Here’s a little information about the beautiful 2021 Bugatti Divo which was on display at the 2022 Concours of Elegance. One of the most awesomely fast cars of all time. You can see more Concours of Elegance news, reviews, videos and galleries here.
What do you do when you’ve built the fastest production road car in the world not just once, but twice? For Bugatti the answer was simple-try to make the fastest track car in the world.
The result is the Bugatti Divo, named after French racing driver Albert Divo, who piloted his Bugatti to two Targa Florio victories in the 1920s.
The basis for the car is the Bugatti Chiron. This means the Divo retains that car’s quad-turbocharged, 8.0-litre W16 engine, transmitting power to the road via a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and all-wheel drive. Bugatti’s engineers re-designed the exhaust system with quad tail pipes, and fitted a 1.8 metre-wide fixed rear wing that’s nearly 25 percent broader than the Chiron’s retractable item. The NACA duct on the roof funnels air to the back of the car via a central fin to the rear wing, massively ramping up downforce.
The quest for aerodynamic perfection continues at the front, with a deeper chin spoiler, reprofiled side skirts, bigger front air intakes, a radiator cooling vent in the bonnet, redesigned lighting units and vented wheel arches to cool the enormous carbon brakes. Visually, the Divo is inspired by the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo and Type 57SC Atlantic. Stiffer springs and dampers have been fitted in the pursuit of ultimate track gains.
In the quest to save weight, much of the sound insulation has been thrown away, the sound system has been slimmed down and interior storage is dispensed with. Even the wiper blades are made from carbon fibre – in all, the Divo weighs 35kg less than a Chiron Sport.
As a result of all these changes, the Divo bests its Chiron brethren around the Nardo test track by eight seconds, and generates 90kg more downforce at its top speed, a total of 456kg. Its top speed is less than the Chiron – a ‘mere’ 236mph-thanks to the extra drag created by the refined aerodynamic elements and the lower ride height’s effect on the tyres.
The engine was unchanged from the Chiron, which meant maxiumum outputs of 1470bhp and 11801b ft, which is good enough to whisk a Divo owner from 0-62mph in 2.4 seconds. However, the Divo pulls higher lateral acceleration, 1.6g in the corners compared to the Chiron’s 1.5g.
Just 40 examples of the Divo were produced, all of which were pre-sold before the car’s public debut to Chiron owners via VIP invitation from Bugatti ateliers.