Bugatti Bolide: hypercar for the track has 1825bhp

Published: 28 October 2020

► Bugatti’s most extreme car yet
► F1-like weight and performance
► Clocks in at 5m 23s at the ‘Ring

How about this for hardcore? Bugatti has revealed the Bolide hypercar with some extreme details and even more extreme stats. ‘Bolide’ is Italian for ‘missile’ and is the name for bright meteors that usually explode in the atmosphere.

Is the Bugatti Bolide explosive?

Maybe not literally, but the performance it can unleash seems that way. The 8.0-litre quad-turbo W16 makes 1825bhp and 1364lb ft – extreme numbers in themselves – sent to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Bugatti claims a 0-62mph sprint is over with in just 2.1 seconds, 0-124mph is done in 4.3 seconds and 0-186mph is finished in just 7.3 seconds. Those superlative performance figures allow the Bolide to lap the Nurburgring in just 5m 23s.

Bolide rear

In the case of the W16 used here, the turbochargers are all new, the intake and exhausts have been opened up (compared to that on a Chiron) and a bespoke cooling system uses air-to-air intercooling with water ‘pre-cooling’, which Bugatti claims is a better setup than a Formula 1 car.

There has to be more to it than that…

It’s the chassis and extreme weight-saving techniques that really take the Bolide to the next level. A dry weight of 1240kg means a one metric horsepower per 0.67kg power-to-weight ratio.

All screws are made of titanium and 3D-printed titanium alloy components are used throughout. Aerodynamics include firsts like a morphing air intake that bulges out at higher speeds, the wheels are made of magnesium and the pushrods in the double wishbone suspension weigh just 100g each.

The Bolide is less than a metre tall – the same height as the Type 35 racer and has folding doors like a LMP1 racer. In order for the car to race on FIA circuits, organisation-approved details like an automatic fire extinguisher, pressure refuelling, centre locks for the wheels and a six-point harness all feature.

Bolide EB100 type 35

‘In my 16 years at Bugatti, I have never worked on a more extreme concept,’ says Bugatti design boss, Achim Anscheidt. ‘It’s the very first time that my team had the freedom of creating an absolutely minimalistic design around the W16 engine, and is a project more technically driven than shaped by style.’

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By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches