What Is a Bugatti?


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A Bugatti is a car model produced by the Bugatti automobile manufacturing company. It was founded by engineer Ettore Bugatti, one of the pioneers of the automobile engineering industry.

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What Is a Bugatti?
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Ettore Bugatti started his manufacturing career by making engine-powered tricycles before creating his first automobile in 1900 at the age of 19. His design won an award, and he became technical director of the De Deitrich automotive plant. After leaving the company in 1904, he designed and marketed a new ultra-lightweight car, the Bugatti T13, under his own name. He sold design licenses to other companies, such as Peugeot, before exclusively producing his own cars. Vehicles produced by Bugatti between 1900 and 1962 were almost exclusively referred to as a "Type" followed by a two-digit number ranging from the Type 2 in 1900 to the Type 252 in 1957.

As of 2014, a successor to the company still exists in the form of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S., a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG. It is based in France and primarily produces the Veyron 16.4, a high-end sports car. The company has also produced some concept cars, such as the 16C Galibier, the EB 118 and the EB 218, which have not gone into production.

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