The Bugatti W16 Mistral, the pinnacle of beauty

Bugatti W16 Mistral


Bugatti’s DNA is based on exceptional performance and power, all combined with a design of timeless beauty. The W16 Mistral – the last roadster in Bugatti’s history and the last road appearance of the iconic W16 engine – is a masterpiece that celebrates the symbiosis between design and engineering.

Emilio Scervo, Chief Technology Officer at Bugatti Rimac, said: “MeIt is important, to reach more than 420 km/h with an open vehicle, to have an effective management of both thermodynamics and aerodynamics, and it is more than a 1,600 PS engine, certainly the most advanced created ever. We need to think carefully about how the shape of the W16 Mistral will guide the air in and around the vehicle to achieve a good balance between optimal cooling and aerodynamics. Of course, we have to do it with a sense of elegance worthy of a signature roadster. Bugatti. The W16 Mistral is a car designed both for the use our customers will put it to, but also for the sense of timelessness it should convey. »

This combination of a pure artistic vision and a perfect mastery of the laws of physics takes shape thanks to the design and engineering teams of Bugatti. In front of W16 Mistrala reinterpretation – wider, deeper and three-dimensional – of the famous horseshoe grille makes it possible to supply air, from an inlet, to the engine’s high-temperature radiator, allocating two intake side air in the cooling system.

Air flow around the front ends of the vehicle is channeled through two inlets: one near the wheel and the other carefully integrated into the new three-dimensionally designed headlights. As it passes through the tires, the air is guided from an area of ​​high pressure to an area of ​​low pressure to prevent turbulence and drag phenomena that can affect the performance of the W16 Mistral.

Achim Anscheidt, Design Director of Bugatti Rimac, said: “The frontal appearance of the car is dominated by these large air intakes and, even the lug Bugatti is immediately recognizable, we also take some elements from some models like DivoThe Centodieci and the black car. The windshield wraps around the pillars forming an elegant visor and the front of the vehicle is vertical to create a design that is both speed optimized and elegant. »

The profile of the new roadster incorporates a revisited version of the popular C-line that is strikingly characteristic of Chiron. The line around the side air intake now extends to the upper edge of the side windows, then three-dimensionally to the windscreen. The design of this new line, a central element of the visual identity of W16 Mistral which seems to be leaping forward, is not easy.

To do this properly, we need to separate the engine air intake from the oil cooler. » explains Achim Anscheidt, « If we put them together, the entrances on each side of the vehicle should be disproportionately enlarged. That’s why we preferred to rely on what was done for the Veyron 16.4 Speed​​​​​​​​ and the Type 57 Roadster Grand Raid by integrating the engine air intake behind the headrests. This solution is elegant, functional and safe at the same time; the thin side air intakes therefore only supply air to the oil coolers, while the engine air intakes now take place behind the headrests, thus playing an important role in the vehicle’s sound signature. protecting the occupants in the event of a rollover . »

All of the air drawn in through the side intakes is directed to two radiators located on each side of the vehicle, then it passes through the rear wheels and then exits the “X” shaped rear lights – a -stylish reinterpretation of the iconic headlights. of the Speedster6. The air flows out through the triangular cavities located between the beams of the “X” light, thus creating a pressure drop between the side air intakes and the rear outlets of the W16 Mistral, which helps to regulate the temperature of the engine, even under heavy load. loaded.

Emilio Scervo continued: “The W16 Mistral is able to reach 420 km/h in “Top Speed” mode, while giving the driver a feeling of absolute safety. Offering total control of our vehicles regardless of conditions and speed is an important part of Bugatti’s DNA and to make this possible in W16 Mistral the aerodynamic configuration of the vehicle needs to be carefully considered. Thanks to the skill of the engineers and the talent of the designers, the W16 Mistral offers both excellent downforce and maximum drag reduction. This perfect balance is due to its carefully designed front spoiler, its highly aerodynamic underbody and the high rate of airflow that passes through both sides of the streamlined rear wing when it is deployed. »

In “Top Speed” mode, the W16 Mistral will roll with a slight tilt behind the wing to reduce drag. The rear diffuser is also optimized because the force created by a diffuser generates very little drag. The edge of the diffuser has been raised to increase its angle of inclination and its expansion rate, which helps to maintain the excellent handling of the W16 Mistral, to combine its maximum speed… and at the same time, to boost its reputation as the ultimate roadster.

And Achim concluded: The W16 Mistral symbolizing a high point in Bugatti’s history; this is the kind of car that will be seen on the lawns of the greatest Concours d’Elegance for tens, if not hundreds of years. We have created a timeless interior for this vehicle, including a selection of intricately woven leather, thoroughly tested and manufactured to Bugatti quality standards, for door panels specially designed for W16 Mistral. And as a nod to the famous ancestors of W16 Mistral – like the Type 41 Royale – the gear lever, made from a solid block of aluminum, features a touch of wood and an amber insert that incorporates Rembrandt Bugatti’s famous dancing elephant sculpture. »

Alone 99 copies of the W16 Mistral will be built. Deliveries will begin in 2024. The entire production of W16 Mistral has already been sold, at a unit price of 5 million euros excluding taxes.

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