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You’re doing something right if you impress Frank Stephenson

When Frank Stephenson talks about car design, the prudent thing to do is to stop whatever you’re doing and listen to the man. After all, he is regarded as one of the best car designers of all time whose design portfolio includes the Ferrari F430, Maserati MC12, and just about every McLaren model that hit the market in the last decade.

Recently, Stephenson has taken on a new job as a YouTube personality, and, to everyone’s delight, his new gig involves critiquing vehicle designs from different manufacturers. Stephenson has already compiled an impressive library of videos, but his latest one just might be the most interesting of them all. In the latest episode of Supercar Designer, Frank Stephenson gives us his thoughts on the Bugatti Bolide.

When someone says he’s turned on by the design of a car, there’s good chance that he likes the design of the said car. Frank Stephenson, one of the greatest car designers of all time, dropped that not-so-subtle bombshell about the Bugatti Bolide in the latest episode of his increasingly popular Supercar Designer series on YouTube.

Stephenson didn’t mince his words, describing the Bolide’s design as the epitome of form also functioning as performance. This wasn’t an either-or proposition, as most other exotic cars are; the Bolide’s form, according to Stephenson, is also the performance.

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One look at the new Bugatti hypercar, and you can understand what he’s preaching. Every square inch of the car was designed for a specific purpose, right down to the staggering amount of intakes and all the negative space that you see around the car.

From a wow-factor perspective, the Bolide is a jaw-dropper. You’d expect as much from a car that traces its roots from the absolutely mental Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo Concept, albeit designed to conform to the rules of the real world. While that is true, it’s still hard not to think of the Bolide as a mental car design come to life.

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Then again, that doesn’t mean that Stephenson didn’t have a few design elements to nitpick. If he had his way, he’d make some changes to the headlight area, snorkel, and exhaust of the Bugatti hypercar. It’s admittedly not a lot in the way of significant changes, but what’d you expect from one of the GOAT car designers of all time?

All things considered, though, Stephenson was so all up in the Bolide’s grille he might as well have been hugging it. He gave the French hypercar a score of 9.9 out of 10, which would’ve been the highest score among all the car designs he’s critiqued. But it wasn’t; against all odds, Stephenson gave the Honda E — yes the tiny Japanese electric vehicle — a perfect score of 10.

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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
Kirby Garlitos
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Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read full bio
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