This stunning device is the actual Bugatti EB110 that raced at Le Mans in 1994. So far it’s the only Bugatti to have taken part in the 24hr race since a supercharged T57C took Bugatti’s second victory back in 1939. Despite needing five new turbos during the race, the EB110 ran as high as sixth overall before a tyre failure less than an hour before the end caused Jean-Christophe Bouillon to spear into the barriers before the first chicane on the Mulsanne straight. Therefore history records that no Bugatti has finished Le Mans in the post-war period.
But the story of this EB110 didn’t finish 25 years ago. Nor does it stop once beyond the racetrack gates. Because the car, commissioned by French publishing magnate Michel Hommell, was designed from the outset to be road legal. Hommell’s dream was for the car to be driven to the circuit on public roads, and driven away afterwards. It would prove to be a one-way journey, but this EB110 was alleged to have been driven over a thousand kilometres from Bugatti’s state of the art factory at Campogalliano north of Modena, to Circuit de la Sarthe.
I’m not doing that many miles today, but I am driving the one and only EB110 LM in the hills outside of Barcelona. Here’s what it’s like.