Bugatti revealed a new track-only hypercar making 1,820 hp and weighing less than a Toyota 86.
Bugatti broke the production-car speed record with its Chiron Super Sport 300+, the first road-legal car to break the 300-mph barrier. However, the SSC Tuatara recently dethroned Bugatti’s hypercar, although the 331-mph top speed is still awaiting official confirmation.
Nevertheless, the French carmaker revealed the Bolide, its upcoming track-focused hypercar, which it claims could reach 310 mph, although it still hasn’t tested it.
For the record, “le Bolide,” in French, means “a very fast car.” And yes, everything sounds way cooler in French, I must admit. With that being said, the Bolide is still only a concept or an “experimental study” to showcase what Bugatti is capable of. The brand also did the same with its one-off special project La Voiture Noir, which means “the black car.”
Just like all modern Bugattis, the Bolide comes with an 8.0-liter W16 quad-turbocharged engine. However, unlike others, this engine pumps out 1,820 horsepower and 1,364 lb-ft of torque. Bugatti claims a dry weight of just 1,240 kg, resulting in a weight-to-power ratio of 0.67. Not bad, right?
To make such a huge difference in power output, Bugatti modified the engine with turbochargers producing more boost at higher engine speeds. Also, it made sure components could handle the additional stress. For better temperature management, the Bolide has an air-to-air intercooler and water pre-cooling. The lubrication system also got upgrades for better performance on the racetrack.
To put it simply, everything about this car is the ultimate version of what Bugatti stands for. The entirety of the bodywork is made from carbon fiber to reduce weight. Meanwhile, there are large openings on the front fascia for better airflow and cooling. Also, there are two openings for air on each side, one going over the door and into the radiator just behind the driver’s head, while the other channels air through the door.
The roof scoop has an innovative outer skin that forms bubbles on its surface when at high speed. Bugatti claims it reduces the aerodynamic drag by 10% and lift by 17% by streamlining the airflow into the massive rear wing. The gigantic double-layered fixed-wing produces 1,800 kg of downforce at 320 km/h (199 mph). The roof scoop connects to the rear wing by a fin-type pylon housing a camera.
Bugatti claims that the Bolide can lap the Nürburgring in 5:23:1 and the Le Mans circuit in 3:07:1, both quite astonishing lap times, although based on simulations only.
In terms of design, Bugatti has taken full advantage of the fact that the Bolide does not need to comply with any laws or face restrictions being a track-only vehicle. The aggressive lines not only help channel the air efficiently but also give the car a distinctive look.