Bugatti Bolide concept revealed; 1361kW, 0-400km/h in 12.08 sec

October 29, 2020

Tired of the same boring track cars? You need to check out this. It’s called the Bugatti Bolide concept, and it is essentially the most hardcore track car Bugatti has ever conceived.

It looks like a racing car of the future, with an extremely low and deep front spitter, massive roof scoop feeding the engine, a large sail over the back end to help with lateral stability, leading to a huge multi-plane rear wing. There’s also crazy aero wheels which minimise wind turbulence around the arches but also feed cooling air to the brakes.

If you think it looks fast, you’re hunch is correct. It is fast. Power comes from Bugatti’s famous 8.0-litre quad-turbo W16 engine, which, in this, belts out a colossal 1361kW (1850PS). There’s also up to 1850Nm on tap. These stats are just insane. They seem like the specs of a cruise ship engine.

Not only is the Bolide extremely powerful, engineers have also managed to keep weight to an absolute minimum. In fact, the hypercar weighs just 1240kg, which is lighter than some hot hatches. Bugatti says 0-100km/h takes just 2.17 seconds, with 0-200km/h over in a truly unbelievable 4.36 seconds – to give you some reference point, we’ve tested the incredibly fast McLaren 720S over 0-200km/h in just 7.87 seconds. It’ll also do 0-300km/h in 7.37 seconds, and 0-400km/h (yep) in 12.08 seconds.

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That means by the time a typical diesel dual-cab ute reaches 100km/h, under full throttle, this thing can be edging a whopping 400km/h. Obviously all of those aero parts are fundamental in stopping it from taking off like an aeroplane. Speaking about the concept, Stephan Winkelmann, president of Bugatti, said:

“We asked ourselves how we could realise the mighty W16 engine as a technical symbol of the brand in its purest form – with solely four wheels, engine, gearbox, steering wheel and, as the only luxury, two seats. Important aspects of our considerations were fine-tuning our iconic powertrain without any limitations as regards the weight-to-power ratio. These considerations resulted in the Bugatti Bolide.”

At this stage the Bugatti Bolide is just a concept car, but the company is considering putting it into series production. We hope so. We just want to see one in action on a track.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.