Aside from the EB 110, a sports coupe that was produced in 1991 exactly 110 years after Ettore was born, Bugatti had been dormant for about 42 years from '55-'56 to '98. . Stacked with racing history and holding a strong name, Volkswagen AG wouldn't have it left to rest any longer and brought the company back to life in 1998, purchasing all trademarks and creating Bugatti Automobile S.A.S. a year later. VW quickly pushed strong out fo the gate and used long-time parters Italdesign Giugiaro S.p.A to pump out a prototype immediately. That prototype was the EB118 that you see above, a 555hp coupe that debuted at the Paris Auto Salon. Though not directly related to the Veyron, it has a few subtle style cues that would show up in later models of Bugatti supercars.