It is a special meeting that the manufacturer of Molsheim organized on one of the most important circuits in its history, that of the Targa Florio, in Sicily, by putting the Divo and Type 35 models side by side.
Two models linked by the same character, the driver Albert Divo, who in 1928 and 1929 twice won the Targa Florio at the wheel of a Bugatti Type 35 chassis, thus succeeding Meo Costantini's winners in the event. imposed in 1925 and 1926, and Emilio Materassi, winner of the 1927 edition, both also victorious with Bugatti chassis.
The Bugatti Type 35 quickly made the success of the French brand on the circuits, thanks to its performance and reliability. Powered by an 8-cylinder block equipped with two carburettors and associated with a multi-plate clutch, its first versions had a power of around 95 hp which allowed them to spin at 190 km / h at peak. The Type 35B powered by a 2.3-liter 8-cylinder block, would then have 140 hp thanks to the presence of a compressor, power then allowing peaks at 215 km / h.
The Bugatti Divo presented in 2018 by the French manufacturer, for its part, was named in honor of the French driver who defended the brand's colors between 1928 and 1933, after having notably driven for Sunbeam, Talbot-Darracq and Delage. Developed around the Chiron model and offered in a limited edition (40 copies invoiced at 5 million euros per unit), the Divo sports a specific body under which it embeds the W16 8.0 liter unit of 1,500 hp and 1,600 Nm which allows it in particular to spin at 380 km / h at top speed (electronically limited).
“The Divo is already a milestone in Bugatti's 110-year history,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. “With the Divo, Bugatti is entering a new era in modern automobile construction. It is an individualized masterpiece of automotive craftsmanship, a legend in the making. "
The first copies of the Bugatti Divo have already been delivered to their owners, and the rest of the forty models promised for production will be completed before the end of the first quarter of 2021.