Bugatti is known for building some of the wildest hypercars on the planet. At one point, the Veyron was the fastest production car on the planet. It’s successor, the Chiron in Super Sport 300+ guise, then became the first car to break the mythical 300 mph (483 km/h) mark. However, the French manufacturer’s latest creation tops everything they have built so far both on paper and design; meet the Bugatti Bolide.
From the design alone, the Bolide looks insane. Some might even say it looks like something straight out of a galaxy far far away thanks to its unique styling. The front looks similar to the Chiron it is based on mixed with some LMP1-inspired racecar design and X-shaped headlights. However, it's the rear end that truly stands out with a big rear wing, vertical fin, and an X-shaped taillight. Star Wars X-wing much?
It’s hard to tell from the photos, but the Bolide is a very low car. It only measures in 995mm tall, which sits lot lower than the Chiron it is based on. There’s more than meets the eye too as Bugatti claims the hypercar has a “morphable outer skin” for the roof scoop. Supposedly, the surface of the scoop remains smooth at slow speed. However, a “field of bubbles bulges out” once you floor it.
As mentioned earlier, this Bolide is based on the Chiron. Powering it is an 8.0-liter W16 engine with newly developed quad turbochargers. As a result, it now produces 1825 HP and 1850 Nm torque, nearly 300 more than the one found in the record-breaking Super Sport 300+. To match the upgraded power, Bugatti put the Bolide on a diet to weight only 1,240kg.
The result? 0 to 100 km/h will only take 2.17 seconds while 0 to 200 km/h is done in 4.36 seconds. Better yet, Bugatti even claims that it can do 0 to 500 km/h in just 20.16 seconds with a top speed of “above 500 km/h”. At the same time, they say it can lap the Nurburgring in 5 minutes and 23.1 seconds. As impressive as these performance details are, all of these are just simulated numbers for the time being.
Before you get your wallets ready, there is a catch. The Bolide doesn’t have a price tag yet. In fact, Bugatti has yet to decide whether to produce the track-only model. Yes, the Bolide is not street-legal and is a track-only hypercar.
We want Bugatti to build a few of these cars to chase the top speed record. Besides, the Koenigsegg Agera recently took the top speed crown from the Chiron, and we're pretty sure the French automaker won't take that sitting down.