We want to see the Bolide shredding tires on a circuit

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A modern Bugatti that’s lightweight? As weird as it might sound, it exists and it’s called the Bolide. However, you can’t drive it on the road and apparently, Bugatti can’t drive it either- or at least they won’t show that to us, although the French hypercar company insists the prototype is drivable.

Bugatti Just Revealed the Real Bolide Concept Car in Video, But We're Not Convinced
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In all fairness, the Bugatti Bolide is still waiting for production green light - i.e. Bugatti needs to figure out if it's profitable to build it - which means as of this writing, it's still a concept car.

That, however, hasn’t stopped Bugatti from further claiming that the Bolide is real and to back up that claim, the manufacturer released a new set of photos of the track-only hypercar.

On the juicier side of things and according to Bugatti President Stephan Winkelmann, "driving the Bolide is like riding on a cannonball." Well, by the looks of it, we’ll have to take Bugatti’s word for it, since there’s no actual footage of the prototype being hooned on a racetrack.

Bugatti Just Revealed the Real Bolide Concept Car in Video, But We're Not Convinced
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Sure, Bugatti’s engineers can probably say that they’ve driven it as part of the R&D process and if there’s any video proof of that, well, Bugatti isn’t keen on showing it for the time being. So all we get is a video with the Bolide just sitting nicely, probably thinking what hypercars to devour for breakfast on the race track.

That said, the Bolide looks otherworldly compared to run-of-the-mill Bugattis, a trait that’s matched only by the mind-boggling spec sheet. Yes, it’s got the quad-turbo, 8-liter W-16 powerplant tweaked to produce 1,825 horsepower and 1,364 pound-feet of torque. But perhaps even more impressive is the weight Bugatti claims was able to torch off the Bolide’s shoulders: 1,600 pounds.

Bugatti Just Revealed the Real Bolide Concept Car in Video, But We're Not Convinced
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Bugatti Bolide specifications
Engine W-16
Horsepower 1,824 HP
Torque 1,364 LB-FT
Weight 2,733 lbs
0 to 60 mph 2.2 seconds

On top of that, Bugatti is confident that the Bolide can lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 5:23.1. When or if that will ever happen it’s hard to tell, but looking at those LMP1-style upward-folding doors, we’re inclined to believe such a feat is actually doable.

In the meantime, the One Percent can bask in the awesomeness of Bugatti’s Divo or Chiron Pur Sport before a decision is made on the Bolide’s future as a road car.

Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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