A Lightweight Track Monster Paying Tribute to the Type 35
Bugatti is known for its very fast and very impressive supercars and hypercars. The Bugatti Bolide is no exception and the company just revealed the new car. The beast of a car features the company’s quad-turbo W16 engine. It is a concept for a modern Bugatti lightweight track car.
Yes the engine and all-wheel-drivetrain are from the Chiron, but it’s up-tuned and the chassis for this new car has been lightened considerably. The engine in this vehicle is good for 1,825 hp and the vehicle has a 2,733-pound dry weight. The top speed is said to be well above 300 mph.
The Bolide will lap Le Mans in 3:07 and lap the Nuburgring in 5:23. That’s faster than an LMP1 car and it is Porsche 919 Evo challenging.
“We asked ourselves how we could realize the mighty W-16 engine as a technical symbol of the brand in its purest form—with solely four wheels, engine, gearbox, steering wheel and, as the only luxury, two seats,” Bugatti boss Stephan Winkelmann said in a statement. “Important aspects of our considerations were fine-tuning our iconic powertrain without any limitations as regards the weight-to-power ratio”
The Bolide has some of the most innovative materials on any vehicle in the world. Case-in-point is the roof scoop. It is made of a material that changes form as speed rises. It bubbles when the car gets to a certain speed to reduce drag and optimize airflow to that big wing at the back of the car.
Bugatti used the classic Type 35 racing car as inspiration for this car. The Bolide is no taller than the classic car and it is a signal to the world that Bugatti is going to start focusing more on building lightweight hyper-fast automobiles. This concept is both a departure from the car company’s trajectory and a return to form, and we absolutely love it.