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The Bugatti Bolide Concept Is Out For Speed

The Bugatti Bolide is a concept designed solely for speed records and outright performance

  • Weighs only 2,734 pounds.

  • W16 engine produces 1,825 horsepower.

  • Its top speed is well over 310 mph, or 500 km/h.

Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti, says that “Driving the Bolide is like riding on a cannonball.” With specifications like these, that’s probably an understatement. The Bolide is essentially a Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport that’s been further purified, stripped, boosted, and purpose-built to push the boundaries of speed.

As we all know, weight is the enemy and Bugatti has done away with all forms of “niceties” in the Bolide. In fact, all its keeps as far as comfort features are two seats. At 1,240 kg (2,730 lb.), the Bolide weighs in at 600 kg (1,320 lb.) less than a 4-cylinder Ford Mustang fastback. To give you an idea, the ‘Stang’s boosted 4-cylinder provides 310 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft of torque and is considered a quick car. The Bolide is powered by Bugatti’s 8.0-litre quad-turbo W16 engine which produces 1,825 horsepower and 1,364 lb.-ft. of torque. Let that sink in for a moment.

Bugatti Bolide Concept | Photo: Bugatti

Every bit of the car’s structure, body shell, and other components are designed for weight savings and strength. Among the materials used, Bugatti has resorted to titanium, carbon fibre and despite this, the car meets all of FIA’s safety requirements.

The Bolide’s aerodynamics were crucial considering the speeds this car can reach. Its design enables the front wing to generate up to 1,763 lbs of downforce while the rear spoiler can manage 3,968 lbs, in both cases at speeds of 199 mph or 320 km/h. Interestingly, the intake scoop on the roof has a morphable outer skin which remains smooth at lower speeds. A speed, a field of bubbles bulges out reducing the aerodynamic drag of the scoop by 10% and ensures a 17% reduction in lift forces.

Cooling was an enormous challenge for Bugatti. The four brand new larger turbochargers, attached engine, and brakes all require immense cooling capabilities. The Bolide is fitted with numerous coolers including air-to-air intercoolers with water pre-cooling, water coolers – the drivetrain alone features three air-cooled oil coolers. The wheels also feature newly developed hybrid carbon titanium turbofan radial compressors to ventilate and cool the high-performance racing brake system.

Bugatti Bolide Concept | Photo: Bugatti

Finally, you might recall that Bugatti backed out of setting various speed records however they’ve shared that the Bolide takes only 3:07.1 minutes to complete a lap of Le Mans and 5:23.1 minutes to get around the Nordschleife. They’re moot about top speed other than saying it’ll easily surpass 310 mph, or 500 km/h and we can only imagine the 0-60 mph and 0-100km/h sprint times thanks to its power-to-weight ratio of only 0.67 kg per PS (1.5 lbs. per hp).

Bugatti has not announced any plans to produce the car. They’ve only answered the question: “What if?”

Bugatti Bolide Concept | Photo: Bugatti

Bugatti Bolide Concept | Photo: Bugatti

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai


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