US supercar specialists Casil Motors is recreating the old Bugatti EB110 as the Â£600k SP-110 Edonis Fenice
26 years ago, before VW took over the company,Â Bugatti was building the EB110. It was a pretty uncompromising and a very distinctive looking thing, and a Top Trumps favourite: powered by a 550bhp, quad-turbocharged 3.5-litre V12, the four-wheel drive EB110 had a claimed top end of 212mph.
It cost Â£285,500 new, the equivalent of around Â£520,000 today. Now, Las Vegas-based â€˜bespoke supercar specialistsâ€™ CasilÂ Motors is aiming to build 15 examples of its SP-110 Edonis Fenice,Â at prices starting from around Â£600,000.
The SP-110 isnâ€™t a direct descendant of the EB110. Itâ€™s actually an evolution of the B Engineering Edonis, which was put together by a bunch of ex-BugattiÂ employees in 2001 after the Italian rebirth of the famous French brand went pop in 1995.
That B Engineering EdonisÂ had an aluminium bodyÂ based on a modified version of the EB110’s carbonfibreÂ monocoque chassis, a number of which had been bought from the old Bugatti factory. The motive force was provided by a 720bhp, twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre development of the Bugatti’s 550bhp, quad-turbo 3.5 V12. They binned the 4WD transmission in favour of a rear-drive setup running a six-speed manual gearbox as per the EB110.
It was a serious car. The head engineer was Nicola Materazzi, who had form on theÂ Lancia Stratos,Â Ferrari Testarossa,Â Ferrari F40, and FerrariÂ Formula 1 carsÂ in addition to the EB110, and the plan was to build 21 Edoni (?), but it never happened.
Luckily, B Engineering carried on providing servicing facilities for EB110 owners, a useful state of affairs that was doubtless a contributing factor to Casilâ€™s decision toÂ buy the Edonis rights in 2017.
Now, Casil Motors is funding production of the SP-110 at B Engineering’s Italian workshop. Itâ€™s calling it “the ultimate analogue supercar”.
Given that Autocar described the original EB110 as â€œsensationally dynamic, but useable every dayâ€, despite not developing its peak power until 8000rpm â€“ a nice excuse to poke the beast to ear-splitting levels (Knightsbridge residents beware) â€“ Casil could be right about theÂ potential of the substantially powered-up SP-110. Using that B Engineering 720bhp 3.8 V12 engine in a unique, fully homologated, Bugatti-produced EB110 chassis, theyâ€™re claiming a 0-60mph time of 3.4sec, a 0-100mph time of 8.2sec and a top whack of 220mph.
If you fancy the idea of becoming an early adopter of a late bloomer, Casil Motors is now taking surprisingly small $2500 deposits against orders. As youâ€™d expect, youâ€™ll be invited to play a role in creating your own bespoke interior, using a range of exterior paint colours that will include original EB110 hues.