1930 Bugatti Type 45 Bi Motor

With an interest in gaining more displacement without retooling, Bugatti started manufacturing uncommon U-engines. These used two separate straight engine engines joined by gears. Despite the heavier weight, and power lost to joining gears, the main advantage of the U engine was its ability to share common parts.

In the case of the Type 45, Bugatti was able to achieve 250 bhp, through a union of two supercharged Type 35 Grand Prix engines. The bulky engine sat in a conventional Bugatti chassis which was renowned for its light weight and nimble handling. Most likely, the heft of the U16 contributed to the Type 45’s lack of success. Bugatti only made this single car, and another rolling chassis.

For a long time, the sole Type 45 was part of the famous Schlumpf collection in Mulhouse, France. It was recently removed from the collection and received a comprehensive restoration by Leydon Restorations before appearing at the 2003 Pebble Beach Concours.

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1930 Bugatti Type 45 Bi Motor

Specs & Performance

   
engine U16
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Twin Roots Superchargers
valvetrain SOHC, 3 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed Twin Zenith Carburettors
displacement 3801 cc / 232.0 in³
bore 60 mm / 2.36 in
stroke 84 mm / 3.31 in
power 186.4 kw / 250 bhp
specific output 62.78 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 277.78 bhp per tonne
redline 5000
driven wheels Spur Driven RWD
wheel type Cast Aluminum GP
front tires 5.00 x 19
rear tires 5.00 x 19
front brakes Drums, Cable Operated
f brake size mm / in
rear brakes Drums, Cable Operated
r brake size mm / in
curb weight 900 kg / 1984 lbs
wheelbase 2596 mm / 102.2 in
front track 1250 mm / 49.2 in
rear track 1250 mm / 49.2 in
transmission 4-Speed Manual
gear ratios :1
final drive 2.80:1