The Bugatti Divo
The aggressive evolution of the Bugatti hypercar

The latest creation from French hypercar builder Bugatti has finally been released to the public in all its glory. Based on the Chiron chassis, the Divo takes Bugatti back to its roots as a coachbuilder, with completely new carbon fiber bodywork.

“The Divo is made for corners,” says Bugatti President Stephan Winkelmann. Compared to the Chiron, on which the Divo is based, the new limited edition significantly better in terms of lateral acceleration and agility. The Chiron can only go fast on straights, the Divo is also fast in curves. Compared to the Chiron, the Divo is slower than its predecessor reaching “just” 380 km/h. Still, according to Bugatti, the Divo can lap Italy’s Nardò handling circuit eight seconds faster.

But what makes the Divo so different? Under the hood is still the eight-liter W16 engine with 1,500 hp and 1,600 Nm torque at work. Even the permanent four-wheel drive is still on board. The Divo have ha lightweight tires and a carbon fiber cover,  and the suspension and chassis settings have also been modified. as a result, it is 35 kilograms lighter and has 90 kilograms more downforce than the standard Chiron.

A significant amount of work has been put in to rework the aerodynamics of the car. The hood is equipped with air intakes, reducing the frontal area, improving airflow and making the aerodynamics more efficient. Optimized air intakes also ensure improved airflow on the sides. The wider front spoiler produces more downforce and directs more air into the cooling system.

While air is key for the Divo’s speed, it also plays a crucial role in stopping the car. A lot of cooling is needed for the massive brakes, which are supplied via inlets in the front fenders and on the front radiator and on the diffusers in front of the tires. A heat shield redirects the hot air. In addition, the wheel arches are vented by fins on the fenders. The W16 engine receives its intake air via the NACA Air Duct air intake on the roof.

Toward the rear, the centerline becomes a fin as it moves out toward a much bigger rear wing. Below the Divo logo, there’s four square organ pipe exhausts, and out to the sides you’ll see our favourite touch: the 3D printed tail-light designs.

Bugatti chose to name the new car after one Albert Divo, a French fighter pilot and racing driver who won the Sicilian Targa Florio back-to-back in 1928 and 29. Divo was known for his quickness in tight corners.

The forty cars will generate a total of  €200 million for Bugatti, though it’s not known if that actually covers the cost of the redesign and the cars themselves. A standard Chiron starts at €2.4 million, less than half the price of the limited edition Divo. All forty have already been sold to a select group of Chiron customers.

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