What’s the fastest car on the planet right now? Well, Chiron Super Sport most definitely. That’s about to change with the new Bugatti Bolide track hypercar clocking over 310 mph. Just reading that makes me dizzy!
The French speed demon is a Bolide stripped down naked to showcase the F1 composite-based monocoque body shell. It’s been developed with the same stringent requirements a Le Mans race car must go through, and that shows in its performance quotient. Bolide is still a year away from rolling off the production lines for elite buyers but this barebones version is already giving us the Mad Max vibes.
Bugatti clearly demonstrates here with the Bolide shell that even in its bare form, the hypercar still induces the desire to take it on a spin. It’s that good. For us, it could be the coolest hair-raising go-kart you could kick off your Formula-1 journey on. Coming back to the Bolide in the making, remember it has to go through the toughest test for any car on this planet. Hence, the hypercar faired well in the rollover protection test in which the structure is subject to 7.5 tons of force on the A-pillar.
The mind-boggling speed topping well over 310 mph is attributed in part to the power-to-weight ratio of 0.67 horsepower per pound. That’s because the Bolide weighing just 2,734 pounds has a monstrous power delivery of 1,825 horsepower courtesy of the 8.0-liter W16 engine. In the computer simulations of the hypercar at the legendary Nürburgring racetrack, the best lap time of 5 minutes 23.1 seconds was achieved. That’s 4 seconds shy of the record held by Porsche 919 Evo.
Bugatti will only be making 40 limited edition units of the Bolide, making it an elusive buy for the influential billionaires who’ll be more than willing to part away with the asking price tag of more than $4.3 million.