Bugatti has created a niche for itself in the high-performance automobile market with iconic supercars that the best of the best swear by. So how about taking a detour for a change, and see what a Bugatti performance bike of the future would look like? The brainchild of designer Patrick Pieper, this is the Bugatti Vitesse superbike that’s in a league of its own. Why I say that, well, first of all, the looks are unlike anything seen thus far. Secondly, the core design idea behind this two-wheeled monster ride imbibes in a story of its own. Virtually merging a “classic look with the latest technology and a lot of attention to detail,” as Patrick told us.
According to him, it all began when he took up the #bugatticonceptbikechallenge on Facebook for a motorbike challenge done by Bugatti enthusiasts around the globe. At that time, he made a 2D side view of the concept bike. Then after a very long lull, he decided to update it as a 3D Model with a vision to set the story on the salt flats of the Bonneville Speedway. According to Patrick, the core idea for this unique creation is to fuse the modern aesthetics of Bugatti with the nostalgic elements of the 1930’s race cars and bikes. Inspiration for the Bugatti Vitesse design comes from the 2015 Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo Concept as the c-shaped rear of the car now takes the form of the bike’s front cover. Patrick also emphasized the inspiration of the contoured aesthetics from the Mallard steam locomotive which apparently holds the speed record for steam locomotives to date. By looking at the design, it brings to mind a whale, or a large aquatic creature, worthy of the ruler of the seas!
The middle section of Vitesse done in light blue highlights the heritage of classic Bugatti race cars from the 1930s – the air vents and chrome fuel cap clearly adopt those traits. Moving on to the fuel tank and the seat column, they are milled from a single piece of aluminum – much like the taillight of the Chiron. The rear wheel is held in place by the carbon fiber clasps, and the apparent long wheelbase ensures a balanced smooth ride at high speeds. Overall, the concept bike is a true example of what a Bugatti superbike of the future could be like!
Designer: Patrick Pieper