Aug 28, 2018 | By Thomas

Bugatti Automobiles, a French high-performance luxury automobiles manufacturer and a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, has unveiled its Divo hypercar at the exclusive automotive event "The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering" in Monterey, California.

Named after French racing driver and two-time Targa Florio winner, Albert Divo, who won multiple races in the Type 35 Bugatti, the Divo super sports car has a price tag of €5 million.

“To date, a modern Bugatti has represented a perfect balance between high-performance, straight-line dynamics and luxurious comfort,” Bugatti President Stephan Winkelmann said in a statement.

Featuring 3D printed fin rear lights, the Bugatti Divo super sports car is tuned for agility, nimbleness and optimum handling performance on winding roads. The aerodynamics of the model have been intensively fine-tuned and the suspension and chassis settings have been modified. As a result, the Divo is 35 kilograms (77 lbs) lighter than the standard Bugatti Chiron. Earlier this year, Bugatti reached a significant milestone with the development of the world’s first 3D printed brake calliper for Bugatti Chiron. Building on this previous successes, advanced 3D printing techniques were chosen for production of the new Divo super sports car’s fin tail light, in an effort to reduce weight from the previous design. The new rear lights are made from lightweight 3D printed fins, 44 of which light up to produce a striking effect. At the outer edges, the fins are wider to maximize the light output; toward the middle, they slim and the light fades.

The Divo's aerodynamics generate a 456 kilograms total downforce, 90kg (198 pounds) more than the standard Chiron. “The Divo has significantly higher performance in terms of lateral acceleration, agility, and cornering. The Divo is made for corners,” Winkelmann added.

Powered by Bugatti’s iconic eight-litre W16 engine with a power output of 1,500 PS, the Divo's maximum speed is limited to 380 km/h (236 mph). According to the company, the Divo can lap the Nardò handling circuit in southern Italy eight seconds faster than the Chiron.

“Our task was to develop a vehicle which would look different from the Chiron but still be immediately recognizable as a Bugatti,” said Achim Anscheidt, Director of Design of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S..

The Divo carries with three key elements of other classic Bugatti-brand cars: the horseshoe-shaped front grille, the typical Bugatti signature line on the vehicle’s side, and the characteristic fin that defines the longitudinal axis of the car when viewed from above.

“The Divo is a further example of our design philosophy ‘Form follows Performance’. In this case, the engineers and designers aimed to create a vehicle focusing on cornering speeds and lateral dynamics,” said Anscheidt.

Following its debut to a handful of chosen Chiron customers, the Bugatti Divo’s limited production run of 40 vehicles has sold out.

“When I took up my position at Bugatti at the beginning of the year, I soon learnt that our customers and fans were waiting for a special vehicle which would tell a further story for the brand in addition to the Chiron,” said Winkelmann.

“To date, a modern Bugatti has represented a perfect balance between high performance, straight-line dynamics and luxurious comfort. Within our possibilities, we have shifted the balance in the case of the Divo further towards lateral acceleration, agility and cornering. The Divo is made for bends,” Winkelmann added. “The Divo is a further project intended to thrill people and the world.”



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