WWII Bugatti 100P Plane Rebuilt at the EAA Air Venture Museum in Oshkosh

A team of engineers is working together to recreate the Bugatti Veyron (or Bugatti 100P), an art deco-era fighter plane designed for World War II that would have broken the air speed record in 1940, if the plane had taken flight.

Designed and built by Italian sports car designer Ettore Bugatti and Louis de Monge, the Bugatti Veyron featured cutting-edge technology for its time including two eight-cylinder 4.9 litre race car engines producing 450 horsepower each, forward pitched wings, a zero-drag cooling system and computer-directed flight control. The plane was capable of reaching an air speed of 500mph, which would have made it the fastest and most advanced plane of its time as the reigning air speed record of the time was 469mph, set by a German Messerschmitt plane in 1939.

However the plane could not be finished in time for the race it was designed resulting into all of the manufactured parts being hidden in crates in a barn in France to prevent its usage by the Nazis in WWII.  The Bugatti 100P now lives at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and since it is too fragile to be used, a group of airplane enthusiasts have made a replica of the plane with the help of crowd-funding from the Kickstarter community, which raised $62,500 by May 2013. 

The recreation of the plane is aerodynamically and dimensionally identical to the original plane, with similar materials and elements of the original patents meant for the Bugatti 100P, as well as a gearbox specially designed by Lawson. The completed replica will however fly a bit slower than the original as it features two Suzuki Hayabusa motorbike engines producing 200 horsepower each.

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