The one-off Bugatti Divo ‘Lady Bug’ took two years to finish

By topgear, 06 March 2021

Welcome to an especially outrageous Bugatti Divo, with paintwork so complex the company nearly gave up trying to realise their customer’s request because it was simply too hard to get right. 

Yup – the collector who ordered this Divo asked Bugatti to come up with a “geometric-dynamic algorithmic fading pattern” to make his car stand-out from the 39 others it’s building.

The company obliged, and after a fraught development process lasting around two years, were able to deliver the “Lady Bug” to its lucky owner in the USA. 

The tricky bit was precisely applying all the diamond stencils to the bodywork.

Bugatti says that “owing to the three-dimensional, sculptural form of the Divo with its contours, curves and ribs, the 2D-printed diamonds became distorted”, and that it took weeks for designers “to match the CAD data with reality and pull the film over the deeply concave surface without the diamonds becoming distorted or developing folds”. 

Bugatti tested this process twice on other Divos, because there would only be one chance to get it right on the customer’s actual car.

Once the film had been successfully applied, the company took several days to check the positioning of each and every one of the circa 1,600 diamond shapes before sending the car to paint. 

Painting the Lady Bug took another couple of weeks, then the diamonds could be peeled away to reveal the finished pattern. 

A Bugatti Divo costs well over £4million before options. We shudder to think how much this particular chap paid for nigh-on two years’ worth of design work. 

STORY Tom Harrison
PHOTOS Ted7 & Bugatti

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