Romano Artioli’s quest to take Bugatti back to its pre-war glory days did not just stop at the Bugatti EB 110 GT. Six months after the EB 110 GT was unveiled, Bugatti showed the EB110 Super Sport at the Geneva Salon in 1992. Improvements included a new ECU, larger fuel injectors and a free breathing exhaust. These enhancements bumped up power to 603 bhp, up from 550 bhp. Liberal use of carbon fibre also reduced weight to 3100 lb (1406 kg), which in turn meant that the car could now reach 216 mph (347 kmph) and get from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.2s. Only 36 examples of the Bugatti EB 110 GT Super Sport were ever made, making them exceptionally unique.
An inseparable part of the EB110’s legacy, this particular machine is the Bugatti EB110 Super Sport prototype that goes on sale at RM Sotheby’s Paris 2018 auction, the original prototype for the EB 110 SS. It was used intensively in homologation testing and in body developments and went on to become a testbed for several modifications that were seen on the Super Sport cars that came after it. Unfortunately for Artioli, the Bugatti EB 110 SS would be the last machine. His decision to buy Lotus Cars while simultaneously investing in the development of a 4-door EB 110 meant that the company was soon out of funds, going bankrupt in 1995. The Super Sport was Bugatti under Artioli’s last hurrah before the man’s ambitions went under. Photos by Tim Scott courtesy RM Sotheby’s