Uhhh…just another W16 powered Bugatti it is then, right? Wrong!! While the all-new track-only Bugatti Bolide is powered by the all too familiar 8.0-liter W16 V8 engine, the car is anything but ordinary (well, at least in Bugatti terms). It is unlike anything that has been produced by the company before but don’t take my word for it.
Bugatti describes the Bolide as the “most extreme, uncompromising, fastest and lightest vehicle concept in the company’s recent history”.
So what makes the Bolide so special? Well, it’s light! The car comes with an impressive dry weight of just 1240 kilograms. To put that into perspective for you, that’s just about the weight of your average hatchback. Both the car’s monocoque and body are made from lightweight carbon fiber and titanium.
As earlier mentioned, the Bolide is powered by the same W16 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged V8 engine that powers Bugatti’s famous cars like the Chiron and the Veyron. However, in the Bolide, the W16 runs only on 110-octane fuel and produces a whopping 1850 PS and 1850 newton meters of torque.
The car’s massive power and low weight results in an impressive weight to power ratio of just 0.67 kg/ps. The Bolide does 0-62 mph in a mind-blowing 2.17 seconds and maxes out at “more than 311 mph.”
“For the first time, we are showing what the W16 engine is really capable of. We have freed the vehicle of all baggage and have illustrated and combined the engine with the lightest possible chassis to create the ultimate Bugatti”.
Design-wise, the Bolide comes covered in blue and black paint and has the kinds of looks that we’ve grown to expect from the Molsheim based company. However, even then, it looks like the company’s designers pulled out all the stops for this one.
For starters, the Bolide is an incredibly low car. With a height of just 39.17 inches, the Bolide is the same height as the legendary Bugatti Type 35.
The Bolide’s roof-mounted intake scoop has a morphable outer skin, which allows for active airflow optimizations. Bugatti mentions that if the car is driven at low speeds, the scoop’s surface remains smooth while “a field of bubbles bulges out” at higher speeds.
Drawing inspiration from the experimental nature of the car, the Bolide features an outlandish “X” theme with both the front and rear lights spotting the eye-catching design. Upwards folding doors, a spaceship-like windscreen, a gigantic rear wing, and F1-esque air ducts complete a list of impressive features on the outside of the car.
Bugatti mentions that the Bolide comes with safety equipment designed in conformity with FIA regulations, a move which has fueled rumors that the company might be planning to take part in the Le Mans 24hr endurance race. That’s likely to get the attention of some soon to be ex-F1 drivers. Racing fans everywhere are likely to be excited by this prospect too.