In March 1922, behind the wheel of the Bugatti Type 13, Jean Mabille claimed victory at France’s historic hill climb course, the La Turbie. 100 years later, Bugatti retraced their grueling yet rewarding journey with the most agile Bugatti yet – the Chiron Pur Sport.

The La Turbie hill climb at the north of the Principality of Monaco overlooking the Mediterranean sea, is filled with sharp corners and steep inclines that it demands the complete concentration of the driver. A small mistake can mean the difference between victory or failure.

A century ago, Jean Mabille had his sights set on victory and his eyes on the road as he maneuvered the Type 13 perfectly through all the twists and turns of the La Turbie. It was definitely a challenge as the road course was filled with potholes, sand, and stones.

In the 6.3 kilometer long course, Jean Mabille performed perfectly in the Type 13 Bugatti, which was also flawless in its performance allowing it to claim victory after at the eighth edition of La Turbie.

Ettore Bugatti was thrilled, and those who watched the event were impressed. To celebrate Jean Mabille’s victory in the Type 13, Bugatti went back to the French route in a unique Chiron Pur Sport, considered to be the modern equivalent of the agile, reliable, and inspiring creation of Ettore Bugatti.

La Turbie hill climb evokes a feeling of exhilaration in motorists. The village of La Turbie is roughly 450 meters above Monaco on the Tête de Chien cape. In 1897, when the first Speed Week was held in Nice, cars were lined up for different competitions which included the hill climb. It started from Nice and ending in La Turbie. It was the first recorded hill climb for automobiles. Eventually, it became the first race during the European hill climbing season. In the succeeding years, racing drivers and marques get together at la Turbie to show the agility and reliability of their vehicles. A century ago, the hill climb concentrated more on simply crossing the finishing line and not about being the fastest.

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Since 2020, in their Atelier in Molsheim, Bugatti has been producing hyper sports cars that correctly represents their predecessors like the Type 13. The Chiron Pur Sport has high-downforce aerodynamics, shorter transmission ratio, newly developed chassis and it was specifically calibrated by Bugatti to deliver exceptional handling, agility, and quite simply pure driving pleasure. All the mentioned traits has made the Pur Sport the most agile model of the Chiron line, building on the philosophy of the legendary Type 13.

Wrapped in beautiful silver and green livery, the Chiron Pur Sport also drove on the hill climb route through La Turbie to retrace the century-old tracks of the Type 13.

Bugatti Automobiles President Christophe Piochon shared, “With its victory in the famous La Turbie hill climb 100 years ago, Bugatti demonstrated that its vehicles offered incomparable performance with their high quality, high-grade materials, and workmanship. We have maintained this tradition to this day and are also taking it into the future. It is therefore entirely fitting for the Chiron Pur Sport to celebrate the centenary of this achievement a modern day expression of the experience and engineering knowledge Bugatti gained all that time ago.

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By: Reggie
Title: Bugatti Honors Type 13’s Racing Success At La Turbie
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Published Date: Mon, 04 Apr 2022 17:58:48 +0000

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