Bugatti Bolide : Tom's Opinion
What? New Bugatti? I haven't seen this on the internet yet.
I doubt you have missed it, but Bugatti have made a track focused super-hyper-mega-car, with some stats that are, of course, very wild. I’ll lay some down for you, fellow car lovers. So, we have a subtle 1850hp from their famous quad turbo W16 powerplant, a theoretical top speed of ‘well above 500km/h’ (or 310mph for those who get scared of conversions, like me) and some theoretical broken lap records on tracks such as the Circuit de la Sarthe and the almighty Nürburgring.
On the subject of the Nürburgring, the engineering peeps at Bugatti claim a lap time of 5 minutes and 23 seconds. If you need some perspective of how indescribably fast that is, I’ll show you some previous lap times. Mercedes-AMG GT R, 7:10. Porsche 918, 6:57. Lamborghini Aventador SVJ (fastest production car around the ‘ring), 6:44. It gets very close to the Porsche 919 Hybrid EVO’s time of 5:19. The 919 is a winning car at the 24 hours of Le Mans, in the fastest class. They took one of those and made it even faster to make the EVO. I know it’s just a theoretical time, so they haven’t actually done it, but it’s still an outstandingly quick time. I guess that’s what happens when Bugatti visits a dietician, or their chief designer realized that cars don’t have be 2000Kg all the time.
Speaking of which, I saved mentioning the weight of the new Bolide, since it’s another amazing stat. It is a microscopic (in Bugatti physics) weight of 1240Kg. That’s the weight of a Ford Fiesta. I’ll give you another reference to how light this car is, remember the Zonda R? Pagani’s own track car, it was 1070Kg, so a couple hundred Kgs less. However, the Bugatti has over 1000 more hp and AWD, giving a 0-60 time of less than 2.2 seconds. More stats I was holding off include the downforce at 200mph of 800Kg from the front wing and a huge 1800Kg from the rear wing. Some incredible stuff.
A lot of people question these sorts of cars. Track-only weapons, that aren’t eligible for current race series and can’t be driven on the road. Well I personally have one and a half reasons for why I love them. I’ll start with the half and it’s only a half because I don’t have much evidence for this being true, as I don’t know much about it. Basically, there is a group coming to Le Mans where it will be for hyper-cars, I’ve read in places that the Bolide could fit in this class, but as I said, I don’t know. And my main reason (luckily, I have more confidence in this reason) is that these sorts of car’s are beautiful pieces of engineering that really are something to behold. They may have huge price tags, that almost 100% of the population can’t and won’t ever afford, but I don’t believe that should be a reason not to hold design exercises like this. It’s similar to Vision Gran Turismo, where companies would design and make a car beyond their wildest thoughts and it could have no restraints. It allows the designers to stretch their legs a bit, children to have more choice of car poster for their wall, teens to have new cars in their driving games and the massively rich can have another trophy of how massively rich they are. It's a win-win.