I don’t pretend to be a car whiz. I essentially know the difference between a standard and automatic, and we’ll just leave it there. Even so, while I know nothing about the engine, I can speak to the body shell and various elements––fuel door, badge and hubcap detail––of this sexy super car, which are made from Royal Porcelain.
Worth millions, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport L’Or Blanc (read: White Gold) is the result of a collaboration between French car manufacturer Bugatti and Berlin’s Royal Porcelain Factory (KPM), the manufacturer writes, keeping in the tradition of Bugatti’s founder’s predilection for unconventional materials.
This is faithful to tradition of Bugatti founder Ettore Bugatti, who also liked to experiment with new materials not normally used in cars. The catalyst for the collaboration was Rembrandt Bugatti’s famous elephant. Initially, the Royal Porcelain Factory planned to simply produce a porcelain figure of the elephant, the idea of also creating a service came up––and the final result was this extraordinary, unique Grand Sport.
The Bugatti designers were inspired by the craftsmen at KPM as they hand paint porcelain. The designers realized the art of painting a brush stroke is similar to the process car designers use, according to the video below.
As ceramic artists and curious ceramophiles here, we wondered how the car remains intact. According to the video, the porcelain went through impact and wear testing to ensure it doesn’t break on the road.
Watch as presenter Supercar Blondie gets exclusive access of the car.