1,850-PS Bugatti Bolide has Brembo’s biggest ever carbon brakes


POWERED by an 8.0-litre quad-turbo W16 engine that packs 1,850 PS and 1,850 Nm, the Bugatti Bolide is an insanely fast track car.

But to set the fastest lap times, sheer power alone won’t be enough because a car also needs powerful brakes. This is where Brembo comes into the picture.

For the Bolide project, Brembo racing engineers worked in close collaboration with Bugatti to develop a unique brake system that could match the car’s colossal power.

Following two years of demanding testing and development, they came up with a carbon-carbon system that is on par with the technology that goes into LMh/LMDh and Formula 1 machinery.

At the front, there are 390 x 37.5 mm carbon discs clamped by two eight-piston monobloc calipers, each with four high-performance pads 25 mm thick. According to Bugatti, the front brakes are Brembo’s largest carbon-carbon brake ever.

At the rear, Bugatti uses two six-piston monobloc calipers paired with 390 x 34 mm carbon discs. These calipers also have four pads but slightly thinner at 24.5 mm. While not as big as their front counterparts, the rear brake system’s specifications match that of the LMDh racing class.

The presence of this carbon-ceramic brake system not only gives the Bolide adequate braking power but also helps reduce its overall weight, with each disc weighing only 3.175 kg.

Interestingly, Brembo engineers also helped designed the air ducts on the Bolide to enhance cooling. As a result, 85-90% of the airflow is directed to the discs and pads, with a smaller portion reaching the calipers.

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