The Bugatti Bolide was unveiled, it’s fast and awesome
The French luxury car maker developed a radically light vehicle around the iconic 8.0-liter W16 engine
The Bugatti Bolide is an extreme, uncompromisingly the fastest and lightest vehicle concept in recent company history, with an unimaginable power-to-weight ratio of 0.67 kg per horsepower.
According to some experts, it is indeed a jewel, but it is not practical. Or even less practical than the powerful multimillion-dollar two-seaters the brand usually makes. Actually it is a concept car designed solely for track driving, not for use on public roads.
The Bolide Bugatti almost achieves Formula 1 values as the top speed is well above 500 km / h – without the vehicle losing its maximum handling and agility. To go around the Le Mans circuit, the Bolide takes 3 min 07 seconds and for the Nordschleife, 5 min 23 seconds.
In designing the Bolide, emphasis was placed on reducing weight and improving aerodynamics. All the screws and fasteners in the car are made from titanium, and much of the rest of the car is made from lightweight carbon fiber and titanium alloys.
The air scoop that rises from the roof is covered in a special skin that forms blister-like bubbles at high speeds. The bubbles improve air flow over the scoop by 10% while also reducing aerodynamic lift by 17%, according to Bugatti officials.
Stefan Ellrott, head of development for Bugatti said that all the company’s expertise has been condensed into the Bugatti Bolide.
Not for sale, but should it be…
the price tag would certainly be in the multiple millions of dollars. The key piece is the 8.0-liter W16 engine, which produces 1,850 PS and 1,850 Newton-meters of torque. Bugatti designed the vehicle for use on the racetrack and specially tuned the engine and gearbox to high levels. This adjustment includes in particular the unbridling of the installation of the suction and exhaust system allowing even greater, spontaneous and extreme responsiveness to be achieved.