A new Bugatti does not come every day, but only two years after the record breaking Chiron has been launched, there is already a new example: the Bugatti Divo. It is clearly a brother or sister of the existing car, but the divo nevertheless deviates from the family. Read on for five things you need to know about the Bugatti Divo.
Divo is a Chiron, but for turns
The last two flagships of Bugatti have earned superlatives in many ways, but in essence they have about one important measure: linear speed. With the 253 km / h Veyron first, in 2005, and then the 261 mph Chiron in 2016, the ridiculously fast driving in one direction has been the most important fame of the car manufacturer. Not a bad thing, but in the end, life throws a twist at you.
That is where the Divo comes into play. The engine is the same, a 8.0-liter W16 that delivers an enormous 1,479 horsepower, but the car is generally lighter than the Chiron. Only 77 pounds, but every bit helps if you're on the cutting edge in cars that produce performance.
Ironically, the Divo is actually slower than the Chiron, at least when it comes to top speed. Bugatti artificially limited it to 236 mph, and there is no Top Speed mode to unlock it to a higher maximum. The reason for this is that the Divo has a much larger downforce, making it more sticky in the corners. It also works: Bugatti says that the Divo on the Nardò processing circuit can be about eight full seconds faster than a Chiron.
It is advanced technology with an old-school twist
When Bugatti was first launched, it had little success as a coach builder in 1909, and made custom-made, one-off bodywork that would be installed on the existing chassis. The Divo is a kind of backlash at that time, with the underpinning of the Chiron donated in the name of creating a completely different vehicle in general.
It was also an opportunity for the newly installed Bugatti president Stephan Winkelmann to immediately impress the company. He started the Divo project when he took the position at the beginning of 2018, with engineers and designers who produced the car in just eight months. "When I started in Bugatti early this year," says Winkelmann, "I quickly found out that our customers and fans were waiting for a special vehicle that would tell a new story for the brand alongside the Chiron."
A special car needs a special name and Bugatti also looked at his own history. It is named after Albert Divo, the French driver who – at the wheel of a Bugatti Type 35 – twice won the Targa Florio race, in 1928 and 1929.
It's all about the aero
If you want to go fast in a straight line, you need minimal resistance. However, if you want to keep to the corner, you need downforce, and that is exactly what the primary changes of the Divo yield. In comparison with a Chiron, the new car adds 198 pounds of extra downforce.
Every pound of it is deserved with difficulty. At the front, for example, there are new air intakes that help cut the effective cross-sectional area of the car. Side and fins on the sides also create an "air curtain" that improves the air flow over and around the Divo. A wide front spoiler has extra ventilation openings that lead to more cooling air in the body.
Over the roof, the new design is a flow-optimized NACA air duct, which is fed down into the reworked engine compartment cover. Changes to the wheel arch venting help to cool the brakes more, while a new height-adjustable rear spoiler is located at the rear. That's 72-inch wide – 23 percent wider than the spoiler on the Chiron – and can fold upright to act as an air brake for extreme deceleration.
The same silhouette, very different car
At first glance, the Divo is in no way comparable to a Bugatti and a Cheiron-based Bugatti. Still, look a bit longer and the differences between the cars start to show themselves. Of course, the custom paintwork helps Titanium Liquid Silver on the top, and petrol blue tinted Divo Carbon carbon fiber underneath, with Divo Racing Blue highlights – but there is more to it than color.
The sideline of the Divo is slimmer and emphasizes the low, long ratios of the car. Vertically directed lights at the front have a daytime running light on the outer edge, making the car look wider. Lightweight LED headlights were chosen because of their relatively small size: the designers of Bugatti only left the technicians a 35 mm deep space for the light opening. The Divo also receives a custom light animation.
However, the differences are most obvious at the back. The 3D lights are part of the rear grille and are partly produced by 3D printing. It consists of clusters of lightweight fins, 44 of which light up. At the outer edges the fins are wider to maximize light output; to the middle, they narrow and the light fades.
Even if you can afford it, you are unlucky
No Bugatti is ever cheap, but the Divo is expensive, even according to the standards of the automaker. Where the Chiron starts at $ 3 m, and the Chiron Sport pushes it to about $ 3.26 m, the Divo comes to $ 5.72 m.
Now for the really bad news. Bugatti makes only forty of the Divo, a very limited production run which means that the chance of ever seeing someone on the road is rare. Even if you could pay the price tag, all forty cars have already been sold.