There have been several occasions in the past when Bugatti competed in professional motorsports. Having won at least 1,000 races in the 1920s, the Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix Racer nevertheless echoes the design and standard for performance in this era.
In 1956, the French car manufacturer tried to find its way back to single seater grand prix through the Circuit de Reims-Gueux Formula One World Championship. However, Bugatti has not competed since then.
The idea of reviving Bugatti’s glorious days in motorsport however didn’t just end there. Throughout the years, the Molsheim factory at some point has produced the world’s fastest legal road car ---its none other than the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.
Moving forward, Sean Bull Design of Warwick United Kingdom is presenting one of the purest Bugatti F1 concept on the planet. Needless to say, the Bugatti 101P- F1 2020 Concept Final Livery appears to perform unlike anything else on the tracks.
Sean Bull’s pixelated livery features a retro-inspired turbine engine melded with futuristic smart-composite brakes and glass cockpit canopy. Naming its chassis 101P, the concept’s aero boards are a tribute to Bugatti’s experimental aircraft while the rest of its design are basically taken from the French marque’s 1920’s legendary racer.
In its pursuit to achieve performance with the latest technology, the Bugatti 101P has been designed with the 2020 rule change in mind. The designer believes this is the advent of greater and more individual engine among competitors.
As a result of this, the concept features a modified Tesla turbine drive that promises 60-70 percent efficiency. Along with a glass case for its engine, the 101P has been designed ideally for the Formula 1. This offers minimal production cost without compromising on efficiency and reliability.
If there is more, the airflow adjusts automatically using smart composite while the massive increase in downforce or the ground effect can terrify any high performance car that will ever drive against it along the circuits.
The idea as a whole is surely fascinating even if most of its components are quite unattainable within the next three years. If anything, the concept clearly reminds us of Bugatti’s menacing record in the world of motorsport. If ever Volkswagen Group will have to make a big decision one day, we think this is a model that should be available in the F1 program. Of course it would be cooler if Daniel Ricciardo or Mick Schumacher gets behind this mean machine.