Bugatti has unveiled the highly-customized Divo ‘Lady Bug’. Created in close collaboration with its customer, the extraordinary hyper sports car is tailored with a one-of-a-kind custom paint scheme among other truly unique features.
Shortly after the world premiere of the Divo in August 2018, the collector from the USA envisioned a hyper sports car with a geometric-dynamic algorithmic fading pattern consisting of diamond shapes in a unique color contrast on its bodywork. The Bugatti design and development team developed the special colors ‘Customer Special Red’ and ‘Graphite’ to achieve the contrasting effect. The diamond pattern was designed to run precisely from the front over the sides to the rear.
In the timeframe of around two years, the Bugatti design and development team implemented complex technical and graphic solutions. A diamond pattern design with around 1,600 diamonds was printed on six-meter-long films that were later applied precisely to the body of a test vehicle to check the pattern. With considerable craftsmanship and skill, the designers finally pulled the film over the deeply concave surface without the diamonds becoming distorted or developing folds.
The diamonds in the film are separated and transferred onto a transfer film, which is then stuck onto the body. Each one of the approximately 1,600 diamonds is checked and realigned if necessary. The film was applied to the roofline first with millimeter precision. Employees checked each and every diamond over several days to ensure that they were positioned accurately, trimming them if necessary or replacing the shapes.
After that, ‘Graphite’ and clear coat were applied on top of the effect paint ‘Customer Special Red’ in order to invert the pattern. As part of this process, the paintwork was sanded, smoothed, checked, retouched and then re-sanded.
The Divo is powered by Bugatti’s iconic 1,500 PS, 8-liter W16 engine, with a top speed restricted to 380 km/h. The Divo is limited to just 40 units in total, each priced at 5 million euros net plus options, and produced in the Atelier in Molsheim.
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