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Encyclopedia > Bugatti Type 53

The 5.0 L (4972 cc/303 in³) engine from the Bugatti Type 50 road car was fitted to the chassis of the Type 51 racer to create the 1931 Type 53. This model was historically significant in that it used four wheel drive. The Type 53 was one of the first racing cars to attempt to drive all four wheels, though Ettore Bugatti himself had designed multi-engine all wheel drive vehicles early in his career. It was originally conceived by Giulio Cappa, who created a front wheel drive Grand Prix car in 1926. Cappa's associate, Antonio Pichetto, handled the development of the car while working at Bugatti. Bugatti is one of the most celebrated marques of automobile and the one of the most exclusive Italian/French car producers of all time. ... Type 46 Bugatti The Bugatti Type 46 and later Type 50 were large enclosed touring cars and along with the Type 50B racing version, were all produced in the 1930s. ... 1933 Bugatti Type 59 Grand Prix racer from the Ralph Lauren collection Wikimedia Commons has more media related to: Category:1933 Bugatti Type 59 Grand Prix The Type 51 series succeeded the famous Type 35 as Bugattis premier racing car for the 1930s. ... 1931 is a common year starting on Thursday. ... Four wheel drive or 4x4, is a type of four wheeled vehicle drivetrain configuration that enables all four wheels to receive power from the engine simultaneously in order to provide maximum traction. ... The Bugatti logo Bugatti is one of the most celebrated marques of automobile and the one of the most exclusive French car producers of all time. ... Front wheel drive is the most common form of engine/transmission layout used in modern automobiles, where the engine drives the front wheels. ... 1926 was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ...


The Type 53 is said to have not used universal joints, and steering difficulty was legendary. Jean Bugatti even crashed a Type 53 at Shelsley Walsh in June, 1932. Modern tests, however, have shown the car to be quite tractable at speed, and Bugatti's drawings for the Type 53 do show "Tracta" u-joints fitted in front. A universal joint, U joint or Cardan joint is a joint in a rigid rod that allows the rod to bend in any direction. ... Jean Bugatti, born January 15, 1909 - died August 11, 1939, was a French automotive designer and test engineer. ... Shelsley Walsh is a small village in Worcestershire, England. ... 1932 is a leap year starting on a Friday. ...


The Type 53 was an adept hill-climber. Louis Chiron broke the records at La Turbie and Mont Ventoux in 1932. René Dreyfus reclaimed the La Turbie record from Count Carlo Felcie Trossi in a Type 53 in 1934. Louis Alexandre Chiron, born August 3, 1899 in Monte Carlo, Monaco – died there on June 22, 1979, was a champion of Grand Prix motor racing. ... Mont Ventoux is a mountain in the south of France . ... René Dreyfus René Dreyfus (born May 6, 1905 - died August 16, 1993) was a French driver who raced automobiles for 14 years in the 1920s and 1930s, the Golden Era of Grand Prix motor racing. ... 1934 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ...


Output was over 300 hp (223 kW). Just three left the factory.


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