The Bugatti Bolide has been anticipated for years, and for good reason. The brief for the car was to create the most extreme iteration of the W16-powered Bugatti hypercar possible. Extreme weight savings, advanced aerodynamics, and the freedom of its track-only nature make the Bolide a pure performance machine.
The fact that a track-only W16 hypercar is a departure from Bugatti’s norms called for an intense testing period, in which the Bolide was developed and perfected with lap after lap on the race track. Bugatti chose to debut the Bolide at one of the most important racing venues ever.
Gallery: Bugatti Le Mans
Specifically, that’s the Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France, where the 24 Hours of Le Mans was just held. Celebrating its 100th anniversary as the oldest running endurance race in the world, the historic racing weekend was where Bugatti brought out the Bolide to complete a lap of the legendary track.
At the wheel was Andy Wallace, winner of the 1988 Le Mans race and Bugatti Pilote Officiel since 2011. Fans were able to watch the bolide in complete unbridled action as it took to the course, and as the era of Bugatti’s incredible W16 engine finally comes to an end, the Bolide’s performance on the 24 Hours of Le Mans circuit is yet another reminder of what makes the car, and especially its engine, such an amazing innovation even decades after it was first introduced.