Bugatti Bolide Enters Its Next Phase Of Testing

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The unreal hypercar is inching closer to release.

The Bugatti Bolide is entering the next testing phase as the company continues to work hard to deliver the first models to customers. The absolutely insane hypercar has continued to build hype like almost no other, winning awards before the car is even launched. Built around the venerated W16 in what may be its last application, the company is building something truly special.

"The Bolide is treading new ground for Bugatti. Never before has such a powerful engine been paired with an ultra-lightweight design to create a track car that delivers motorsport levels of performance," said Christophe Piochon, President of Bugatti Automobiles. "The next phase of development is a major milestone in the creation of a car that takes Bugatti's "form follows performance" philosophy to a new level."


What the "next phase of development" means is unknown, but we figure the company wants to keep us on our toes, building anticipation before it debuts, which we know is coming soon following the teaser images shown yesterday. We'll take any opportunity we can to talk about the upcoming hypercar though, so let's dive again into what makes this car so special.

The engine, an 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16, is as insane to read as it is to type out. It produces a truly eye-watering 1,824 horsepower and 1,364 lb-ft of torque on 110-octane racing fuel and sounds absolutely unreal. It sends power to all wheels with the help of a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, and the company says it should be able to achieve 0-62 mph in 2.17 seconds. Not half bad if you ask us.

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As we said before, the rest of the car was built around this engine with the goal of making it as track-focused and lightweight as possible. A newly shaped carbon monocoque based on the Chiron meant the company had to re-engineer just about everything in the car to fit in a body that was much tighter than the Chiron's. New engine mountings also make it so that the drive unit is three times stiffer than the Chiron's and the uni-ball suspension gives the driver more precise feedback.

The engine is always "on," meaning it always operates all four turbochargers which is great for the track experience while also helping with packaging and weight. The brakes are then improved upon in regards to the Chiron's carbon-ceramics, with much more heat-resistant carbon-carbon brakes.

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This forced the engineers to design all new calipers that would more efficiently generate and absorb heat to make them work, and due to the high temperatures a carbon cover had to be placed on each wheel to shield them. The vehicle is then connected to the ground thanks to Michelin tires created for LMDh World Endurance Championship cars.

There's so much more to the car than this, but really, the vehicle makes the Chiron look like a Honda Civic in comparison. Well, more like a Civic Type R than a base Civic because come on, it's still a Buggati.

There are only a couple of cars that come to mind that we really think can compete with the Bolide when it hits the track: The Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro and the Mercedes-AMG One. These cars were both created with the best in Formula One technology and expertise, and all we can dream of is an on-track, three-hypercar comparison once they're all finally delivered.

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