This car looks insane.
Just two months ago, Bugatti unveiled its most ambitious car yet, the Bolide. That's a pretty bold claim considering that Bugatti makes a car that can top 300 mph, but the Bolide's stats pop off the page. Up until now, the Bolide was only real on paper (and drivable in the mobile game CSR Racing 2). But Bugatti's engineers have now turned the experimental design study into a drivable concept vehicle (pictured below).
This is the first time the French luxury brand has shown official pictures of the Bolide that are not computer-generated. Bugatti built the prototype in less than one year, using new materials and manufacturing processes that were tested in real life and virtually.
"With the Bolide, we have dared to pursue an experiment of extremes. In our history that dates more than 110-years, there has never been a comparable model based on such a minimalist concept conceived solely around the engine," says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. "An output of up to 1,850 PS (1,824 horsepower) is combined with a weight of just 1,240 kilograms (2,733 pounds) - giving an unprecedented weight-to-power ratio of only 0.67 kilograms per PS. Driving the Bolide is like riding on a cannonball."
The quad-turbocharged W16 engine is sourced from the 2021 Bugatti Chiron, albeit uprated significantly for the Bolide. Since the Bolide's chassis is made from light, high-strength carbon fiber, it's much lighter than previous Bugatti models. This Bugatti is clearly built for the track, not the street.
Though we'll have to wait to see it run around the track on video, Bugatti has some bold performance claims for the Bolide. It can lap Le Mans in 3:07.1, and take only 5:23.1 to get around the Nurburgring. For reference, the AMG GT Black Series (the fastest production car around the Nurburgring) takes 6:43.616. Bugatti still hasn't mentioned how much the Bolide will cost since it's still a proof of concept, but we assume the price tag will approach eight digits.
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