BUGATTI DIVO – WORLD PREMIERE
Bugatti Divo world premiere at “The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering“ in Monterey, California
Bugatti Divo, the newest and the most exclusive feather in the Bugatti’s cap. The stunning Divo was unveiled at the “The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering” in Monterey, California. Based on the Chiron Divo is a similarly capable machine and is further optimized to handle better on the winding roads of Europe. Blessed with the same Bugatti’s iconic 8.0-litre W16 engine with a power output of 1,500 hp. The aerodynamics of the model has been intensively fine-tuned and the suspension and chassis settings have been modified. As a result, the Divo is 35 kilograms (77 lbs) lighter and has 90 kilograms (198 lbs) more downforce than the standard Chiron. The lateral acceleration of the Bugatti Divo has been boosted to 1.6 g. The maximum speed is limited to a face-melting 380 km/h (236 mph)
Divo named after French racing driver and two-times Targa Florio winner Albert Divo (circa 1923). A veteran a fighter pilot in the First World War, looking for an adrenalin replacement. Divo joined Bugatti’s works team in 1928. The same year, he won the Targa Florio in Sicily driving a Type 35 B. He repeated this success the following year. He took third place at Spa in 1930. Up to 1933, he entered further races for Bugatti with the Types 51, 53 and 54, as well as hill climbs with the Types 45 and 47. From 1936, he raced for Delahaye and Talbot. He retired from racing in 1939. Following the Second World War, Albert Divo worked as a racing manager for Castrol. In 1962, he was a founder member of the Club International des Anciens Pilotes de Grand Prix F1 in Villars-Sur-Ollon (Switzerland). Divo received the Legion of Honour. He then led a withdrawn life and died in Morsang-sur-Orge to the south of Paris on 19 November 1966.
There’s a strict criteria to own this Bugatti Divo supercar: first, you have to be an existing owner of the 2.5 million euros Buggati Chiron. Now there are only 500 Chiron to be made, however, Bugatti made the competition a little more twisted by producing only 40 Divos. Each carrying a price tag of astronomical 5 million euros. The interesting bit is, all 40 Bugatti Divos are already sold out, the order book is just closed!
Back to the number game again. The Chiron is the fastest production car on the planet and is actually restricted to the only 261mph because of the tires limitation, though Chiron is capable of reaching more than that. So the Divo should also replicate the same as its carrying the same donor chassis and engine yet the Divo is restricted to only 236mph. the reason again is the tires limitation as Divo’s state of the art bodywork and design produces an extra 90 kgs of downforce which is of course transferred on the tires. however, get this: The Divo can lap the Nardò handling circuit in southern Italy eight seconds faster than the Chiron
The design team continued the evolution of the design elements for the Divo in line with the design brief and reinterpreted the design philosophy “Form follows Performance”. The outer skin of the Divo was designed in an uncompromising way to emphasize lateral acceleration. The main objective was to achieve optimum aerodynamic and thermodynamic efficiency. At the same time, the Divo represents a new styling approach which the design team has developed especially for a coach-built Bugatti and which is distinguished from the modern core products of the brand.
The slimmer sideline of the Divo helps make the vehicle look lower and longer. The new proportions allow a visual horizontal division of the body, which is reinforced by a special color scheme. The top, more elegant section is painted with a matte finish in a silver color “Titanium Liquid Silver” developed especially for the Divo. This effectively underpins the sculptural, muscular form of the car. The long domed areas with their smooth surfaces along the C-pillar and the rear side sections optically shift the driver’s cab forwards. This gives the Divo an extremely dynamic appearance even when the vehicle is standing still.
An entirely new architecture was developed for the front of the car. There are additional air inlets for brake cooling. The new, vertically oriented front lights with daytime running light on the outer edge in each case give the Divo an appearance of greater width. With a light opening which is only 35 mm (1 3/8“) flat, the extremely compact, lightweight LED headlights to move into a new technical dimension. A light animation developed especially for the Divo underlines the distinctive signature of the front end. The horizontal split into a lower carbon and an upper matt silver section also makes the Divo look lower and underlines the optical impression of width.
One highlight at the rear of the vehicle is definitely the new, highly sophisticated 3-D rear light. This is actually part of the rear grille, which is partly produced by a 3-D printing process and has special lightweight fins with a variety of sizes. A total of 44 of these fins light up, forming the rear light of the Divo. At the outer edge, the fins become wider, creating a more intensive light. Towards the center of the vehicle, they are narrower, resulting in gradual fading of the light. The result is a striking appearance which means that the Divo is also unmistakable from the rear.
The two-tone color scheme also intensifies the forceful impression created by the rear. The fenders are painted in “Titanium Liquid Silver” with a matte finish and are optically distinguished from the parts which control airflow at the rear end. Air outlets, rear spoiler, and diffuser have a carbon finish.
“Divo Racing Blue”, a bright turquoise blue shade developed especially for the Bugatti Divo, underlines the three-dimensional character of the three surfaces leading to the air inlets and outlets on the front, sides, and rear, creating dynamically contrasting effects.
There are only a handful of cars which have stirred the minds of most of us and some of us to become a part of this glorious automotive industry. The interest begins from the poster images hanging on doors, Bugatti Divo will continue this tradition and remain a poster car for the rest of the world, surely this will inspire the next generation to play their part in the near future!