Shortly after the unveiling of The Black Car in March 2019 at the Geneva Motor Show, Bugatti admitted that the one-off model was nothing more than a rolling display shell fitted with an electric motor and of a battery. At that time, the company’s chief communications officer Tim Bravo told media it would take two and a half years for the car to be ready for delivery to its mysterious buyer.
Fast forward to April 22, the car was spotted near the Bugatti factory in Molsheim, likely undergoing final testing before being shipped to its rightful (and extremely patient) owner. Now it looks like the world premiere of The Black Car will take place at the end of the month. A series of cryptic teasers posted on Instagram shows the unique W16 hypercar featured in a digital postcard. The series ends with the following message: “See you on May 31st, 2021. “
A tribute to Jean Bugatti’s Type 57 SC Atlantic lost during World War II, The Black Car is based on the Chiron and has a body entirely in carbon fiber. The design director of the firm, Achim Anscheidt, told us at the Geneva Motor Show in 2019 that Bugatti had been playing with the idea of an Atlantic renewal since the end of the 2000s.
To our knowledge, this is the most expensive new car of all time, priced at 11 million euros before taxes. The identity of the owner of La Car Noire remains shrouded in mystery more than three years after its world debut. The first reports had said that football star Cristiano Ronaldo was the owner, but that turned out to be false.
Bugatti has continued this unique tribute with numerous special editions in the same vein as the Veyron has obtained several derivatives during its 10 year life cycle. Of all, the Black Car is the most exclusive in terms of price and availability. The only other Chiron-based creation that could reach this level is the Bolide, but the track machine alone is just a concept at the moment.