Regardless of its future, the Bolide would come with plenty of Bugatti signature touches. Like the Chiron and the Veyron that preceded it, the Bolide has two exterior paint colors (blue and black). Its small, horseshoe grille on the front matches the standard grille that has marked Bugattis since the Type 35 race cars of the 1920s.
The car also has massive vents to channel air along the top and sides of its body and big white X marks over where the headlights would be. Its unusually wide tires (400 mm on the rear axle, compared to 355 mm for the Chiron) are wrapped around big, black wheels that hide racing brakes with ceramic discs and coatings; four tail pipes stacked in a square at the center of the tail lights also cross in a big X.
The doors are hinged in front at an angle so they fold up when opened. Inside, the steering wheel is open at the top, like a video game handset. The cabin, lined in carbon fiber and blue suede, comes with two seats.
Even if the Bolide is never produced, consumers may see some innovations it contains in other, future vehicles.
In an industry first, Bugatti says it has fabricated a “morphable” outer skin for the air intake scoop on the Bolide’s roof. If the vehicle is driven at a slow speed, the surface of the scoop remains smooth; when the car is driven fast, a field of bubbles emerges.
According to Bugatti, the shifting effect is good enough to reduce aerodynamic drag of the scoop by 10 percent and overall lift by 17 percent, making sure the hypercar stays grounded at high speeds.
The Bolide reportedly has a 5:23.1-minute lap time around the Nuerburgring track in Germany, well under the 6:44.97 posted by a Lamborghini Aventador in 2018 and just behind the 5:19.546 posted by a Porsche 919 Hybrid EVO that year.