New hypercar unveils are about as rare as a hot day in Florida. Today we’ve got a brand-new track-only hypercar prototype from the folks over at Bugatti. It’s called the Bolide and packs a 1,825-hp version of the brands W16 engine. It is also Bugatti’s second creation to surpass the 300 mph barrier. According to Bugatti, the Bolide’s engineering team developed it in eight months, prioritizing performance over almost everything else.
The Bugatti Bolide is powered by a massive W16 engine
We first saw the W16 that powers both the Bugatti Bolide and the Chiron back in the early 2000s with the release of the Veyron. Most notably, the massive engine is helped along by four turbochargers. Power reaches the ground via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and a wheel-drive system. While the Chiron’s 1,500-hp power output was already astronomically high, the Bolide gets even more.
With a max power output of 1,825 hp, the Bolide is the most powerful project developed by Bugatti. We say max output because, According to Bugatti, the Bolide can only reach its maximum power figure when fed 110 octane racing fuel. With 98 octane fuel, the power figure drops dramatically to just under 1,600 hp.
A lack of luxury results in a lightweight track car
Take a look at the Chiron’s interior, and you’ll see an abundance of leather and exquisite materials. Since the Chiron carries a near $3 million price tag, it needs to excel at everything. The Bugatti Bolide, on the other hand, has one central purpose, to be a track car. As a result, the design team started from scratch and developed the Bolide around its powertrain to ensure maximum performance.
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For starters, the Bolide utilizes a monocoque made completely out of carbon fiber. The rest of the Bolide’s major components are manufactured out of carbon fiber, including the driver seats, which feature minimal padding. There are also significant weight saving tactics in small details as well. All of the Bolide’s bolts and fastenings were 3D-printed out of Titanium. The combination of all of these efforts results in the Bolide’s 2,733-lb dry weight. To put that into perspective, that is about the same as a Subaru BRZ’s curb weight, except with over 1,800 hp.
Big power and little weight results in radical performance
With that massive power output and little weight to move around, the Bugatti Bolide is capable of insane speeds. According to Bugatti, it has simulated the Bolide in various race tracks to assess its performance. Although no real-world tests have taken place, the brand claims the Bolide should be able to lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 5:23.1 minutes. The Bolide should also be capable of lapping Le Mans in 3:07.1 minutes.
To put that Nürburgring time into perspective, the fastest car ever to lap the ring is the Porsche 919 Evo. The Porsche took 5:19.456 minutes to lap the historic track, meaning this new Bugatti could come eerily close to the record holder. In terms of production cars, the current record holder is the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, with a time of 6:44.97.
Which brings us to the Bugatti Bolide’s future. This track-focused hypercar is a prototype at the moment. While the brand has not confirmed whether it will enter production, we’re sure Bugatti has already received a few calls with hungry buyers willing to put deposits down. Given the crazy aerodynamic elements, it is unlikely that the Bolide will ever turn into a regular production car. However, if the brand decided to transfer these new elements to the road, the Aventador’s record could be in trouble.