After revealing its extreme new race car, the Bolide, virtually a few weeks ago, Bugatti has now released new images of a real-life prototype.

Boasting an 8.0-litre W16 engine with an output of 1,825 horsepower and 1,850Nm of torque, the Bolide has a claimed top speed of “well over” 500kph.

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Although historically the brand has had many racecars, the modern-day Bugatti was more about hyper GTs. The Bolide is the first modern Bugatti track car.

From an experimental design study, the Bolide was developed into a real, drivable concept vehicle in less than a year, using new materials and manufacturing processes that Bugatti says were proven to be reliable with both real and virtual testing laps.

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The engineers simulated maximum loads, acceleration times and lap times in the virtual environment.

In these simulated tests, the Bolide took 3:07.1 minutes to complete a lap of Le Mans and 5:23.1 minutes to get round the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

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“With the Bolide we have dared to pursue an experiment of extremes. In our history that dates more than 110-years, there has never been a comparable model based on such a minimalist concept conceived solely around the engine,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. “An output of up to 1,850 PS is combined with a weight of just 1,240 kilograms – giving an unprecedented weight-to-power ratio of only 0.67 kilograms per PS. Driving the Bolide is like riding on a cannonball.”

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