Reduced, raw, authentic. Embodying the technological concept of the Bugatti Bolide, BUGATTI offers an answer to the question: “What if Bugatti were to build a radically lightweight car around the iconic 8.0-litre W16 engine?” The experimental study of the Bugatti Bolide is a racetrack-oriented hyper car – with a series-produced W16 engine to power it and a minimal body trimmed for maximum downforce. And the pledge of the ultimate Bugatti performance kick.
Bugatti Bolide is the most extreme, uncompromising, fastest and lightest car concept in recent company history – with an unimaginable power-to-weight ratio of 0.67 kilograms per PS. This is made possible by the combination of a W16 engine with 1,850 PS˚ and a vehicle weight of only 1,240 kilograms. The Bugatti Bolide comes in at almost Formula 1 levels, with the top speed well over 500 km/h – without, however, sacrificing maximum handling and agility. In the wake of the Veyron 16.4 and the Chiron, their engineer, Frank Götzke, also contributed the basic technical concept for the third Bugatti model of the modern era. In just eight months, he created a completely new car around the familiar Bugatti W16 all-wheel drive powertrain, which had been heavily modified for the Bolide project.
In the eyes of Achim Anscheidt, Director of Design at Bugatti, the experimental car Bolide is a very special project. “I have never worked on a more extreme car concept in my 16 years at Bugatti”. The Bugatti Bolide’s design is radically tailored to the idea of lightweight construction, subjugating the design principle to the goal of a fascinating and racetrack-ready power-to-weight ratio of 0.67 kg/PS. “It is the very first time my team has had the latitude to design an absolutely minimalist concept around the W16 engine. The result is the most provocative proportion of a modern Bugatti and the distilled quintessence of our Bugatti design ethos ‘Form Follows Performance’,” is how Anscheidt puts it. The Bugatti Bolide, however, is more a technically rather than stylistically driven project. It has the shape of an aerodynamically optimised, uncompromising racing car, an ultra-sporty performance superlative – void of any luxury.
Whether the Bugatti Bolide will go into series production has not yet been decided. We can’t wait to see.