A joint project that Bugatti, a well-known maker of the fastest production sports cars in the world, entered with yacht builder Palmer Johnson has gotten everyone excited. According to their agreement, Palmer Johnson will be designing new open sport yachts made of carbon-fibre and these will be built using the Bugatti name.
Under the plan, Bugatti will allow the installation of features like advanced materials and design elements that are distinct to the automaker. The yachts will carry the Niniette name. The three models have varying lengths, measuring 42ft to 88ft. The smallest one has a price tag of €2 million.
Since the 1930s, Ettore Bugatti had been developing yachts and racing boats. That Ettore Bugatti had a personal connection to his creations was obvious from the name he gave to them. Niniette for example is his pet name for Lidia, his daughter. Now, the brand is reviving that same tradition with the motto “Art, Forme, Technique.”
Like what its founder did, the name will also be used for a boat. For the yachts, Bugatti’s own design team used the same principle that they have with sports cars which is “Form follows Performance.” Thus while the carbon fiber hull of the yacht incorporates the style elements of the brand’s classic and iconic cars, it is combined with the innovative hull shape from Palmer Johnson’s own SuperSport series.
The main characteristic of the design is the falling shoulder line similar to that of the brand’s Type 57 C Atalante with the balanced proportion of its Type 41 Royale. As a result, this gives it a good balance in sportiness and elegance.
The relationship of the Niniette by Palmer Johnson and the design DNA of the brand can also be seen with its highlighted waist line and the traditional two-tone color scheme. Looking at the Niniette on its side, the design emphasizes the contrast made by the dark blue exposed carbon fiber with the ultra-lightweight and ultra-strong titanium.
Meanwhile, the combination of the blue morta oak wood or the brown bubinga maple gives the deck the contrast it needs with the high-tech materials. Since Palmer Johnson based the Niniette’s design on its SuperSport series, it also has that mono-hull with its two sponsons.
This gives it the needed stability whether at speed or while at anchor. Because it is mainly made of carbon fiber, the Niniette can reach speeds of up to 38 knots, which is around 70 kph. The official name of the central model is PJ63 Niniette and it measures 63 feet long or around 20 meters.
The beam meanwhile measures 20.3 feet or 6.2 meters. The salon on the deck has an area of 63 m² while the one below it measures 43 m². This allows it to accommodate a crew cabin and a maximum of 4 guests. Bugatti however allows customization of the interior upon the request of the customers.
Bugatti has priced the PJ63 Niniette at a starting price of €3.25 million. The two other models are the PJ42 Niniette which is 42 feet (around 13 meters) long and the PJ88 Niniette which measures 88 feet (about 27 meters). Customers who are interested to purchase one should know that the production time is 12 months.
Dr. Stefan Brungs explained that the project has managed to bring together two brands with more than a century of experience when it comes to hand crafting high-end products in their own industries. Brungs is a member of the Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S Board of Management that is in-charge of Sales and Marketing.
Brungs adds that the two companies also have considerable experience when it comes to creating lightweight design. The Niniette has been inspired by Bugatti’s design DNA and Palmer Johnson has managed to create not just a beautiful and elegant yacht but also one that masterfully combines titanium, carbon fiber, and surprisingly, valuable wood.
The Niniette will definitely be a collector’s item that will excite maritime enthusiasts, Brungs concludes. Timur Mohamed, who owns Palmer Johnson, also shared his views on the partnership. According to Mohamed, the Niniette is the product of their vision to perfect the alchemy of demand and desire. Bugatti and Palmer Johnson, Mohamed relates, have deep core values, which include reaching for what cannot be seen and reaching high in order to give customers the next incredible experience.
The two companies make it a point to distance themselves from the herd. These are based on the notion that the two companies always aim to attain goals that no one will ever expect and continue taking one step forward.
Mohamed shares that Palmer Johnson and Bugatti are united in the goal of moving to uncharted waters and thinking out of the box. Palmer Johnson, Mohamed says, is happy to have been given the chance to use the design DNA and the Bugatti name for the new model line.