Bugatti announced today that it will produce a highly limited run of 40 Bolide ultra-high performance, track-only hypercars.
Unveiled in October 2020, the car was understood to be a one-off at the time that essentially carved away at the Chiron’s body until as little as possible was left to get between the air, the driver, and Bugatti’s legendary 8.0-liter W16 engine.
Rumors started simmering earlier this month, though, that the car would be put into limited production and, indeed, the company announced the production run at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, on the occasion of Monterey Car Week.
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“The Bolide generated a great deal of enthusiasm and intrigue last year,” said Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. “Following its presentation, a significant number of enthusiasts and collectors asked us to develop the experimental Bolide as a production vehicle. I was absolutely amazed by the reactions and feedback from customers from all over the world.”
Like last year’s concept car, the production version will feature extreme aero elements, a roof-mounted air intake, and a very low seating position. Unfortunately, the production car won’t feature the experimental 1,824 hp (1,850 PS/1,360 kW) engine, which only ran on 110-octane race fuel. Instead, it has opted for globally available 98 RON gas and a power figure of 1,578 hp (1,600 PS/1,176 kW) and 1,180 lb-ft (1,600 Nm) of torque.
Bugatti says, though, that the car has been tuned for “higher revs per minute for use on the racetrack, alongside the intake and exhaust system to achieve even faster, more spontaneous, and extreme responsiveness.”
The car is also being designed to comply with international FIA safety standards. That means HANS system compatibility, automatic fire extinguishing, pressure refueling with a fuel bladder, central wheel locking, and a six-point harness.
As a result, the production Bolide will tip the scales at 1,450 kg (3,196 lbs), adding 210 kg (463 lbs) to the 1,240 kg (2,733 lbs) one-off. That also means that it will have a weight-to-power ratio of 0.9 kg per PS, still impressive when compared to the concept’s 0.67 kg per PS ratio.
“The customers’ safety is always our top priority,” said Winkelmann. “We, therefore, decided to offer exclusive track days for this extreme vehicle in order to guarantee a safe environment at all times and gradually introduce the customers to the Bolide’s breathtaking performance.”
Bugatti says the Bolide will be ready for delivery in 2024 at a price of €4 million ($4.7 million USD).