Lady Bug Divo gets diamond-shaped spots
Paintwork took two years to make right
Bugatti has done an amazing job of turning what is essentially one car into a massive range of high-dollar one-off specials. The Lady Bug is the latest, a red and black car that took two years to make and wears a paint scheme that’s almost whimsical as far as 1,500 hp cars go.
The automaker says that a US collector wanted a geometric pattern of diamond shapes with a colour contrast and they were more than happy to make the dream a reality. They began with the colours, one called Customer Special Red, the other Graphite, and then created a diamond pattern that was designed to cover the front over the sides and to the rear in a way that matched the silhouette of the Bugatti Divo.
Bugatti says it took a year and a half to implement the graphics, but said that “few could have predicted how complex and difficult it would be to paint the diamonds onto the car body.” Because the CAD digital patterns looked great, but the 2D-printed diamonds became distorted when applied to the surface of the car. Bugatti said that just a single mm could ruin the Lady Bug’s appearance. They also had to match perfectly with the roofline, doors, and fender edges.
They ended up with a 1,600-diamond pattern that looks stunning. Six films were applied to test the pattern, taxing the craftspersons and Bugatti to match CAD to reality and ensure everything matched up. The company nearly gave up before finally getting it right.
“The thought of this project becoming a reality was not only exciting but a dream of mine. I was absolutely floored upon delivery. Working with the Bugatti design team on the Lady Bug’s production was an exceptional experience, not only in the true dedication to the flawless execution of the one of a kind design but also in the dedication at all levels involved in the final presentation of the vehicle,” said the new owner.
The standard car is 5 million euros, and with the amount of work that’s gone into the paint of this car, we can’t imagine just how much that’s climbed. But it’s great to look at.