Ettore Bugatti’s Incredible Story Lives On in Pur Sang Argentina’s Type 35B

first_imgPrevious This 1949 Barn Find Coupe Was Resurrected As a 638-Horsepower Hellraiser Next Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH 1 of 15 A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing center_img Editors’ Recommendations 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now It’s time for an automotive history lesson.Turn back the clock to 1924. Ettore Bugatti, an Italian-born French designer, had just put the finishing touches on his latest project, the Type 35 prototype. In the six years that followed, the Type 35 would become the company’s most successful race car — reportedly winning more motorsport competitions than any other model from any manufacturer in history.To put a number on it, the Type 35 is estimated to have won over 1,000 races. Among the victories, the Type 35 won the 1926 Grand Prix World Championship, five consecutive Targa Florio victories (1925-1929), and the inaugural Monaco Grand Prix in 1929.Some of the most iconic pre-WWII drivers spent time behind the wheel of the Type 35, including Rene Dreyfus, Louis Chiron (whose name graces the latest Bugatti supercar), and Pierre Veyron (another name we won’t soon forget).Around the time of the second World War, exclusive European cars began trickling into South America. Without a steady supply of spare parts, the region was forced to create infrastructure to reproduce its own.Decades later, a revival began in Argentina. Skills that had been passed down through generations were used to restore these legendary race cars. Pur Sang, which means “pure blood” or “thoroughbred” in French, began specializing in pre-WWII models during the 1980s. To create the most meticulous restorations, Pur Sang made its own tools for production based on original blueprints for the Type 35 engine and other components.The Pur Sang Argentina Type 35B is the result of that labor. Using the same techniques as Ettore himself, the restored Type 35 is a perfect recreation of the original. From the hand-turned finishes on the instrument panel to the English wheel-made carriage, to the original square bolts. Every detail is to spec and every car made to order.There are a few modern touches, however. CNC machining ensures accuracy and repeatability for critical components. Ettore was a mastermind of several forward-thinking engineering practices, including the first-ever aluminum alloy wheels, integrated brake drums in the wheel spokes to dissipate heat, equalized brake bias at all four corners, a hollow front axle to reduce unspring weight, and a two-piece crankcase to make the 2.3-liter straight-eight engine part of the vehicle.Once customers place their order, they can begin customizing their personal Type 35B. Each build takes about 90 days and Pur Sang receives roughly 20 orders per year. To date, Pur Sang has delivered dozens of cars to over 20 countries worldwide. Prominent Pur Sang customers include members of the Bugatti family, members of royal families, and Jay Leno. The Fine Art of Restoring a 1974 Range Rover Classiclast_img read more

Contractor killed at Suncor Energy mining site north of Fort McMurray

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — An Alberta labour spokesman says a contract worker has died at Suncor Energy’s Millennium mine north of Fort McMurray.Trent Bancarz says a man in his 30s was digging a trench this morning when he was buried.His name has not been releasedThe man was employed by Aecom mining.Bancarz says Suncor (TSX:SU) notified the department this morning.RCMP are investigating alongside occupational health and safety officials.