Ripping Speed: 8.0L W16 1,577HP Dominating 1.16-Mile Course
Bugatti made headlines at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this week by exhibiting their all-new and highly impressive track-focused hypercar, the Bolide. This exclusive car was put to the test with a 1.16-mile hill climb, leading up to its planned introduction in the initial months of 2021, which was presented at the event following its tests at Le Mans.
Taking part in the Batch 6a Supercar Run, the Bugatti Bolide was steered by its official factory driver, Andy Wallace, who boasts victories at the 24 Hours of Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring, and 24 Hours of Le Mans, which are collectively known as the Triple Crown of endurance racing. After concluding his first run of the Goodwood Hillclimb, Wallace remarked, “To drive this supremely focused and motorsport-inspired Bugatti at the Festival of Speed, on the venerated road that is so close to spectators, is a very special and unique experience.”
In April, Bugatti disclosed the polished production prototype of the Bolide. Before its unveiling in 2021, the supercar continues to endure exhaustive examinations. Apart from zipping around Le Mans racing circuit, the Bolide was seen testing at an airfield, allowing it to maximise the full power of its imposing 8.0-litre 16-cylinder motor, generating 1,577 horsepower.
The extraordinary Bolide boasts a carbon fiber chassis and tips the scales at an enviable 3,196 lbs (1,450 kg), making it roughly 1,200 lbs (550 kg) lighter than its Bugatti Chiron forebear. This tremendous reduction in weight, when combined with the thunderous potential of the use of a W16 engine, gives it an unparalleled weight-to-power ratio of 1.98 lb/hp or indeed less than 1kg/hp.
No more than forty cars will be produced, at a cost of four million Euros each, or around 4.3 million USD according to today’s currency exchange rates. Each of the vehicles has already been reserved, however as a means of appeasing the audience at Goodwood, they shall be able to bear witness to the Bolide for the entirety of the event, whilst reveling in its loud, invigorating engine.
Apart from taking part in this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, Bugatti has entered earlier festivals with multiple Type 35 racing cars from the 1930s, the EB110 from the 90s, and more recently, the hypersonic Veyron and Chiron hypercars.