Bugatti strips track-only Bolide naked to show off its new advanced Carbon-fiber Monocoque chassis.
Bolide’s new monocoque is made of carbon fiber composites, type used in Formula 1 and Le Mans race cars.
It came out in flying colors in all three load impacts designed to simulate rollovers, including 7.5-ton load applied to its A-pillar.
Ahead of first customers deliveries in 2024, Bugatti has revealed more details of its track-only Bolide, including its innovative new carbon fiber monocoque and the various tests that have been carried out to ensure safety.
According to Bugatti, the Bolide’s advanced new monocoque is made of the highest quality carbon fiber composites, which are normally only used in Formula 1 and Le Mans race cars.
The new monocoque allows the French hypercar maker to wrap the Bolide closely as possible around the brand’s legendary 8.0-liter W16 engine that has powered the Veyron and all the variants of the outgoing Chiron.
To simulate a rollover, the Bolide was able to withstand a 7.5-ton load that was applied to its A-pillar without any cracks – even though a small, localized cracks were permissible at the point of impact to pass the test.
Two other rollover tests that saw the application of 12-tons load to the B-pillar and a 6-ton longitudinal load to the monocoque to simulate a rollover resulting in a rear impact with a barrier, were also passed with flying colors.
In addition to the safety provided by the new chassis, the Bugatti Bolide is also equipped with an automatic, military-grade fire extinguisher system to ensure even higher levels of safety.
Compared to extinguisher units widely used in conventional race cars, the automatic, military-grade fire extinguisher system on the Bugatti Bolide is a major safety upgrade in every respect.
“Since we made the decision to turn the Bolide vision into reality, we knew we were going to be uncompromisingly focused on several important design and development areas, but that focus was especially honed in high-performance and safety on-track attributes. For Bugatti, these characteristics are non-negotiable.”
“To pass these stringent but critical safety tests, we needed to ensure that everything about the monocoque was technically perfect so that on the track the Bolide is a race car that is safe and secure in every driving situation and environment”, says Christian Willmann, Bugatti Chief Engineer for the Bolide.
The French hypercar maker plans to make just 40 units of the i-out track-only Bugatti Bolide, with each starting at four million euros ($4.6 million) before the addition of options.