Bu­gatti’s su­per­ex­pen­sive Divo hy­per­car is al­ready sold out

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Business Day - Motor News - - COMMERCIAL NEWS - Michael Tay­lor

The Bu­gatti Vey­ron was fast and ex­pen­sive, the com­pany’s Ch­i­ron was faster and more ex­pen­sive and now the Divo is the most ex­pen­sive pro­duc­tion car in his­tory.

The €5m hy­per­car, based on the still-fresh Ch­i­ron, has al­ready sold out its full al­lo­ca­tion of 40 cars to cus­tomers that al­ready own the Ch­i­ron.

In­stead of just raw power, the Divo fo­cuses more on agility than the heavy hit­ter, with more down­force and a 35kg weight re­duc­tion said to slash eight sec­onds from its lap time on the Nardo test cen­tre’s 6km han­dling cir­cuit.

Lim­ited to 380km/h, the Divo still couldn’t quite match its blue body hints to the blue Pirelli side­walls but can boost its lat­eral ac­cel­er­a­tion up to 1.6g.

VIS­UAL CHANGES

The 1,125kW, quad-turbo W12 will ben­e­fit from sus­pen­sion tun­ing, lower ride height and hard-core chas­sis tun­ing, with vis­ual changes.

“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,” Bu­gatti pres­i­dent Stephan Winkel­mann said.

“The Bu­gatti team was also ea­ger to im­ple­ment a project like this. We have shifted the bal­ance fur­ther to­ward lat­eral ac­cel­er­a­tion, agility and cor­ner­ing,” Winkel­mann said.

Named af­ter France’s dual Targa Flo­rio win­ner, Al­bert Divo, it gen­er­ates 95kg more down­force at 200km/h than the Ch­i­ron — 456kg of an­tilift­ing help.

It has smaller air in­takes to re­duce the frontal area and drag of the hy­per­car, with four in­de­pen­dent brake air in­lets.

REAR SPOILER

It runs a duct in the roof to op­ti­mise its air­flow to the en­gine, while its new ad­justable rear spoiler takes lessons from Lam­borgh­ini’s Per­for­mante pro­gramme. Not coin­ci­den­tally, Lam­borgh­ini is one of Winkel­mann’s for­mer re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

The 1.83m wide spoiler has a 23% larger area than the Ch­i­ron’s, de­liv­er­ing both brak­ing and down­force im­prove­ments.

Bu­gatti pres­i­dent Stephan Winkel­mann re­vealed the Divo at Mon­terey in Cal­i­for­nia.

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