In 2020, Bugatti introduced the Bolide as a mere concept, never intended for production. However, the recent showcase of its cabin design surpasses the initial insanity, with surfaces that appear adorned in carbon fiber actually revealing the exposed carbon-fiber tub unique to the Bolide, meeting FIA standards for top-tier sports prototypes.
This distinctive tub allowed Bugatti’s designers to alter the seating position compared to the Chiron, resulting in a more reclined stance akin to race cars. The carbon-fiber shell seats, in four sizes, are affixed to the tub for optimal weight reduction, offering adjustable positions for the steering wheel and pedals.
Among the new features absent in the concept is the X-shaped steering wheel, inspired by the taillights’ design, boasting eight buttons and two dials for ABS and traction control settings. Surprisingly, it can be detached, serving as a display piece when the Bolide is parked.
Behind the captivating steering wheel, a curved panel hosts three digital displays, presenting a choice between core racing data and more comprehensive information. Noteworthy are the climate control vents, uniquely styled with four large aluminum pipes, mirroring the exhaust tips layout.
Safety remains paramount, with features like a fire-suppression system, six-point harnesses, a HANS head-and-neck safety system, and robust headrest brackets made from 3D-printed aluminum. Despite being just over half a pound each, they withstand loads exceeding 1,500 pounds, as verified by Bugatti.
At the core of the Bolide’s track-oriented prowess lies Bugatti’s quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W-16 engine, tuned to deliver 1,578 hp on 98-octane fuel or an astounding 1,824 hp on 110-octane racing fuel. All four turbochargers operate continuously, paired with an upgraded 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission driving all four wheels.
Weighing slightly under 3,200 pounds, the Bolide promises peak performance in motorsports. Despite its staggering $4.3 million price tag, all 40 production slots are filled, and deliveries are set to commence in 2024.