Bugatti has just announced a new project that marks a massive shift away from the record-breaking heavyweights in the Veyron and Chiron lines. Bugatti is going lightweight and high-downforce.
The brand is building an all-new lightweight circuit special called the Divo, after French racing driver Albert Divo, who won the Targa Florio for Bugatti twice in the late 1920s. The car will, says Bugatti, be based on the requirements such a race needs, prioritising “outstanding handling properties” and “enormous downforce and g-forces.”
All we have to go on at this stage is this teaser image and the hints in the press release. Bugatti President Stephan Winkelmann, formerly of Audi Sport and Lamborghini, said:
“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.”
Well, that’s got our underwear all aflutter. The Divo’s price is set at €5 million (£4.4 million) before taxes (and customisation), and just 40 will be made. The official reveal, where we’ll learn everything else that there is to know about what is nailed-on to be an incredible new machine, is scheduled for 24 August. We can’t wait.