Bugatti 100P airplane recreated, will make its flying debut next month

Bugatti is well known for their fast cars since 1909, but not many know the automaker also built a plane back in 1930s.

The project was started by founder Ettore Bugatti, with a goal to win the Deutsch de la Merthe Cup Race. The design was called 100P and it never made its flying debut.

That is about to change soon as a group of Bugatti fanatics called Le Reve Blue decided to build an exact replica of the plane, that will make its public debut on March 25 in Oxnard, California.

The 100P was designed in collaboration with Ettore Bugatti and Belgian engineer Louis de Monge, and is considered by many to be one of the most technologically-advanced airplanes of the era with cutting-edge aerodynamics with forward pitched wings and a zero-drag cooling system.

The 100P was powered by twin 450-hp engines, and designed to reach speeds approaching 500mph.

Because if the Second World War, Bugatti stopped the work on 100P in June 1940, and concealed the plane to prevent its discovery by the German military. The plane survived the war, but was left in a condition unfit for flight.

In 2009, Scott Wilson, John Lawson and Simon Birney of Le Reve Blue began construction on the first ever recreation of the Bugatti 100P and finally it is ready for its first flight.

The Bugatti 100P aircraft will be on display among the largest assembled collection of Bugatti artifacts and automobiles at the Art of Bugatti exhibition, opening March 2014 at the Mullin Automotive Museum.

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