Where Are Bugatti Cars Built?

March 18, 2013

Founded in 1909, Bugatti is known by most people today for its production of the super exotic Veyron sports car. However, the company also has had a very storied past in automobile racing, including one car, the 1924 Bugatti Type 35, which just may be the most successful race car ever built. It had more than 2,000 victories during its time. Today, the Bugatti nameplate and company is owned by the Volkswagen auto group, and it only produces one model, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4. Known simply as the Veyron to most, it's namesake is Pierre Veyron, who won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1939, racing a Bugatti.

The Veyron sports an 8.0 liter W16 engine with four turbochargers. It's good for 987 brake horsepower, and has a track-verified speed of 253 miles per hour, despite its curb weight of 4,162 pounds. With a price tag upwards of $1.6 million, it's also the most expensive regular production automobile ever. The Veyron is built at the Bugatti Automobiles SAS headquarters in Alsace, France. It's estimated that 200 examples were produced from 2005 to 2008, when Veyron production was ended.

Bugatti is currently developing a prototype four-seater sedan model, dubbed the Bugatti 16C Galibier Concept, which is rumored to share the same W16 power plant as its Veyron cousin, albeit a detuned version. The name is a reference to the Bugatti Type 57 Galibier, the first vehicle produced by Jean Bugatti, son of the original founder Ettore Bugatti. It was produced from 1934 to 1940, with 710 examples produced during this time.