1931 Bugatti Type 54

1931 Bugatti Type 54

1931 Bugatti Type 54

As a stop gap bewtween planned models, Bugatti produced the Type 54. It became a synthesis of the Type 45 chassis with an eight-cylinder engine from the Type 50. It was raced actively from 1930 to 1933 and became known for its brute power among the more nimble Type 35s it replaced.

At the Monza GP in 1930, Louis Chiron and Archille Varzi raced the first two Type 54s. Varzi was able to secure third place which wasn’t bad for a car conceived and fabricated in just two weeks. A highlight victory came when Varzi won at at Avus in 1933.

In 1934 maximum weight restrictions made the Type 54 redundant. Two chassis were later converted into road cars by Bachelier and Messrs Uhlik.

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In Detail

typeRacing Car
built atFrance
block materialCast Iron
valvetrainDOHC, 2 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed2 Zenith Carburettors
displacement4972 cc / 303.41 in³
bore86 mm / 3.4 in
stroke107 mm / 4.2 in
power223.7 kw / 300 bhp
specific output60.34 bhp per litre
bhp/weight285.71 bhp per tonne
body / frameAluminum Body over Steel Frame
front brakesCable Operated Drums
rear brakesDrums
f suspensionRigid Axle w/Semi-Elliptic Leaf Springs, Friction Dampers
r suspensionLive Axle w/Reversed Quarter-Elliptic Leaf Springs, Friction Dampers
curb weight1050 kg / 2315 lbs
wheelbase2750 mm / 108.3 in
front track1350 mm / 53.1 in
rear track1350 mm / 53.1 in
transmission3-Speed Manual
top speed~200 kph / 124.20 mph
key driversLouis Chiron, Archille Varzi
race victories1933 Avus