Bugatti 57-SC Atlantic 1938 GLOSTER GLADIATOR zw.psd
The Bugatti 1957-SC Atlantic is one of the most desirable and successful of the many models that comprise the Vintage Class types of Bugatti cars. Constructed from the body of the last restored Bugere Type 37 and using a body style that Bugatti calls "Aqua," the car borrows its styling from the Type 38 Grand Prix race car. The most important part of this restoration was the use of a high-performance fiberglass body, which ensured that the natural lines of the old car were retained, even though the bodywork had been significantly updated. In keeping with the original design, the most striking feature of this restored car is the two large air ducts located behind the front wheels.
Designed to maximize down force and drag, the new air dam system can be seen from all angles and helps to increase down force by decelerating the car's overall speed. Because of the extra drag created by the air dam, the engine starts to slow down, which in turn lowers the center of gravity of the car and improves handling on the straights. This air-flow separation also helps the designers to achieve a higher top speed by allowing additional energy to be directed into the drive system.
Bugatti designed the 1957-SC Atlantic with a number of advanced features that make it different from most sports cars at the time. High profile Brembo brakes are paired with a four-wheel drive that utilizes a special magnesium-alloy rotary damper that works to reduce lift by channeling cooling air through the blockages. A combination of Brembo and magnesium makes these brakes effective on surfaces like asphalt and concrete, while the result is fluid and heat dissipation, allowing the brakes to remain open during a high-speed corner. The side skirts, air vents, and a rear diffuser further improve high-speed driving, as well as added down force. Finally, Bugatti designed and built the suspension to work with the air flow and provide optimal handling.