— Mullin Automotive Museum
If style is all that's left, what better place to show it off, right?

If style is all that's left, what better place to show it off, right?

Not that "legal" ever stopped anyone in the L.A. street racing scene. Also, "race track." (It's a place to wind this thing out without fear of cops. We tried it - totally worth it.)