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Bugatti Reveals First Customer Divo Hypercars, They’re All Amazing


Highly personalized, efficient and very exclusive. Since its world premiere in August 2018, the Bugatti Divo1 has been one of the most extraordinary hyper sports cars in the world. Today, the first out of a total of 40 Divos only is given to customers of the Atelier in the Alsatian town of Molsheim – for a net unit price of 5 million euros. This marks the end of a difficult development process that lasted almost two years.

“The Divo marks an important milestone in Bugatti’s history that spans more than 110 years. The Divo will now be part of our history books alongside cutting-edge hyper sports cars Veyron and Chiron2, says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. “The Divo opens a new era at Bugatti – the era of modern bodywork. With the Divo, we’ve created a highly personalized masterpiece of automotive craftsmanship that is a must-have for any Bugatti collection. The new hyper-sporty car is named after Albert Divo, a French driver and racing driver who was also Bugatti factory driver for a time. In a span of 20 years, Divo has achieved many victories, among others winning six Grand Prix races and two Targa Florio.

Divo revives the tradition of bodywork

The English word “coach” refers to a car or a car, and bodywork is tantamount to high fashion in the fashion industry: it describes cars personalized to individual tastes. In 1932, Jean Bugatti, son of company founder Ettore Bugatti, was already creating the elegant roadster body for the Type 41 Royale luxury vehicle at the age of 23. Its owner was textile magnate Armand Esders, which is why the vehicle is known today as the “Royale Esders”. Jean Bugatti’s masterpiece, however, is considered the Type 57 SC Atlantic, a 200+ hp sports coupe with stunning bodywork of which only four were built.

The difference in terms of today’s bodywork like the Divo is that in the past, master bodybuilders simply fit different body shapes to a chassis – they hardly ever changed the technology. In contrast, with the new developers of Divo, designers and engineers have changed technology and improved performance. “We had a lot of freedom when we developed the Divo because we limited the top speed to 380 km / h. As a result, we were able to generate more support and make the Divo a visually and technically independent model, ”says Deputy Design Director Frank Heyl. As a result, the high-performance hyper sports car has become even more agile.

However, the new Bugatti also differs from the Chiron in its appearance. Thanks to its slimmer side line and additional air intakes to cool the brakes, the Divo feels flatter and sportier. The hood now has air intakes which reduce the front sufrace of the vehicle and improve airflow. An optimized aerodynamic curtain ensures improved aerodynamics at the front and rear sides of the vehicle. The new front spoiler design creates more downforce, directing more air to the front air intakes. Four independent air sources on each side of the vehicle cool the brakes. The compact and lightweight LED headlights with a narrow light aperture measuring just 35 millimeters are particularly eye-catching. These headlight slots with boomerang daytime running lights extend far into the fenders so the radiator appears to be floating.

Back parts produced as part of the 3D printing process

Equally impressive are the complex 3D taillights. They are part of the rear grille which was produced on the basis of procedures including 3D printing. It features special fins. A total of 44 of these fins light up and form the tail light. The stunning NACA Air Duct with the center spoiler on the roof provides the 8.0 liter W16 engine generating 1,500 horsepower with its intake air. It simultaneously improves aerodynamics, guides air to the 1.83 meter wide rear spoiler in a more targeted manner and minimizes turbulence. A raised diffuser supports the effect of width at the rear, making it optically flatter. “Visually, we have structured the Divo into an upper part, the organic part, and a lower part, the mechanical part. As a result, we emphasize the wide character of the vehicle and the Divo looks even sportier, ”says Frank Heyl. The blue lines on the tires are equally striking, making the wheels appear larger and therefore sportier.

The production process is also crucial for Divo. It is the first Bugatti model to be created digitally. The designers and developers evaluated the model using virtual reality glasses, machined hard foam models at a scale of 1: 1 based on it, and looked at the proportions at a distance of 30-40 meters to get a better idea of ​​shapes and proportions. “The symbiosis between the designers and the CAD modeling team was inspiring and very creative teamwork. Thanks to the close collaboration, we were able to create a new model in just five months – an extremely short period ”, explains Frank Heyl. Since then, Bugatti has continued to digitize and improve development processes so that each model is now visually developed on a digital basis. This means brand aficionados can look forward to the future in store for them.

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