Bugatti to make the speed-devil hypercar Bolide concept a reality

By Arya M Nair, Intern Reporter
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Bugatti, the French high-performance automobile known for its design beauty is beginning the production of Bolide, a 1,824-horsepower hypercar that was revealed last year as an experiment.

The supercar which has its name originate from the word Le Bolide, which means “race car” in French is 1450 kg lightweight. However, the Bolides produced for the consumers will only be legal for use on the racetrack.

Bugatti’s 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16 engine at the core of the vehicle produces 1,577 horsepower. Although the higher output was “achieved among other things due to 110-octane racing fuel, it’s not nearly the 1,824 hp promised by the original Bolide. Bugatti chose 98 RON gas, which is readily available all over the world, for production.

Stephan Winkelmann
Stephan Winkelmann
President
Bugatti Automobiles

“Following its presentation last year, a large number of enthusiasts and collectors asked us to develop the experimental Bolide as a production vehicle. That’s why we decided to give Bolide some closure to give 40 customers the opportunity to experience this incredible vehicle.”

The Bolide is going to be a speed beast, especially considering the engine will be in a car that weighs just under 1451 kg. The Bolide is being created in compliance with international Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) safety regulations, according to Bugatti. The FIA is the regulating body for many motor racing events. 

The safety features include Hands and Neck Support (HANS) system compatibility, an automatic fire extinguishing system, pressure refueling with a fuel bladder, central wheel locking and a six-point safety belt system.

Bugatti will produce a total of 40 Bolides, each costing around $4.7 million. The Bolide will be “brought to production maturity” over the next few years, with the first deliveries expected for 2024, according to the company.

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