Bugatti Bolide (2020): the most extreme of all!

Bugatti Bolide (2020): the most extreme of all!


Bugatti presents the Bolide, a circuit hypercar with 1,850hp and only 1,240kg.

Watch out for your eyes, Bugatti presents its Bolide. Yes, Bolide is the name of the new creation from the manufacturer from Molsheim. Behind this somewhat outdated name hides the most extreme machine ever designed by the brand. This two-seater coupe takes the architecture of the Chiron but, reserved for use on the circuit, is freed from all the limitations inherent in road homologation. Bugatti thus announces an extraordinary weight / power ratio of 0.67 kg / hp.

To achieve this, the engineers pushed the power of their W16 8L four-turbo mid-rear engine to 1,850hp, i.e. 200hp more than a Chiron Super Sport 300+ or ​​a Centodieci, thanks in particular to revised turbochargers and on condition of use 110 octane competition fuel (1,600hp with SP98). The maximum torque is 1.850Nm.

A real racing car

Even more remarkable than the power, the Bolide weighs only 1,240kg dry when a Chiron displays nearly two tons, while all-wheel drive has been retained. In the carbon fiber monocoque, the cabin is “gutted” like that of a racing car. Many parts have been made of titanium or titanium-based alloy by 3D printing and the forged rims are made of magnesium, among other weight reduction measures.

On the design side, Bugatti has reduced the size of the car as much as possible while seeking maximum aerodynamic downforce. The Bolide measures 4.76m long by 2m wide and only 995mm high, with a wheelbase of 2.75m. The bodywork is hollowed out on all sides to guide the air flow, from the front scoops and side extractors to cool the brakes to the roof air intake through the gills filling the engine with air. On the downforce side, Bugatti announces 800kg at the front and 1,800kg at the rear at 320 km / h. The car has a “maximum downforce” mode and a “high speed” mode, the latter making it possible to reach a top speed “clearly above 500 km / h” according to Bugatti. We tell you more on video.

Ready for the 24 hours of Le Mans?

According to the Molsheim firm, the Bolide is theoretically capable of completing the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 5’23 “1, which would make it the second absolute best time after the Porsche 919 Evo with its 5’19” 55.

Bugatti also envisages a time of 3’07 “1 on the Le Mans circuit, which would constitute a record. This calculation is far from trivial. Bugatti indeed announces that the Bolide is designed to meet the safety standards of the FIA . From there to imagine the car taking part in an upcoming edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the new Hypercar category, there is only one step. The manufacturer remains silent on this subject, however, and indicates that a possible series production Bolide remains to be confirmed.

Bugatti presents the Bolide, an 1,850 horsepower hypercar
Bugatti presents the Bolide, an 1,850 horsepower hypercar

Bugatti presents the Bolide, an 1,850 horsepower hypercar

Bugatti unveiled the Bolide, a hypercar dedicated to the track offering an unprecedented power-to-weight ratio of just 0.67 kg per horsepower.

This is only an experimental study. At least for the moment. 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 in seeing what an extremely light vehicle would look like built around its iconic 8.0-liter W16 engine. As Bugatti CEO Stephan Winkelmann puts it, the Bolide has “only four wheels, an engine, a gearbox, a steering wheel and as the only luxury, two seats”.

Designed as the ultimate spearhead of the brand, the Bolide combines the W16 derived from the Chiron, with a lightweight body and aerodynamic work offering optimal downforce. Here, the W16 has been heavily modified to develop 1,850 horsepower and a torque of… 1,850 Nm too! But the most impressive data is certainly its dry weight: only 1,240 kg. This is what begins to understand why Bugatti promises such breathtaking performance.

A Bugatti Formula 1?

To make the Bolide so light, Bugatti only used 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 company’s recent history”, the Bugatti Bolide is theoretically capable of reaching a top speed well in excess of 500 km / h.

According to Bugatti 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 numbers are still surprising. Furthermore, Bugatti claims that the Bolide would only need 3: 07.1 minutes to complete a lap of the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans Circuit, while the all-time record is held by an LMP1 and took 10 seconds longer. .

Will she really see the light of day?

With its extreme look, its huge spoiler, a scoop on the roof, its huge wheels and its crazy performance, the Bolide could well revolutionize the world of motorsport … Well if it is real one day. You should know that at 320 km / h, the downforce generated by the rear wing is 1,800 kilograms and 800 kg for the front spoiler. The Bolide may be more than just an experiment, as Bugatti has hinted that he has built it to FIA safety requirements.

Does that mean we’ll see the Bolide go into limited-series production? Bugatti says it hasn’t been decided yet, but given the effort put into this prototype, we would say the Bolide has a good chance of becoming the mother of all exclusive hypercars.

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