The Chiron Pur Sport and Divo look right at home.
When you think of top speed and exquisite luxury in one package, Bugatti is the brand that immediately comes to mind. After unveiling the Chiron, we knew it would be aiming for top speed supremacy, but then came the Chiron Pur Sport. Bugatti said that this car would be more athletic, more nimble, and more usable on track. There was truth in this, with Bugatti taking the car to the Bilster Berg circuit earlier this month. Before this special edition came the Divo, a car that is slower than any other current Bugatti, but is absolutely focused - for a Bugatti anyway - on hardcore track performance. Now, we have videos of both being put through their paces at the Nurburgring.
These aren't just parade laps either. The video above captures the Chiron Pur Sport being properly manhandled around the track, and you can even see the car coming loose and oversteering. That kind of thing doesn't happen to a big, heavy, all-wheel-drive Bugatti unless you're absolutely caning it. It just goes to show that Bugatti was serious about making better track cars, and that the wing on the back of the Chiron Pur Sport is not just there for show.
Bugatti seems to be taking diversification of its product offering seriously, and although this could mean yet another luxury SUV from a supercar maker, it also means that the company is serious about drawing from its historic racing pedigree.
Next up is the Bugatti Divo. We know that Bugatti has taken track performance seriously by limiting power and improving handling, and it seems that this may not just be a one-off thing either. Rumors suggest that we may see a successor to the Divo in time, but if the above video is anything to go by, Bugatti is starting from a position of strength. Regardless, these videos show that Bugatti wants the world to know that it can build cars that do more than just attempt to break the sound barrier. Will this change the perception of the brand? Perhaps not just yet, but in time, Bugatti could be seen as the racing company it started out as.