McLaren P1 Designer Thinks Bugatti Bolide Is Mind-Blowing

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In his latest video, automotive Frank Stephenson analyzes the bonkers Bugatti Bolide.

The Bugatti Bolide was arguably the most extreme new car of 2020. As Bugatti's lightest, fastest, and most track-focused concept yet, the Bolide is capable of hitting 0-62 mph in just 2.17 seconds and max out at over 310 mph thanks to its innovative aerodynamic design and an uprated 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16 generating a monumental 1,824 hp and 1,364 lb-ft of torque.

There is a caveat, however: Bugatti hasn't decided if it will enter production. But this hasn't stopped renowned automotive designer Frank Stephenson, who styled the McLaren P1, from analyzing its unique design.


While Stephenson has been critical about recent cars like the Tesla Cybertruck and the new BMW 4 Series, he was blown away by the Bolide.

Stephenson describes the Bolide as "the ultimate statement of form is performance" and a "breathtaking, spectacular, mind-boggling vehicle." While the Bolide is inspired by the Vision Gran Turismo Concept, Bugatti's track-focused hypercar is designed to comply with FIA regulations so it can be driven in the real world. "This car absolutely blows me away. It's definitely an ultimate Bugatti for me," said Stephenson.

While the Bolide retains Bugatti's iconic horseshoe grille and center roofline, Stephenson loves how it incorporates fresh styling elements without straying from Bugatti's design language.


The front is dominated by aggressive air intakes that enhance the aerodynamics and every design element has a functional purpose to make the Bolide the ultimate track weapon. Moving to the back, Stephenson thinks this is "the most stunning view of the car," incorporating a wide rear spoiler, an intricately-designed diffuser, and X-shaped taillights.

Stephenson is clearly besotted with the Bolide, but he still has a few criticisms. The designer would change the X-shaped elements into thin daytime running lights, make the front air intake area and roof scoop more aggressive, and modify the design of the exhaust system.

If the Bolide enters production, it's clearly going to be an absolute monster on the track as Bugatti claims it will be capable of lapping the Nurburgring Nordschleife in just 5:23.1 minutes.


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