Birthplace of Speed
By Mark McConville
THIS Bugatti factory was once responsible for the production of the speediest car on the planet.
Eerie images have revealed the rotting remains of the abandoned Bugatti factory that produced the V12 engine fastest car in the world.
The Bugatti EB110 GT was produced on site and Michael Schumacher was its most famous customer, purchasing one of the supercars and crashing it at the peak of his career.
The stunning pictures show what remains of the factory with equipment, books and keys left strewn across the rooms.
The snaps were taken at the famous Bugatti Automobili Campogalliano in Italy by project manager and amateur photographer Ladislav Nosákovec (28) from Litvínov, Czech Republic.
“It was one of the most beautiful factories in the 90s and the fastest production car of its time was born here,” he said.
“The Bugatti brand in Campogalliano lasted just short five years and they “only” sold lower hundreds of the EB110 beasts.
“Expectations were higher and the corporation declared insolvency literally over the night in September 1995.”
Italian entrepreneur Romano Artioli acquired the Bugatti brand in 1987. Their first production vehicle was the Bugatti EB110 GT.
By the time the EB110 came to market, the North American and European economies were in recession. Poor economic conditions forced the company to fail and operations ceased in September 1995.
The EB110 used a carbon-fibre-reinforced polymer chassis, a 3.5-litre, 5-valve per cylinder, quad-turbocharged 60° V12 engine, a six-speed gearbox, and four-wheel drive.
It went from 0-60mph in 3.1 seconds and had a top speed of 220mph, which is perhaps what attracted Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher.
In an interview with Autoweek in 2006, Schumacher explained how it had spun out when he was giving rides in it.
He said: “Faded on brakes, yeah. It caused some uh, what do you call that, “laundry” issue with my [passenger].”
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