When talking today - a quarter of a century after this impossible effort collapsed - to members of the Campogalliano team you can still feel this magical spirit of the conspired and inspired community. Many of which we spoke to become very melancholic and start to have a tremor in their voice when they remember their spell with Bugatti. Nearly everything which was done in Campogalliano was done with dedication, a rare spirit and passion. What is important more than anything and actually will stay forever is the incomparable Bugatti Automobili spirit as the company was driven and managed by true car enthusiasts. The effort not only to develop an all-new - absolute state-of-the-art supercar but also to create an all-new factory with incredible attention to detail was unheard of.
The EB 110 featured many ingenious details, included the latest technology and was full of innovations and even incorporated many "firsts" in the industry.
Clients and Journalists - as in the old days in Molsheim were eager to visit "La Fabricca Blue" and later praise the experience. Romano Artioli established his factory in the "Emila Romagna" to the proud and capable Italia supercar engineers who were not ones for leaving their home soil. He also realised that he had to face the competition and so needed to prove what his cars could achieve. He had wanted to race the EB110 and so heavily supported his clients who shared the passion to do so! He was clear that this is what it was all about and that one had to rise to the challenge and fight! All of this was not achieved by a big international group but driven by a small and dedicated team. Only after having met with many former members of the Bugatti Automobili team did we start to understand what an incredible adventure Bugatti in Campogalliano really was.
During our research for the book over many years we had the privilege to meet amoungst many others – Romano and Renata Artioli, Jean-Marc Borel, Giampaolo Benedini, Oliviero Pedrazzi, Nicola Materazzi, Loris Biccochi, Andrea Stenico and Christina Guizzardi. The spirit and obsession and above all, the enthusiasm to make this incredible project and car work can still be experienced to this day with these people 30 years later. Loris Bicocchi, former Bugatti test driver and now arguably one of the most respected supercar test drivers around summed up his years with the EB110 and Campogalliano as the best years of his life.
The book features the story of Bugatti in Campogalliano and the detailed genesis of the EB110. It features interviews with the main protagonists as well as 700-period photographs, historic images, drawings and specially comissioned artwork. The majority of which have previously never been published before. Written by Johann Petit and Pascal van Mele over two decades and edited by Julius Kruta. This publication is the first in-depth reference book on the EB110 and an ode to the courage, vision and pioneering spirit of the Campogalliano protagonists. The reader is transported through the extraordinary tale of this remarkable supercar - the Bugatti EB110 - This is the story of Romano Artioli’s burning ambition to create a world-beating car in a futuristic factory - and the tragic ending to those dreams — it reads like a Hollywood film script.