Bugatti Chiron Divo lined up as downforce-honed variant


Bugatti Chiron Divo lined up as downforce-honed variant

A single preview shot of the car gives little away, but its caption makes a considerable suggestion

Bugatti has suggested that a more track-friendly version of its Chiron hypercar, named the Chiron Divo, is on the way.

A shot showing embroidered branding for the car reveals none of the performance-boosting revisions to the Chiron, but the hashtag ‘Built for corners’ suggests a set-up more suited to track driving than outright speed.

Set to be revealed at The Quail Motorsports Gathering later this summer, the Divo will add to the series of editions that starts with the standard, £2.5 million Chiron and continues to the more lightweight, hardcore Chiron Sport.

It’s likely that the Divo will complete the Chiron line-up for the foreseeable future, given that it will be the third variant launched in two years. No price has been suggested, but a heavy premium is expected over the other two models, meaning a price tag of £3 million or more could be attached.

The Divo is expected to follow the Sport in getting no alterations to Bugatti’s 1479bhp quad-turbo 8.0-litre W16, although lightweighting measures, downforce-boosting bodywork, upgraded suspension and other corner-friendly mechanical tweaks are likely.

Last year, Bugatti set the record for the 0-400kph-0 run with a time of 41.96sec, but Koenigsegg broke this record twice a few weeks later. Koenigsegg also broke the production car speed record, which has remained unchallenged by Bugatti.

Bugatti hasn’t hinted at any motorsport intentions with the Divo, except for the location of its unveiling, but it would likely be a contender for the production car Nürburgring lap record.

To set the record, it would have to beat the Nio EP9‘s time of 6:45.90. If it were to do so, it would make three of the five fastest production car laps from Volkswagen Group products, joining the current second-place holder, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, and fourth-place Lamborghini Huracán Performante.

Porsche also recently smashed the outright ‘Ring record with its modified Le Mans car, the 919 Evo.

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Source:: Autocar