The Bugatti Bolide that was introduced in 2020 features a track machine capable of 1,825 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 1,360 pound-feet of torque from 2,000 rpm. This jump of power is credited to the new development of W16 quad turbochargers, as well as a variety of measures where the base weight of the vehicle is now lighter at 2,734 pounds. This is equivalent to the weight of an average European compact car. Naturally, the weight is added on by adding the necessary fluids such as fuel, oil, etc. When fueled and ready to go, this hypercar Bugatti can rocket from 0 to 62 miles per hour in merely 2.17 seconds. From 0 to 124 miles per hour, this is done in a matter of 4.36 seconds.
World's Most Beautiful Car
At the 36th Festival Automobile International held in Paris, France, the Bugatti Bolide was voted the most beautiful vehicle in the hypercar category by an impressive panel of expert judges. Built as the most track-friendly hypercar to come from the Bugatti line, the Bolide features a number of air ducts and exquisite front-end design as well as a significantly more aerodynamic Formula 1 style as opposed to the typical hyper sports car. Sitting exceptionally low with a ground-hugging seat position, the Bolide also has an air intake scoop on the roof. The striking rear diffuser is combined with the dominant rear wing that provides extreme levels of downforce for optimal traction at high-speed corners. Bugatti's design team admits the Bolide posed quite a different challenge as they opted to rebuild the heart of the W16 quad-turbocharged engine with the bare minimum to create the most extreme Bugatti yet. The key was to focus on the technical requirements of the Bolide by function first, then form. This four-month digital process served as something like a mental experiment, according to the design team as they strove to craft the most perfect Bugatti machine to date. They wanted to go back to Bugatti's 1920 roots where they first took the world by storm with their extremely lightweight, yet nimble cars that were just as beautiful on the surface as they were to drive.
From mental experiment to physical, the Bugatti Bolide will take its new hyper sports car concept through a 3-year production journey with very few changes other than optimizing its design, aerodynamics, quality, and safety features. The curb weight for the Bolide is 1,450 kilograms (2,734 pounds) that feature a 0.9 per PS weight-to-power ratio when 98 RON gas is used. The inspiration behind this hypercar's design comes from monocoque and all its titanium components. The body panels are fabricated with carbon fiber, and the signature "X" dons its aggressive statement similar to the previously conceptual design of the Bugatti Vision Le Mans. The Bolide's track-focused, distinctive personality extends to its interior, which borrows parts from the Chiron 7, to maintain its functionality as purely a racing vehicle. Scheduled for release in 2024, there is a production limit of only forty units scheduled. The net price for each Bugatti Bolide is set at over $4 million euros ($4.69 million USD). If you intend to buy yourself a Bugatti Bolide, sorry, all forty units have already been sold. It has been promised by Bugatti that each unit will resemble the prototype they first revealed to the public in October 2020. The only differential may be in the engine itself, but just like the prototype, each Bolide is designed specifically as a racecar only as it serves as the last hurrah for the Bugatti's W16 powerplant.
Specifications and Performance
Breaking it down, the Bugatti Bolide is an 8-liter quad-turbo W16 engine with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that's been used in the Bugatti Chiron model. The enhanced development of the Bolide features 1,824 horsepower with a torque performance of 1,364.5 lb-ft. This increase of power is credited to the larger blades in the turbochargers, as well as the orientation of the turbochargers in specific. This allows for maximum horsepower. The curb weight of the Bugatti Bolide is 2,733 pounds and can accelerate to its top speed of 311 kph (500 mph) in a matter of just slightly over 20 seconds. Overall, according to computer simulations, the Bugatti Bolide's speed performance falls just four seconds shy of the world's current record holder, namely the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo. Also according to simulation projections, the Bolide's lap time at the Circuit de la Sarthe scored at 3.071 minutes, which is 7.6 seconds faster than the Toyota TS050, which is officially recorded as the track's top speed, which lapped at 3.147 minutes.
Body and Chassis
- Class - Track day car
- Body Style - 2-door coupe
- Layout - Mid-engine, All Wheel Drive
- Engine - 8.0L (488 cubic inches) quad-turbocharged W 16
- Power Output - 1,360 kW (1,825 hp: 1,850 PS)
- Transmission - 7-speed dual-clutch automatic
- Wheelbase - 2,750 mm (108.3 inches)
- Length - 4,750 mm (187.0 inches)
- Width - 1,990 mm (78.3 inches)
- Height - 995 mm (39.2 inches)
- Curb Weight - 1,240 kg (2,733.4 pounds)
The aerodynamics of the Bolide allow it to distribute more than 5,800 pounds of downforce at 199 miles per hour, with 4,000 pounds at the rear wing and an additional 1,800 at the front wing. The air scoop serves as a home for golf ball-style indents that flare up when racing at high speeds. This smooths the airflow, reducing the aerodynamic drag by ten percent, as well as taking down the lift force by seventeen percent. According to Daniel Golson of Roadshow, the Bugatti Bolide is an "insane track-only hypercar with morphing skin."
Bugatti Bolide On Video
Featured on YouTube is the introduction of the Bugatti Bolide. Throughout the 13-minute presentation, the viewer how the Bolide comes to become what's been classified as the world's most beautiful car. From the presentation of NM2255, the Bugatti Bolide gives a taste of what's underneath the hood when the hypercar's engine is fired up by its driver. Frank Heyl is the designer of the Bugatti Bolide, who goes over the features with Motor1, which is shared on their YouTube channel. Even with only forty units made, which are already bought and paid for, these hypercars will no doubt make even more great impressions once they start racing around the track.
Written by Benjamin Smith
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