Last Call: Le Pur Sang Edition

The Bugatti 100P racing plane was Ettore Bugatti’s masterstroke. His intent was to place his high-performance automotive engines in an aircraft in order to impress the French Government, which was seeking a defensive weapon ahead of the looming war. Bugatti’s design featured two off-set 4.9-litre 8-cylinder engines, each supercharged, and driving counter-rotating propellers via driveshafts that bracketed the cockpit. A radical “Y” shaped empennage would act as both stabilizer and aid in air extraction through the fuselage-mounted vents.
The war that was the impetus for Bugatti’s foray into the air also sealed its death knell, as the invading German army forced its development to a halt. The one prototype survived however, and today is displayed at the AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
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  1. Van_Sarockin Avatar

    A crazy/wonderful concept in its time. I believe those engines went on to power trains.

  2. Batshitbox Avatar

    100P ?!? I still only have 92p on Atomic Toasters.

  3. Rover 1 Avatar
    Rover 1

    Another success for Bugatti marketing.
    Would anyone take this plane over a Spitfire or a Mustang or a BF109 or a FW190 or an AirCobra?
    It’s certainly striking looking; but that mechanical layout? Vibration induced from driveshaft joint angularity will be worse than any helicopter. I’d say enough to induce blurred vision in the pilot.

    1. Jeepster Avatar

      FW190 and the screaming BMW 801 radial ! What a machine.

      1. Rover 1 Avatar
        Rover 1

        Or the Rolls Royce( and Packard variants) Merlin.

  4. Sjalabais Avatar

    Can I borrow your brainpower? After changing the cabin filter my radio stopped playing. Or more accurately: There’s no audible sound, even though it seems to be working, both USB, CD and radio. The CD gets ejected and goes in again. Songs play according to the display and, no, mute is off. The cables sit tight as if mounted by some kind of inhuman audiogod. Everything looks like it is supposed to be. My only lead is that there appears to be some kind of goo on top of the DIN-unit – it might be AC cleaner fluid. But why should that leak out of airtight HVAC channels, why would it so surgically remove the sound, even though the CD player sits on top inside the unit? The fluid was also liquid as water and there shouldn’t be a chance that it “gooified” instantly like that. Cables around the cabinfilterbox are checked, too, they did not affect the “playing” unit. I have no clue what is wrong here, actually.
    This is very similar to what I sprayed into the vents you see in the photo above, just specifically for cars:

    1. Rover 1 Avatar
      Rover 1

      Check ALL the speaker cable connections? ( Using a multimeter. )

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        Ok, that’s what I was too lazy to do yesterday. What do I do when I find a dead cable? Is that the same as finding a blown capacitor, as SMcM suggests?

        1. Rover 1 Avatar
          Rover 1

          Sean is probably right. But fault-finding is just eliminating possibilities. Wiring is easy. If it’s broken, bypass it with another one.

    2. Sean McMillan Avatar
      Sean McMillan

      probably a blown capacitor in the power amp circuit

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        How do I identify and fix that?

        1. Sean McMillan Avatar
          Sean McMillan

          if you open up the radio and look at the circuit board, a bad cap will look bulged out on the top, if not completely blown open. Also look for signs of smoke or burning on the board. If you can still read the specs on it, then its easy enough to find a replacement and solder it in. pay attention to the polarity. they have a white stripe on one side that indicates the negative pole. hope that helps.

          1. Sjalabais Avatar

            Excellent, thank you! This is above my skill level (soldering) so I’ll have a look at if it’s still under warranty and hope that whatever happened isn’t my fault.

  5. onrails Avatar

    There’s a group out there building one of these to actually see how it flies. I think it’ll be powered by twin Huyabusa engines, but the layout, etc seems to be true to the original. I really wonder how far back the CG is and it’s aero agility/stability because of the ‘mid engine’ layout. The pilot is pretty far forward to offset, but should be an interesting thing to fly.

  6. marmer Avatar

    I thought the Bugatti name lived on in aircraft landing and braking systems and the Hispano-Suiza name lived on in aircraft power transmission systems. Both part of French conglomerate SAFRAN.