Press release5/16/2022

Bugatti, the Monaco Grand Prix and Louis Chiron – Writing Motor Racing History

Bugatti, the Monaco Grand Prix and Louis Chiron – Writing Motor Racing History

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Bugatti, Louis Chiron, and the Monaco Grand Prix have been intertwined for more than 90 years.

Louis Chiron in a Bugatti Type 51 at the Monaco Grand Prix in 1931.
Louis Chiron in a Bugatti Type 51 at the Monaco Grand Prix in 1931.
The Bugatti Type 51 at the Monaco Grand Prix in 1931.
The Bugatti Type 51 at the Monaco Grand Prix.
The Bugatti Type 51 at the Monaco Grand Prix.
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Tight corners, street canyons, and the Mediterranean Sea a hair’s breadth away. No street race is more iconic than the Monaco Grand Prix. Heroes are born here. Racing cars have been speeding down the narrow streets of the 3.3-kilometer circuit since 1929 – all without run-off areas or helpful gravel traps. The circuit demands total concentration, and counts among the most challenging racetracks in the world. Victory in Monaco is considered one of the greatest triumphs in motor racing.

Bugatti has had close ties with the street circuit for more than 90 years. At this year’s 13th Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, starting on May 13, the organizers will be commemorating one of the great events of the motorsport calendar – and therefore also Bugatti.

The idea of hosting a race in the center of Monaco came to Antony Noghès in the mid-1920s when he was General Commissioner of the Automobile Club de Monaco. It took some time for his idea to be realized. In early April 1929, 20 drivers signed up for the event, of which 16 lined up at the starting line on April 14, 1929. Eight of which piloted Bugatti models.

The first race in 1929 was won by the French manufacturer. After nearly four hours, race car driver William Charles Frederick Grover-Williams, otherwise known as W. Williams, was the first to cross the finishing line in a Bugatti Type 35B. This marked the beginning of a new era.

This wasn’t to be Bugatti’s last victory in Monaco. The marque won a total of four times - three of which were consecutive wins. 1929’s success was followed by wins for driver René Dreyfus in 1930, for Louis Chiron in 1931, and for Achille Varzi in 1933.

Louis Alexandre Chiron was born in Monte Carlo on August 3, 1899. He entered his first race in a private Bugatti in 1925 and celebrated his first racing victories in 1927 and 1928. He raised Ettore Bugatti’s attention who offered him, the same year, a cockpit in one of the manufacturer’s race cars. He officially raced for Bugatti until 1932. Chiron became a star behind the wheel of his Bugatti Type 35C and Type 51. Further development of the Type 35B saw a 2.3-liter straight eight-cylinder engine with up to 190 PS and a top speed of almost 230 km/h. Chiron sped from victory to victory with Bugatti and in 1928 won the Rome Grand Prix, the Marne Grand Prix, the San Sebastin Grand Prix, and the Grand Prix d’Europe held in Monza. But he achieved one of his most significant successes in his hometown, Monaco, in 1931, making history in the process. Chiron won the third Monaco Grand Prix in a Bugatti Type 51 to become the first and currently only Monégasque by birth to score a home victory.

Louis Chiron competed in his final Grand Prix in 1955 at the age of almost 56, finishing in sixth place in a Lancia D50 at none other than the Circuit de Monaco. To this day, he is the oldest driver to have ever participated in a Formula 1 Grand Prix.

In tribute, the organizers of the 13th Grand Prix de Monaco Historique have named a starter category after the racing legend: Series A – Louis Chiron, for Grand Prix cars with a front engine built before 1960.

In 2016, Bugatti named its new hyper sports car the Chiron in his honor.

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Fuel consumption and emissions

  • Bolide: This model is not subject to Directive 1999/94/EC, as type approval has not yet been granted.

    • Centodieci: WLTP fuel consumption, l/100 km: low phase 40.31 / medium phase 22.15 / high phase 17.89 / extra high phase 17.12 / combined 21.47; CO2 emissions combined, g / km: NA; efficiency class: G

    • Chiron: WLTP fuel consumption, l/100 km: low phase 44.56 / medium phase 24.80 / high phase 21.29 / extra high phase 21.57 / combined 25.19; CO2 emissions combined, g/km: 571.64; efficiency class: G

    • Chiron Profilée: WLTP fuel consumption, l/100 km: low phase 44.56 / medium phase 24.80 / high phase 21.29 / extra high phase 21.57 / combined 25.19; CO2 emissions combined, g/km: 571.64; efficiency class: G

      • Chiron Pur Sport: WLTP fuel consumption, l/100 km: low phase 44.56 / medium phase 24.80 / high phase 21.29 / extra high phase 21.57 / combined 25.19; CO2 emissions combined, g/km: 571.64; efficiency class: G

      • Chiron Sport: WLTP fuel consumption, l/100 km: low phase 44.56 / medium phase 24.80 / high phase 21.29 / extra high phase 21.57 / combined 25.19; CO2 emissions combined, g/km: 571.64; efficiency class: G

      • Chiron Super Sport: WLTP fuel consumption, l/100 km: low phase 40.31 / medium phase 22.15 / high phase 17.89 / extra high phase 17.12 / combined 21.47; CO2 emissions combined, g/km: 486.72; efficiency class: G

      • Chiron Super Sport 300+: WLTP fuel consumption, l/100 km: low phase 40.31 / medium phase 22.15 / high phase 17.89 / extra high phase 17.12 / combined 21.47; CO2 emissions combined, g/km: 486.72; efficiency class: G

      • Divo: WLTP fuel consumption, l/100 km: low phase 43,33 / medium phase 22,15 / high phase 17,99 / extra high phase 18,28 / combined 22,32; CO2 emissions combined, g/km: 505,61; efficiency class: G

      • La Voiture Noire: WLTP fuel consumption, l/100 km: low phase 43,33 / medium phase 22,15 / high phase 17,99 / extra high phase 18,28 / combined 22,32; CO2 emissions combined, g/km: 505,61; efficiency class: G

        • W16 Mistral: This model is not subject to Directive 1999/94/EC, as type approval has not yet been granted.

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          The specified fuel consumption and emission data have been determined according to the measurement procedures prescribed by law.

          Further information on official fuel consumption figures and the official specific CO2 emissions of new passenger cars can be found in the “Guide on the fuel economy, CO2 emissions and power consumption of new passenger car models”, which is available free of charge at all sales dealerships and from DAT Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH, Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, D-73760 Ostfildern, Germany and at www.dat.de.

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