Founded in 1909 by Italian-born race car driver Ettore Bugatti in the Alsace region of what is now France, Bugatti has a long and storied history of producing some of the world's finest, fastest automobiles. Coming from a family of artists, Ettore distinguished himself in the auto industry with his stable of light, elegantly crafted creations that dominated competition, setting the standard for generations of Bugattis to come. Sadly, the Bugatti brand declined following Ettore's death in 1947, finally shutting its factory doors in 1956. After several botched attempts at a revival of the brand, German automaker Volkswagen successfully relaunched Bugatti in 2005, restoring the badge to its former glory. Adhering to Ettore's original formula for luxurious, high-powered sports cars, Bugatti has regained its place at the forefront of automotive engineering and design, with the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport laying claim to the title of the world's fastest automobile.