As Marc Devauze explains, the Type Zero was a global vehicle project, and included the virtual development of all details, from the chassis to the exterior.
The project team was composed by Marc Devauze and Anton-Lawrence Victor (team leaders), designers Yannis Tebaibi, Emeric Baudant and digital designer Geoffrey Texier.
The concept has compact dimensions and a layout centered around the driver, who can fully experience the exciting performances of this fully electric, high-performance vehicle.
The design is essential, with the trademark Bugatti grille and a body composed of two volumes visually framing the carbon fiber cell.
The side view is characterized by the C shaped openings which leave the battery packs exposed while recalling the design of the Veyron.
The drivetrain comprises four electric motors, two at the center of the front axle and two on the rear axles, close to the wheels. The battery packs are positioned along the car’s side elements and include a LCD screen that displays the current charge.
These Lithium-Air batteries are easily replaceable by the owner by opening the side doors, which pivot around the front wheels.
The central monocoque structure is made of carbon fiber and takes inspiration from the legendary Bugatti type 35, a race car which collected more than 2,000 victories in just seven years of racing, from 1924 to 1931.
The Type 35 was powered by a 1.991 liter 8 inline-cylinder engine delivering 100 hp at 5,000 rpm and coupled with a four speed manual gearbox. The weight was just 750 kg and the top speed was 185 km/h. It was produced in just 96 units.
About the Designer
Marc Devauze is a transportation design student at ISD Valenciennes France.
(Image Courtesy: Marc Devauze for Car Body Design)