Bugatti Bolide is a wild track-only hypercar


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Bugatti’s Bolide, initially a concept, is now the marque’s most ambitious project, set for limited production after a three-year development.

Priced at approximately $5.8 million, each of the 40 units features a bespoke Brembo braking system, highlighted by the largest carbon-carbon automotive setup ever produced.

The Bolide is powered by Bugatti’s 8-liter quad-turbocharged W16, delivering 1177kW and 1593Nm of torque. It boasts a remarkable 0-100 km/h time of 2.17 seconds and a top speed over 499 km/h. The car’s lightweight design, with a kerb weight of 1450kg, incorporates advanced cooling systems, 3D-printed titanium components, and innovative weight-saving techniques.

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The aerodynamics include a pushrod suspension, extreme downforce capabilities, and a ‘morphable outer skin’ on the roof-mounted intake. Bugatti aims to achieve a lateral acceleration of 2.8G, and recent real-world aerodynamic testing showcased the hypercar’s performance on the track.

Bugatti’s commitment to weight reduction extends to 3D printing and biomimicry in various components, contributing to an impressive power-to-weight ratio of 1106 kW/ton. The design, inspired by high-level motorsport, deviates significantly from the Chiron, featuring a low-slung profile reminiscent of the Bell X-1 aircraft.

The interior of the Bolide is tailored for high-performance driving, with a rearward-leaning seating position, a removable yoke-style steering wheel, and fixed seats mounted directly to the monocoque. Bugatti is nearing the end of its three-year development program, with deliveries of the 40 examples scheduled to commence later this year.

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