Bugatti has confirmed that a track-focused car based on its Chiron hypercar, named Divo, is on the way.
A shot showing embroidered branding for the car reveals none of the performance-boosting revisions over the Chiron, but the hashtag ‘Built for corners’ suggests a set-up more suited to track driving than outright speed. Bugatti also lauds the car's "enormous downforce and G-forces".
The name comes from the 1928 and 1929 Targa Florio-winning, French Bugatti race driver Albert Divo.
Bugatti hasn't revealed the car yet, but confirms that Divo will be the first project undertaken by its newly resurrected coachbuilding division. "New, strong design language" suggests its look will be notably distinct from that of the regular Chiron.
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The Divo is expected to follow the Sport in getting no alterations to Bugatti's 1479bhp quad-turbo 8.0-litre W16, but lightweighting measures, downforce-boosting bodywork, upgraded suspension and other corner-friendly mechanical tweaks are confirmed.
It’s likely that the Divo will complete the brand's line-up for the foreseeable future, given that it will be the third variant launched in two years. Bugatti will charge £4.42 million for each of the 40 Divos that will be made - a heavy premium over the other two models.
“Happiness is not around the corner. It is the corner. The Divo is made for corners. With the Divo, we want to thrill people throughout the world. With this project, the Bugatti team has an opportunity to interpret the brand DNA in terms of agile, nimble handling in a significantly more performance-oriented way," said Bugatti boss Stephan Winkelmann.
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.