Bugatti has received the Design Award for the striking La Voiture Noire during its exhibition at the Concorso d’Eleganza event that was held at the shores of Lake Como in Italy.
Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show this year, the La Voiture Noire was created as an one-off to celebrate the brand’s 110th anniversary and pay homage to the legendary Type 57SC Atlantic.
Underneath the bespoke bodywork, Bugatti’s latest bespoke creation uses the same underpinnings with the Divo and Chiron, including the quad-turbo 8.0-liter W16 powertrain. Its output remains unchanged, at 1479hp (1500PS) and 1180lb-ft (1600Nm) of torque.
‘La Voiture Noire’ is French for ‘The Black Car’, a node to the second Type 57SC Atlantic that was owned by Jean Bugatti himself and simply vanished, without anyone knowing what exactly happened to it.
Bugatti’s modern Black Car has also gained the title of the world’s most expensive new car of all time, as its owner has reportedly paid 16.7 million euros ($18.6 million in current exchange rates) for it. Speaking of its owner, it is believed to be ex-VW Group boss Ferdinand Piech, though that has neither been confirmed nor denied so far.
However, the hypercar is far from finished, with the car in the pictures being a prototype powered by a small electric motor for exhibition purposes. The finished item is still two to two-and-a-half years away from delivery, according to Bugatti’s head of communications Tim Bravo, so Mr. Piech, if he is indeed the owner, should be patient.