With the Bugatti Altess concept, you buy one car and you get one free. The car can either be used as a fully enclosed grand tourer – where the occupants are wafted along in typical Bugattian-luxury. Or as a hardcore gentleman’s racer where the driver and passenger sit in the open air with only a small windscreen for protection. The concept was created by Amadou Ndiaye, an industrial designer based in Montreal, Canada.
The design of the Bugatti Altess was inspired by the flowing lines of the Bugatti Atlantic from the 1930s, and both cars features a spine which bisects the car – although on the Altess it is considerably more subtle. But it only emulates the Atlantic when the coupe-style body is attached. If the owner fancies a day at the track, or just wants to get some extra sun, they can remove the majority of the bodywork, including hood, roof, windows and rear quarter panels, and replace it with a lightweight single-piece panel which provides just enough protection for the occupants. This conversion effectively turns it into an open wheel sportscar which looks like a modern version of the Bugatti Type 35.
Personally, I prefer the look of the Altess when it’s in its stripped down form. It has a more appealing shape, and is very different to anything else currently available. Unfortunately, no one will ever have the dilemma of having to choose between coupe or roadster, as the Altess isn’t an official Bugatti concept, and therefore a production run is out of the question.
Source: Coroflot/amadeus All information supplied by Amadou Ndiaye.