The Bugatti 100P racing plane was Ettore Bugatti’s masterstroke. His intent was to place his high-performance automotive engines in an aircraft in order to impress the French Government, which was seeking a defensive weapon ahead of the looming war. Bugatti’s design featured two off-set 4.9-litre 8-cylinder engines, each supercharged, and driving counter-rotating propellers via driveshafts that bracketed the cockpit. A radical “Y” shaped empennage would act as both stabilizer and aid in air extraction through the fuselage-mounted vents.
The war that was the impetus for Bugatti’s foray into the air also sealed its death knell, as the invading German army forced its development to a halt. The one prototype survived however, and today is displayed at the AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.