Drawing upon the performance of the Caudron C460, which shared some technology with the Bugatti, as a comparison I think 400+ mph might be realistic.How fast? As far as I know, the fastest it has flown so far (original or replica) is zero.
I'm not maligning the plane, just saying it has to prove itself first. I have always admired the design.
Let's just say that it is likely to be a structurally sound aircraft, but that is mainly due to the gap filling qualities of modern epoxy.What does "functional" in this context mean ?...form follows function...or fiasco ?
They had gap fillers back in the thirties too.Let's just say that it is likely to be a structurally sound aircraft, but that is mainly due to the gap filling qualities of modern epoxy.
I’m no master craftsman… but even with that premise, I’d be hesitant to show off workmanship like that at a local fly in, let alone center stage at OSH.
de Havilland DH.88 CometThey had gap fillers back in the thirties too.
When have you EVER seen another aircraft besides the Model 100 where the fuselage was an all-wood monocoque laminate?
Which is - to me - the bottomline of the design. It would most definitely end up on the "subzero" section of Topgear, but apart from that it's just a nice collection of ideas and some engineering calcs, not too different from the Moller Skycar or the nice pictures of rendered "designs" of "revolutionary" aircraft.The Bugatti 100P, while very attractive, is not the first or last wooden monococque monoplane, but it should be kept in persective that unlike all the ones I listed, it never actually flew.