Bugatti has entered the next phase of testing for its highly anticipated Bolide hyper sports car, which promises to be the most uncompromising model ever produced by the French luxury car manufacturer.
With a limited production run of just 40 units, the Bolide is set to deliver motorsport levels of performance and engineering innovation, making it the ultimate track-only Bugatti.
The Vision Becomes a Reality
When the Bolide was first unveiled as a concept in late 2020, it presented a vision of a lightweight, track-only hyper sports car that would be built around the iconic quad-turbo W16 engine. Now, the Bolide prototype is set to become a reality as it enters its next phase of development testing.
At The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering in August 2021, Bugatti announced that the Bolide would be developed for a limited production run of just 40 units. The car is centred around the concept of creating the ultimate track-only Bugatti and is expected to be the most uncompromising model to ever emerge from Molsheim. It represents an entirely new level of engineering, aerodynamic and technological innovation, delivering incomparable performance.
Design and Performance
Bugatti started with the quad-turbo W16 engine, then built the lightest possible car around it. Its minimal bodywork is designed carefully to leverage maximum downforce, the most efficient cooling and an exceptional power-to-weight ratio. In its final form, the Bolide is expected to deliver 1,600 PS and a dry weight of only 1,450 kg to better the magical 1:1 ratio.
The Bolide is designed to be an entirely new type of Bugatti. Almost every component has been analyzed and redesigned to ensure that the car is as light, capable and reliable as possible.
The team at Bugatti has tuned the engine to deliver higher revs per minute, and it is perfectly suited for the racetrack where engine revs are consistently high. The braking system offers entirely new levels of performance and innovation, with the Bolide using heat-resistant carbon-carbon brakes that must be thoroughly warmed before they reach their peak effectiveness.
The car is fitted with Michelin slick tires that can only be found on LMDh vehicles racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
The Bolide’s design is a case of bespoke craftsmanship, and every component has been carefully engineered to fit within the incredibly compact and aerodynamic design of the car, with only millimetres to spare.
A newly shaped carbon monocoque compared to the Chiron has meant re-engineering many components, including cooling, transmission and suspension, each of which now had to be packaged within the design of the Bolide.
The Bolide Experience
The Bolide is designed to be an entirely new type of Bugatti, delivering motorsport levels of performance with a unique character.
The car is fitted with 3D-printed titanium rockers to help create intricately shaped and lightweight components, and the suspension of Bolide’s drive unit is three times stiffer than the Chiron’s, giving the driver even more precise feedback.
The engine itself is central to the Bolide experience, and it has been subtly adapted for this car’s unique character. The team has tuned the engine to deliver higher revs per minute and successfully paired it to a modified transmission designed to deliver even sharper performance.
Bugatti’s Bolide hyper sports car promises to deliver the ultimate track-only Bugatti, delivering incomparable performance and engineering innovation.
With a limited production run of just 40 units, the Bolide represents an entirely new level of engineering, aerodynamic and technological innovation, making it the most uncompromising model to ever emerge from Molsheim.
The car’s development is not just about achieving extraordinary levels of performance, but also about pushing the boundaries of engineering and technology. The Bolide is a true testament to Bugatti’s unwavering commitment to excellence in everything they do.
With its unique combination of lightweight design, powerful engine, and advanced technology, the Bolide is sure to be a game-changer in the world of track-only hyper sports cars. Its incredible speed, agility, and precision will undoubtedly set new standards for performance on the racetrack.
Bugatti has a long history of producing some of the world’s most exclusive and sought-after cars, and the Bolide is no exception. It represents the pinnacle of engineering and design, showcasing Bugatti’s expertise in creating exceptional vehicles that push the boundaries of what’s possible.
As Bugatti continues to refine the Bolide in preparation for its limited production run, the automotive world waits with bated breath for the chance to experience this incredible car in action. With its unparalleled performance and cutting-edge technology, the Bolide is sure to be a true icon of the automotive world for years to come.