In order to build the world’s best race car, Ettore Bugatti made incredible advancements in engine technology. But instead of being content with a fast & nimble car, he made sure it had styling to match. If you have ever wondered what it takes to conquer the world, this is the unbeatable Bugatti Type 35.
A press release this morning digs into their archives to show how the Type 35 series won over 2,000 races. Between 1924 and 1930, their 2.0L straight eight grew in size and power. The crankshaft was mounted on roller bearings to eliminate the main source of friction. This allowed the 3-valve overhead cam to reach 6,000 rpm. Even today that speed is impressive for an inline engine.
Hollow tubular axles and aluminum wheels kept un-sprung weight very low. This trick made for a better handling and more grip. The engine grew to 2.3L and Ettore crafted a supercharger that looks like artwork. It made 138 horsepower for a top speed of 133 mph. President of Bugatti Stephan Winkelmann said: This makes the Type 35 one of the forefathers of our current hyper sports cars, the Chiron1, Chiron Sport and Divo. Steeped in the Type 35’s DNA, they are translating this tradition for the modern age.”