The Bugatti Divo hypercar was launched a few days ago at the Pebble Beach car week event in California. Divo was being teased by Bugatti for a few weeks now.

A more focussed Chiron

The new model is based on the Chiron hypercar, but has been sharpened up for track use. And it boasts an eye-catching new body shape. It uses the same quad-turbo W16 engine as the Chiron, which produces 1 104 kW, but features a bespoke body and tuning to make it more adept at cornering.

Bugatti President Stephan Winkelmann: “The Bugatti Divo hypercar has significantly higher performance in terms of lateral acceleration, agility and cornering. The Divo is made for corners.”

A raft of changes

A mass-saving programme has helped to shed 35 kg, which isn’t a massive saving all things considered. Modified suspension and aerodynamics are more notable.

The rear spoiler has a width of 1,83 metres 23 percent wider than on the Chiron. The adjustable, wider spoiler performs as an air brake and helps create 90 kg more downforce. A redesigned rear diffuser is the other major element that contributes to the total downforce 456 kilograms. With the change in aerodynamics and emphasis on handling top speed has been limited to ‘just’ 380 km/h.

Bugatti claims that the Divo is able to generate up to 1,6G of lateral acceleration, and is eight seconds quicker than a Chiron around the VW Group’s Nardo handling circuit.

The supercar is named after Albert Divo, a racing driver who won the famous Targa Florio race, in the late 1920s, twice while driving Bugattis.

“The feedback from our customers was overwhelming,” the Bugatti President reports. “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.”

Click here to see a video of the Bugatti Divo in action.