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Volume 29 (2024), Issue 1

Dieter Rieke drawings

What if Bugatti had never stopped making cars, airplanes and more?

Dieter Rieke was featured before in the Bugatti Revue, then with a series of "What if" designs, that might have been made in period. (almost)
This new series of drawings goes forward to the current day, what if Bugatti had never stopped making cars, airplanes and more? Dieter has the following comments about his designs:

In 1963, the Bugatti factory was sold to Hispano Suiza. Neither Roland Bugatti nor any of the company's other directors could prevent this, though the company never went bankrupt. The time of small series manufacturers in the automotive industry was over. Many years later the company was revived again with the well-known result. Small series manufacturers find it almost impossible to survive financially without support. This sad story made me think about what could have happened if the company had managed to become a corporation by diversifying its offerings (as Ettore had been thinking before the war, ed.). The idea had something. Bugatti produced various cars, trains and engines. At that time they were also involved in the production of fighter aircraft and the motorization of boats.

Based on the products back then, I thought about what the offering would look like today. Sports cars, sports coupes and limousines would be the classic portfolio. Pickup, boat and plane would be added. Instead of the train, I preferred to design a truck that can also be used as a road train.

A lot of things are self-explanatory through the drawings. Regarding the construction of the aircraft, it should be said that the engine is located at the bottom of the fuselage and drives the propeller via a transmission. This means the center of gravity is at the bottom and the aircraft is not top-heavy. The wing ends can be removed so that the aircraft can also be transported over roads. The boat is the maximum size to be transported on the trailer of the truck.

For the perspective representations, I chose backgrounds that I borrowed from the paintings of Caspar David Friedrich (German Romanticism 1774 to 1840). The reason for this: Both Bugatti and Friedrich created aesthetics in simplicity.

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