the bananas that Bugatti Bolide has put into production – .

the bananas that Bugatti Bolide has put into production – .

Monterey Auto Week 2021

Bugatti’s track study loses power and gains a safety kit, but still seems like an amazing way to spend £ 3.5million

Last year Bugatti showed us what the ultimate iteration of its hypercars could look like. The Bolide was a design study and a special 1824 horsepower track that melted our poor little minds.
And now it’s real. Or at least soon will be. Bugatti makes 40 of them, selling for four million euros each (around £ 3.5million) with deliveries slated for 2024.
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Which should partly explain why this just isn’t a makeover Chiron with a large bolt-on wing. This is a complete change of direction from the usual ‘heavy but fast‘ philosophy. Well, not a complete change of direction. It’s still very fast.

Although not as fast as promised. That mighty horsepower figure was achieved with 110-RON fuel – the kind of thing you have to order, well, we dare not ask who. Plug in the same 98-RON elements you’ll get from the premium pump at most UK gas stations and the W16 quad-turbo engine pumps 1600PS, or 1578bhp for fans of old-fashioned pedantry on cleanliness.

We are told it will spin higher than usual (but we are not told what number) while “the cooling system of the turbochargers, engine, transmission and differential is modified for power development. optimal ”. So the whole thing had a good old tickle.

It remains to be seen where the shaved power figure leaves some of the hypothetical Bolide achievements announced at the concept’s arrival – 0-311 mph-0 in 33.62 seconds and a Nordschleife lap time of 5m 23s – remains to be seen. . But those numbers could gain a minute each and still feel quite spectacular, not to mention a handful of seconds which is much more likely.

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The Bolide is described as “the ultimate driving machine for the track” and weighs a mere 1,450 kg, even with all the necessary safety equipment that was added to the slimmer prototype of 2020. The mass levels of the Golf GTI are quite acceptable with 1600PS providing driving force, we would say vehemently.

The entire safety kit is FIA approved, with HANS system compatibility, automatic fire extinguisher, pressure refueling, central wheel locking and six point harnesses. “Customer safety is always our top priority,” says Bugatti President Stephan Winkelmann.

“We have therefore decided to offer exclusive track days for this extreme vehicle in order to guarantee a safe environment at all times and to gradually introduce customers to the breathtaking performance of the Bolide. “

Yes, there won’t be an exuberantly driving Mk1 MX-5 that crushes the interior as you approach the first corner of a track day before you gain confidence in the monumental downforce (and as yet unspecified ) of the Bolide. You will be among friends. Rich friends, of course …

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