Last year, we dove into the rollercoaster story of the Bugatti EB110 perhaps more than any other publication. We spent a weekend with the car’s godfather Romano Artioli at his home in Trieste; we stormed the historic centre of Vienna with the only two factory EB110 racing cars; we visited La Fabbrica Blu, the abandoned dream factory in Campogalliano; and we were granted an exclusive audience with the new Centodieci, the modern-day Bugatti’s long overdue tribute to the marque’s Italian chapter.
We were therefore delighted when we received news of The Last Bugatti Racing Cars, which is billed as the ultimate book on the EB110. To date, nobody has attempted to compile a definitive work on the Bugatti Automobili S.p.A. saga. While this new, beautifully designed 300-page tome – written by three respected Bugatti experts and featuring hundreds of previously unseen photographs, technical drawings, data sheets and race reports – focuses on Bugatti’s last two factory racing cars, the EB110S Le Mans and the EB110S IMSA, it provides an unequalled overview of the rise and untimely fall of the revolutionary 1990s supercar. There are even eyewitness testimonies from some of the EB110’s key protagonists, from race engineer Dieter Gass to racing driver Derek Hill.
The Last Bugatti Racing Cars will be sold as both a blue-covered Le Mans Edition and a silver-covered IMSA Edition, and launched at Rétromobile in February. Only 110 copies of each will be published, priced at 459 euros. Additionally, there will be a signed and leather-bound Publishers’ Edition, of which 35 copies will be produced priced at 1,100 euros each.
Update: If you attended Rétromobile in Paris earlier this year, you’ll have no doubt been bowled over by the presentation of The Last Bugatti Racing Cars, featuring the book’s main protagonists, the EB110S LM and EB110S SC, in pride of place. The reaction to the book at the show was reportedly so overwhelmingly positive that editor Julias Kruta and authors Johann Petit and Pascal Van Mele decided to ‘pull the handbrake’ and update the original transcript.
“A significant number of the original protagonists of the EB110 story, including former employees of Bugatti Automobili S.p.A., Monaco Racing Team and Synergie, approached us in Paris, including living legends Romano Artioli and Michel Hommell,” comments Kruta. “In the weeks following the salon, we were offered additional first-hand information and valuable personal period photographs.” Rather than opting to reveal successive editions, this will now, true to its original word, be the definitive ‘bible’ on the Bugatti EB110. Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, focus has now turned to a 2021 release date.
Both the Publisher’s Edition (35 copies) and the Le Mans Edition (110 copies) are now sold out. You can register your interest in buying one of the remaining IMSA Edition copies by clicking here.
Photos: The EB110 Book, Juergen Skarwan © 2020