HomeSupercarBugatti Mistral's Gear Shifter Will Remind You Of Jurassic Park: Here's Why

Bugatti Mistral’s Gear Shifter Will Remind You Of Jurassic Park: Here’s Why

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Bugatti Mistral’s amber art comes as a tribute to Rembrandt Bugatti.

The Bugatti Mistral made its debut at Monterey Car Week, and it drew a lot of attention from the automotive community. The $5 million hypercar, based on the Bugatti Chiron, has a unique gear shifter that reminds us of Jurassic Park. The amber inserts with a small dancing elephant sculpture inside the shifter are the most exciting aspect of the cabin. This is similar to the amber-covered mosquito in John Hammond’s cane in Jurassic Park.

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According to Bugatti’s Deputy Design Director Frank Heyl, the gear shifter has a yellow amber insert with an elephant inside. He also stated that the sculpture within the amber was inspired by Ettore Bugatti’s brother Rembrandt Bugatti, who was an artist and sculptor who specialised in animal sculptures.

Bugatti Royale was the first to use the dancing elephant sculptor at its front. “And [Rembrandt] painted the dancing elephant that was seen all over the world on the front of the Bugatti Royale. So we thought it would be a nice thing to put it in [the shifter], because we always associate Bugatti with this elephant “Heyl stated.

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The automaker claims that the tiny elephant is just one detail on a laundry list that also includes an illuminated “BUGATTI” lettering in the rear and vertically oriented headlights. Bugatti claims that as the W16 is making its way out in favour of electrification, Mistral comes as a sendoff to the Chiron.

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