Production of the Bugatti Chiron is winding down after six years, and to mark the end of an era the company has created the uber exclusive, 24-karat gold-adorned spec you see before you here.
Named the Chiron L’Ébé in honour of Ettore Bugatti’s eldest daughter, the carmaker has gone to great lengths to give its hypercar a fitting send-off, noting that gold is extremely difficult to use as 99.9 per cent of it is soft. And, you know, massively expensive.
Working with a minting and embossing company, it took five years of research and experimentation to work out how to incorporate gold into the badge on the nose.
Eventually a technique was settled on whereby nickel is used as a foundation for the emblem, with its anti-corrosion properties allowing the firm to apply a thin layer of gold no more than four micrometres thick before polishing. The process is mostly done by hand and takes ten hours. Yikes.
The front horseshoe trim is said to be the most challenging bit to gold-ify due to its size (44cm long and 40cm wide), with other treated parts including various EB emblems, engine cover and the gas and oil cap. Meanwhile the spoiler bears the L’Ébé name. You’ll never guess the colour…
Inside the Silk/Lake Blue interior gets much L’Ébé lettering, with design sketches of various Bugatti models from its 110-year plus history incorporated into the door panels.
“L’Ébé Bugatti’s biography of her father helped us understand Ettore’s personality, his goals, and his importance,” explained Hendrik Malinowski, Bugatti’s managing director of sales and marketing. “With this special configuration and the use of her first name for the final three Chiron and Chiron Sport models, we wish to honour L’Ébé and afford her the place in our brand’s history that she deserves.”
What do we reckon folks? A suitable way to wave that 8.0-litre W16 farewell?