Renowned French car manufacturer Bugatti recently unveiled its newest super sports car model, the Divo, much to the excitement of the automotive world. The car, which premiered at The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering event in Monterey, California, was released in an extremely limited series (only 40 vehicles were made). Even priced at €5 million a unit, the stunning sports car sold out almost immediately.
But what is it exactly that made car enthusiasts so eager to shell out €5 million? A number of things, really. The car, designed for agility and optimal handling performance on winding roads, integrates a number of exciting features, including a 3D printed grille, which take it a cut above many sports cars on the market.
Taking a peak under the hood, the Divo super car runs Bugatti’s famous eight-litre W16 engine with a power output of 1,500 PS, the same engine built into Bugatti’s luxury Chiron sports car. Other elements of the Divo, such as a refined aerodynamics programme, new chassis and suspension settings and a new design language, have improved upon the Chiron’s performance. For instance, the Divo boasts 90 kg more downforce than the Chiron and is 35 kg lighter. On the Nardò handling circuit in Italy, Bugatti says the Divo would beat the Chiron by eight seconds.
“To date, a modern Bugatti has represented a perfect balance between high performance, straight-line dynamics and luxurious comfort,” said Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. “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.”
The new sports car, named after 1920s French racing driver Albert Divo, is certainly a sight to behold. With its air intakes and wide front spoiler, the Divo boasts higher aerodynamic properties and higher downforce. The car’s rear end, for its part, integrates a height-adjustable, spoiler that functions as an air brake and can be set to different angles for various driving modes. Measuring 1.83 meters in width, the rear spoiler is actually 23% wider than the Chiron’s, resulting in better air brake performance and more downforce.
Notably, the Divo features a new chassis developed specifically for cornering dynamics. The chassis boasts increased camber which, while enabling sharper turns and more agility, does limit the speed of the car to 380 km/h. The lateral acceleration of the Divo can reach 1.6 g, which is also conducive to better driving on winding roads.
As mentioned, the Divo is 35 kg lighter than the Chiron sports car, a feat which was achieved through various design modifications, such as lighter wheels and a lightweight carbon fiber intercooler cover. Other lightweighting measures that were taken included reducing the amount of insulation material, a lighter sound system, and eliminating certain stowage compartments.
Perhaps most excitingly for us is the fact that the Divo sports car features a 3D rear light built into a partially 3D printed rear grille. The grille itself, which was optimized for weight reduction, consists of a series of 3D printed fins, in various sizes, which light up. “At the outer edge, the fins become wider, creating a more intensive light,” writes Bugatti. “Towards the centre of the vehicle, they are narrower, resulting in gradual fading of the light. The result is a striking appearance which means that the Divo is also unmistakable from the rear.”
This is not the first time that the French automobile manufacturer has turned to 3D printing for its luxury sports cars. Earlier this year, Bugatti worked with Siemens to improve upon the Chiron’s aerodynamics control system with 3D printed bionic titanium components and carbon fiber tubes.
“The feedback from our customers was overwhelming,” added Winkelmann. “We showed the Divo to a small group of selected Chiron customers. All 40 cars were sold immediately—this was fantastic confirmation for the Bugatti team which had put so much dedication and passion into the project.”