Bugatti announced a replacement car on Wednesday that would challenge the planet speed record just set by the SSC Tuatara.
The Bugatti Bolide may be a skeletal-looking coupe with a huge rear wing and therefore the scooped-out body sort of a Formula 1 racer. Like its sibling, the Bugatti Chiron, it carries a W16 engine and all-wheel-drive. But with a particularly lightweight body that weighs just 2,733 pounds (roughly half that of a Chiron) and 1,824 horsepower, it can reach a top speed of 310 mph, consistent with a Bugatti spokesperson, who declined to supply further details on the transmission.
In good conditions, such specifications could compete against the Tuatara, a U.S.-made car that set a world speed record of 316.11 mph (508.73 km/h) near Las Vegas on Oct. 10. A spokesperson for Bugatti says he can provide no details at this point about attempting a speed record. When the Chiron Super Sport 300+ debuted last year, brand executives said at the time that they might withdraw from the competition.
A Critical Time
Bugatti’s announcement comes at a critical time for the 111-year-old French brand. Parent company Volkswagen AG has been holding intense discussions recently about selling Bugatti to Rimac Automobili, a Croatian electric-supercar startup. it’s presumed that purchase to Rimac would help VW preserve cash and refocus because it navigates economic shocks from the novel coronavirus and contemplates increasingly strict standards in many urban centers, which might boost currently low demand for electric vehicles.
The talks come two years after VW combined Bentley and Bugatti into a brand group led by Porsche—a move designed to form the world’s largest automaker more agile in controlling a dozen brands, including Audi, Ducati, and Lamborghini. VW’s Porsche unit holds a 15.5% stake in Rimac.
More recently, on Oct. 6, Bugatti announced that it had halted plans for a second supercar, thanks to pandemic woes. this is able to are the primary major production car to hitch the family after the $3.5 million Chiron, which debuted four years ago at the Geneva Auto Show.
Despite the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak and vehicle postponement, Bugatti chief Stephan Winkelmann later told Bloomberg TV, the brand will generate record revenue for 2020. This year “may be the simplest year ever,” he said. quite 70% of cars planned to be built for 2021 have already been sold.
No Production Plan, Yet
None of these are going to be a Bolide. That’s the large difference between it and therefore the Tuatara: While the record set by the SSC came via a production car owned by a Philadelphia-based physician named Larry Caplin, Bugatti’s Bolide is just an “experimental study” illustrated by computer-generated images, not photographs. The name, pronounced “Beau-lid,” maybe a French slang term that roughly translates as “It’s a quick car.”
Company executives said during a written statement that they haven’t yet decided whether the Bolide will ever reach series production.
“We are presenting our interpretation of a Bugatti track car of recent times to Bugatti enthusiasts everywhere on the planet and eventually make their most fervent wishes come true,” Winkelmann said during a press statement. “For the primary time, we are showing what the W16 engine is basically capable of.”
Regardless of its future, the Bolide would accompany many Bugatti signature touches. just like the Chiron and therefore the Veyron that preceded it, the Bolide has two exterior paint colors (blue and black). Its small, horseshoe grille on the front matches the quality grille that has marked Bugattis since the sort 35 race cars of the 1920s.
The car also has massive vents to channel air along the highest and sides of its body and large white X marks over where the headlights would be. Its unusually wide tires (400 mm on the rear axle, compared to 355 mm for the Chiron) are wrapped around big, black wheels that hide racing brakes with ceramic discs and coatings; four tailpipes stacked during a square at the middle of the taillights also cross during a big X.
The doors are hinged ahead at an angle in order that they fold up when opened. Inside, the wheel is open at the highest, sort of a computer game handset. The cabin, lined in carbon fiber and blue suede, comes with two seats.
Even if the Bolide isn’t produced, consumers may even see some innovations it contains in other, future vehicles.
In an industry first, Bugatti says it’s fabricated a “morphable” outer skin for the air intake scoop on the Bolide’s roof. If the vehicle is driven at a slow speed, the surface of the inside track remains smooth; when the car is driven fast, a field of bubbles emerges. consistent with Bugatti, the shifting effect is sweet enough to scale back the aerodynamic drag of the inside track by 10% and overall lift by 17%, ensuring the hypercar stays grounded at high speeds.
The Bolide reportedly features a 5:23.1-minute lap time around the infamous Nuerburgring track in Germany—well under the 6:44.97 posted by a Lamborghini Aventador in 2018 and just behind the 5:19.546 posted by a Porsche 919 Hybrid EVO that year.