Automotive Bugatti Bolide Concept Supercar

Published on August 16th, 2021 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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Bugatti Bolide Being Built And Will be Priced At RM19.91 Million

Only 40 units of the Bolide will be produced and we wonder how many will come to Malaysia.

The Bugatti Bolide was first shown to the world as a track only car and just a year later this concept car is going into production.

Only 40 Bolides will be made and if you are planning to buy a unit, please note that the first cars will only be arriving sometime from 2024 and each will have a price tag of about €4 million (which is about RM19.91 million before local taxes and delivery costs). 

Seems like the management at Bugatti want to quickly rival the Aston Martin Valkyrie Spider which is the closest you will get to a F1 car.

Limited to just 85 units in both left and right-hand drive versions the Valkyrie Spider will be powered by a Cosworth-built 6.5-litre naturally-aspirated V12 engine, which is assisted by an electric motor mounted in the seven-speed automatic gearbox. The total output is 1,155 PS and 900 Nm of torque.

This Aston Martin Valkyrie Spider is estimated to be priced at also €4 million (which is about RM19.91 million before local taxes and delivery costs).

The experimental study of the BUGATTI Bolide is this track-oriented hyper sports car featuring a modified version of the iconic W16 engine with a minimal body for maximum downforce.

Now according to Bugatti, the production version of the Bolide will apparently retain the same low-slung seating position and 8.0-litre quad-turbocharged W16 engine as was found when this track slayer prototype was first revealed last year. 

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PRESS RELEASE: “The Bolide generated a great deal of enthusiasm and intrigue last year. Following its presentation, a significant number of enthusiasts and collectors asked us to develop the experimental Bolide as a production vehicle.

I was absolutely amazed by the reactions and feedback from customers from all over the world,” explains Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti.

“We therefore decided to make the Bolide a few-off in order to give 40 customers the opportunity to experience this incredible vehicle. Our team has now been developing a production model – the ultimate driving machine for the track.”

This will make the Bolide the most extreme configuration level of the legendary 8.0-liter W16 engine and a must-have for Bugatti collectors.

During its thought experiment in fall 2020, the French luxury automobile manufacturer presented the answer to the following question: What if Bugatti built a radically light vehicle around the legendary 8.0-liter W16 engine?

The upshot was the experimental study of the Bugatti Bolide as a racetrack-oriented hyper sports car with a production-based W16 engine and minimal bodywork designed with maximum downforce in mind. Presenting this engine in its purest form is the quintessence of the Bolide.

Developing Bolide around the power train

With the highly limited-edition production Bolide, Bugatti engineers and designers have created the most extreme vehicle concept ever to have been conceived around the powerful power train of the W16 engine with four turbochargers, offering the promise of the ultimate Bugatti performance kick.

The numerous air ducts and delicate front end are more reminiscent of aerodynamically sophisticated Formula 1 cars than a hyper sports car, and they dominate its look. The Bolide sits very low to the ground, with an air intake scoop on the roof and an ultra-sporty seat position.

In combination with the striking rear diffuser, the dominant rear wing results in high downforce and therefore also optimum traction. As with other Bugatti vehicles, the design team opted for a color split, although the proportion of visible carbon parts is greater than in other models.

Bugatti stands for technological innovations. With the W16 engine as a symbol of the brand’s technology, Bugatti boasts one of the most extraordinary engines in automotive history.

In the case of the Bolide experimental vehicle, its power output of 1,850 PS is achieved among other things thanks to 110-octane racing fuel, whereas for the production vehicle, Bugatti opted for 98 RON gas which is available worldwide, so that the owners can use their vehicles around the world without any issues.

The vehicle’s available power output is 1,600 PS with a torque figure of 1,600 newton meters starting at 2,250 rpm. Bugatti’s engineers tuned the vehicle for higher revs per minute for use on the racetrack, alongside the intake and exhaust system to achieve even faster, more spontaneous, and extreme responsiveness. The cooling system for the turbochargers, engine, transmission, and differential are likewise modified for optimum power development.

Bugatti Bolide Concept Supercar

Safety standards in line with FIA rules

Bugatti’s designers and engineers are currently honing the aerodynamics and handling, and are developing the Bolide in line with international FIA safety standards. To guarantee maximum safety and sufficient comfort during the pure driving experience, Bugatti has developed an array of new components.

The safety features include HANS system compatibility, an automatic fire extinguishing system, pressure refueling with a fuel bladder, central wheel locking, and a six-point safety belt system.

Optimizations in the areas of design, aerodynamics, quality, and safety give the production vehicle a curb weight of just 1,450 kilograms and therefore a weight-to-power ratio of 0.9 kilograms per PS when 98 RON gas is used.

Thanks to maximum weight saving, customers will be able to experience the full power and torque of the engine – and they will love it. “

The new hyper sports car will be taken to production maturity over the next three years, with its delivery scheduled for 2024 at a net unit price of four million euros and limited to 40 units.

Research and Text by Joshua Chin

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