Bugatti’s latest creation, the Bolide, is a track-only beast that proves it’s much more than just a modified Chiron. With the expertise of the skilled engineers from Molsheim, this hypercar boasts a brand-new carbon fiber monocoque that not only offers enhanced rigidity and strength but also meets the LMH and LMDh regulations for endurance race cars.
To comply with the strict crash test requirements for a track-focused vehicle, the Bolide had to undergo several changes compared to its road-going counterpart. The latest images of the car reveal its naked appearance, showcasing the impressive and robust monocoque. With a design straight out of a Mad Max movie, the Bolide is undoubtedly an imposing sight.
Bugatti’s dedication to safety is evident in the rigorous tests the Bolide had to pass. In order to receive the stamp of approval from the FIA, the A-pillar had to withstand a load of 16,534 pounds without deflecting more than 1.97 inches. Additionally, the area within a 3.93-inch radius of that point also had to endure the heavy load. Impressively, the Bolide showed no signs of cracking during this test and performed exceptionally well in other evaluations.
The Bolide’s performance is expected to be nothing short of extraordinary. The mighty 8.0-liter W16 engine, equipped with four turbochargers, has been positioned 2.3 inches further forward compared to the “standard” model. With a dry weight of only 3,197 pounds, this hypercar packs a punch with its colossal power output of 1,577 horsepower and 1,180 lb-ft of torque. These remarkable figures, combined with the low curb weight, guarantee mind-blowing acceleration and exhilarating driving dynamics.
Bugatti has also gone to great lengths to ensure the Bolide’s handling is second to none. The car features an all-wheel-drive system with electronically controlled differentials that optimally distribute power to the four center-lock wheels. This setup, along with bespoke Michelin Pilot Sport tires, guarantees exceptional grip and agility on the racetrack.
Safety is of utmost importance, and Bugatti hasn’t compromised in this area either. The Bolide comes equipped with a military-grade fire extinguisher in case of emergencies. Furthermore, the driver and passenger are secured by an FIA-approved six-point harness system and sit on LMH-compliant seats with a HANS system for enhanced safety measures.
Limited to just 40 units, the Bolide has already been sold out. The lucky owners can expect delivery of their hypercars in 2024. This exclusive model, along with the Mistral roadster limited to 99 examples, marks the end of an era for Bugatti’s powerful W16 engine. As the Chiron’s successor approaches, the world awaits the revelation of an unknown hybrid powertrain that will undoubtedly set a new standard for performance and innovation.