The Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport on the iconic La Turbie Hill Climb
We all know Bugatti has an amazing pedigree, over 100 years of automotive history, and today they took an amazing car onto the iconic La Turbie Hill Climb, north of the Principality of Monaco, overlooking the Mediterranean sea, a uniquely finished Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport, to mimic the drive Jean Mabille made exactly a century ago when he took a Bugatti Type 13 onto the same La Turbie Hill Climb back in 1922, trying to navigate each of the rather dangerous corners of this road, trying to avoid catastrophic mistakes over the 6.3 kilometers of the road ahead.
In 1922 Jean Mabille won the eighth edition of La Turbie hill climb with a time of 6 minutes and 24 seconds over 6.3 kilometers of potholes, sand, and stones, today the road is in better conditions, but the dangerous curves remain, and while Ettore Bugatti and the numerous onlookers were really impressed a century ago, image their surprise when they would see a stunning Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport coming by, slightly faster probably, but still an automotive work of art nonetheless, just like Ettore’s cars 100 years ago.
The famous La Turbie hill climb brings a feeling of exhilaration among car enthusiasts because the village of La Turbie sits about 450 meters above Monaco, more specifically on the Tête de Chien cape, the hill climb was made famous ever since the first Speed Week held in Nice back in 1897, when various cars lined up in multiple competitions for the first time, one of those competitions was the illustrious hill climb from Nice to La Turbie, marking the very first-ever recorded hill climb for automobiles. This would become the first race in the European hill climbing season over the years that followed, with racing drivers and marques gathering here to demonstrate the speed and reliability of their vehicles, back in 1922 the main goal was to reach the finish line, not to shave tenths of a second of the time.
“With its victory in the famous La Turbie hill climb 100 years ago, Bugatti demonstrated that its vehicles offered incomparable performance with their high quality, high-grade materials, and workmanship. We have maintained this tradition to this day and are also taking it into the future. It is therefore entirely fitting for the Chiron Pur Sport to celebrate the centenary of this achievement a modern day expression of the experience and engineering knowledge Bugatti gained all that time ago”, says Christophe Piochon, President of Bugatti Automobiles.
This specific Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport is finished in an amazing silver and green combination, this specific derivation of the Chiron is a perfect ‘modern-day’ interpretation of the famous Bugatti Type 13 that took the hill climb 100 years ago, the Pur Sport edition comes with bespoke high-downforce aerodynamics, a modified chassis, and shorter transmission ratios which allowed Bugatti to calibrate this car for both agility and handling of the highest level … this is pure driving performance which makes the Pur Sport the most agile edition in the Chiron range.