The Bugatti 35, the most innovative car in history, turns 100 years old

The Bugatti 35, the most innovative car in history, turns 100 years old


It is 100 years since the birth of one of the best examples in the history of cars, the Bugatti 35. A very modern car of its time, which dominated for years in all forms of motor racing.

There are many who in more than 135 years of history of cars have signaled the future of an industry that has enabled mobility. Models that have sold a lot of units, or that were pioneers in their production, or very expensive models. Examples are clear, Bugatti Royale, which is unique five units and different bodies and designed for royal houses or Bugatti Atlantic and a wonderful design, ahead of its time.

But not only Bugatti, El Ford Model T it launched the mass production, back in 1907, or the Toyota Corolla, the best-selling car in the world or Volkswagen Beetle or Golf, which is still in production and of which millions of units have been sold.

However, there are special cars in the history of the car and, of course, one of them is this Type 35, which is now celebrating its centenary. When it was launched on the market, the Bugatti Type 35 defined a golden era for the brand. i got more than 2500 wins in racing during its working time, and its beauty, technical ingenuity and driving beauty remain impressive a century later.

The function of motor thinking

To understand el Bugatti Type 35, You must first understand its creator, Ettore Arco Isidoro Bugatti. Without one, the other could never exist. In its first appearance, Type 35 rewrite the rules of the game by introducing many technical innovations. A car like this could only emerge from an open mind, devoid of all kinds of conventions.

Type 35 offered new features in all aspects, engine, steering, suspension, brakes.

Ettore Bugatti had that mind. Born into a family influenced by the arts, design and creativity Over the centuries, Bugatti’s interests were many and varied, and his knowledge was vast. Although he had many successful projects to his name before creating the Type 35, Bugatti was not an engineer capable.

Maybe that’s why the lack of formal training was an advantage. If Bugatti had been trained in traditional automotive engineering at the time, it probably wouldn’t have been crossing borders as he did with the Type 35. He wouldn’t have built a “machine” with such a different design or so many innovations.

Innovations that come so far

While other cars rose above the ground, the body of the Type 35 was low and elegant, While others had wire wheels, Type 35 cast alloys to reduce unsprung mass. Also the brake drum position was very basic. Other cars of the time had open rear suspension, while the Type 35 had it encapsulated and aluminum alloy panels. And although aerodynamics were not used at that time, Bugatti took several steps improve the least resistance of bodywork.

The Type 35 started with a 2.0 liter engine, eight cylinders in a row and 24 valves, which were later enlarged to 2.3 liters and supercharged. And thanks to the pioneer aluminum crankshaft arm with two roller bearings and three ball bearings allowed the motor to accelerate to 6,000 rpm and it will produce 90 hp. A class-leading performance for the day and one that signaled the car’s future.

But it wasn’t just power. Ettore Bugatti was well aware that high performance was provided not only by increasing horse power but also by remove weight. Their commitment to ensuring that every part is made as light as possible, without compromising performance, resulted in the weight of the car. only 750 kg.

Less than all his rivals

Many steps that Bugatti took to achieve his goal include the development of a new front axle the hollow and rear axle setup was also a game changer. It didn’t go “straight”, but instead was centered to fit around the chassis, rising at its ends to connect to the wheel arches.

This is the most common image when the Type 35 participated in the race, the victory.

This design helped keep the height and weight of the car down. Combined with a precisely developed and calibrated operating system and lightweight chassisThe Type 35 was able to deliver unprecedented levels of agility, responsiveness and pure driving pleasure.

Cable drum brakes and a pressurized gas tank Optimizing fuel flow is another feature designed by Bugatti to allow drivers to exploit the full range of performance of the Type 35 on the road and on the track. With this, he won more than 2,500 races.

In his was established in 1924The Bugatti Type 35 served as a magnet for the automotive industry, completely changing the way it was perceived. design and engineering of cars. A century later, its impact and appeal have not waned. The Type 35 is at the heart of the brand’s DNA, along with the Bugatti Atlantic and Bugatti Royale. Every car that Bugatti makes today is true to design values ​​and engineering by Ettore Bugatti, it was well illustrated in Type 35 a hundred years ago.

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