The Bugatti Bolide has been voted as this year’s most beautiful hypercar by a jury of design professionals during the 36th Festival Automobile International in Paris. The limited run “experimental” track-focused model won in the hypercar category “by a substantial margin” according to Bugatti, among a total of four finalists.
The category’s rules state that the cars must be “produced in series but sold for more than 60,000 euros, which display a sporty design and outstanding performance”. The four finalists for the category also included the BAC Mono 2, Gordon Murray’s T.50, and the Mercedes-AMG Project One.
Among the four, the Bugatti Bolide is probably the most expensive one of the bunch, with a price of four million Euros each. Although, we’re pretty sure that the price isn’t taken into consideration for the actual award, because the Bolide does look properly mad.
Designed specifically for the track, every surface of the Bolide was designed firstly with function (such as aerodynamics) in mind, then only followed by style. That’s why there’s all the crazy elements such as the numerous air ducts all around the exterior, and the X-shaped taillight-diffuser combo, but it also speaks volumes of how good Bugatti’s designers are.
“The Bolide was an entirely different challenge for our design team, and a kind of mental experiment where we stripped the car back to its W16 quad-turbocharged heart and rebuild it with the bare minimum to create the most extreme Bugatti yet,” said Bugatti Design Director, Achim Anscheidt. “The key for us was to respect the technical requirements of Bolide, focusing first on the function and only then developing the form.”
“It’s an honour for us that the resulting design has won such a highly coveted award, voted for by experts in our field. Praise must go to the entire design team, each dedicated to their craft in harmonizing and perfecting all aspects of the Bolide’s design during an innovative four-months, purely digital process,” Anscheidt added.
The Bugatti Bolide was first unveiled in October last year, in the form of a one-off concept car. However, due to the overwhelming response from its customers, Bugatti finally decided in August 2021 that it’ll be making a limited 40-unit run of the model as a track-only hypercar.
Aside from a unique exterior design, the Bolide also packs a massive punch in performance. The concept car featured a unique tune on Bugatti’s iconic quad-turbo 8.0-litre W16 engine, which makes a mind-bending 1,850 hp using RON110 race fuel.
For the production version, however, Bugatti (sensibly) tuned it down to a “mere” 1,600 hp and 1,600 Nm of torque – but you’ll be able to fuel the car with the more widely-available RON98 petrol.