Bugatti unveiled the Bolide, a hypercar dedicated to the track offering an unprecedented weight/power ratio of only 0.67 kg per horse.
This is just an experimental study. At least for now. After a few teaser images published in recent days, the Alsatian manufacturer has finally lifted the veil on its new creation. Bugatti presents the Bolide as a simple exercise to see what an extremely light vehicle built around its iconic 8.0-liter W16 engine would look like. In the words of Bugatti CEO Stephan Winkelmann, the Bolide has “only four wheels, an engine, a gearbox, a steering wheel and, as the only luxury, two seats.
Conceived as the ultimate spearhead of the brand, the Bolide combines the Chiron-derived W16 with a lightweight body and aerodynamic design for optimum support. Here, the W16 has been heavily modified to develop 1,850 horsepower and 1,850 Nm of torque… 1,850 Nm too! But the most impressive feature is certainly its dry weight: only 1.240 kg. This is the first indication of why Bugatti promises such astonishing performance.
A Formula 1 Bugatti?
To make the Bolide so light, Bugatti used only titanium screws and fasteners, ceramic brakes, and of course a lot of carbon fiber for the monocoque and other components. Described as “the most extreme, fastest and lightest vehicle concept in the recent history of the company”, the Bugatti Bolide is theoretically capable of reaching a top speed of well over 500 km/h.
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According to Bugatti’s simulations, the Bolide performs 0 to 100 km/h in 2.17 seconds, 0 to 200 km/h in 4.36 seconds, 0 to 300 km/h in 7.37 seconds, 0 to 400 km/h in 12.08 seconds and 0 to 500 km/h in 20.16 seconds! Excuse the completeness of the data, but these figures are still surprising. Furthermore, Bugatti claims that the Bolide would need only 3: 07.1 minutes to complete a lap of the famous Le Mans 24 Hours circuit, while the absolute record is held by an LMP1 and took 10 seconds longer.
Will it really see the light of day?
With its extreme look, huge spoiler, a scoop on the roof, huge wheels and crazy performance, the Bolide may well revolutionize the world of motorsport… if it’s real one day. You should know that at 320 km/h, the support force generated by the rear spoiler is 1.800 kilograms and 800 kg for the front spoiler. The Bolide is perhaps more than just an experiment, because Bugatti has suggested that it was built according to the safety requirements of the FIA.
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Does this mean that we are going to see the Bolide go into a limited series production? Bugatti says it hasn’t been decided yet, but considering the effort put into this prototype, we would say that the Bolide has a good chance of becoming the mother of all exclusive supercars.