Birth of the Bugatti

Original design sketches show how the raceplane evolved.

(Art Courtesy of The Bugatti Trust)

Modified ventral fin

Initially, only the V-tail stabilizer had inlets to collect and direct cooling air to the radiators. When airflow proved insufficient, de Monge modified the ventral fin to provide additional cooling air to the radiators. His initial change to an earlier drawing evolved quickly to the exquisitely designed ventral fin air intake seen here.

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