The next Bugatti supercar will be named ‘Chiron’ after Louis Chiron, a Bugatti works racing driver who won virtually all the major grands prix for the brand in the 1920s and 1930s. His name is more closely connected with the history of Bugatti than any other racing driver.
Wolfgang Dürheimer, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S., said, “In Louis Chiron, we found a worthy patron for a new model in the history of our brand. The name of the best racing driver and the most successful Bugatti driver of his time for the best super sports car of the present day – that is the ideal combination.”
The new Bugatti Chiron is currently undergoing final testing, with a number of prototypes on the road in several continents for the fine tuning. The world premiere of the Bugatti from Molsheim in France is planned for the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. With the Chiron, Bugatti said it will continue to produce the “world’s most powerful, fastest, most luxurious and most exclusive production super sports car.” The Chiron is being shown to selected customers, with more than 100 orders already received.
Lydie Barre-Chiron, descendant and biographer of Louis Chiron, recently visited the Bugatti’s headquarters in Molsheim to inspect the vehicle that will bear the name of her famous forebear. “The Chiron is a modern super sports car that is instantly recognisable as a Bugatti,” says Lydie Barre-Chiron. “It looks fantastic, just magnificent. The design already indicates that this car will be very powerful and very fast. If Louis Chiron were alive today, I’m sure he would be proud that such an extraordinary sports car is to bear his name and is to represent the brand with which he achieved his greatest successes.”