The Bugatti Chiron has quite a few derivatives, but none quite as wild as the Bolide – a track-only monster with 1,825 horsepower and a top speed of 311 miles/hour (500 km/h).
This concept stole the show in October 2020 with its stunning design and equally impressive technical specifications.
Bolide is now back. It’s just that now it’s no longer a one-off hypercar, because the higher-ups from Molsheim have already launched a production version.
Touted as a hypercar built on the legendary W16 quad-turbo engine, the Bolide is arguably the Chiron taken to the extreme.
Without having to comply with the regulations that apply to street cars, this means Bugatti has complete freedom in squeezing every drop of performance from the Chiron platform.
If the “regular” Chiron weighs under two metric tons, the Bolide slashes it tremendously to just 1,450 kg (3,196 pounds) – roughly the equivalent of a typical midsize sedan.
It should be noted that the production version will not be as powerful as the concept. Because the engineers changed the 8.0 liter engine to run on regular gasoline instead of 110 octane racing fuel.
Even so, this Bolide will still offer a terrifying 1,577 horsepower and 1,600 Newton-meters (1,180 pound-feet) of torque.
The figure is similar to the Chiron Super Sport and Centodieci, but in a much lighter hypercar.
The car has a weight-to-power ratio of 0.9 kg per hp, which should translate into spectacular performance on the circuit.
Bugatti says it will take three years to complete development of the Bolide, given that delivery to customers is not scheduled before 2024.
Production will be limited to just 40 units, with a price tag of 4 million euros before tax – around IDR 67.7 billion in current exchange rates.
To make your cash flow meaningful, the French marque will provide “free” track days, automatic fire suppression systems and HANS (head and neck support) devices.
Granted, that nominal feels expensive for a car you can’t drive on public roads.
But think again: that’s just half the price of the Centodieci, while the unique La Voiture Noire is almost three times more expensive.
The Bolide isn’t the only performance machine without a license plate launched by the Volkswagen Group, in recent times, given that the Lamborghini Aventador-based Essenza SCV12 is also restricted to the track.