Bugatti reveals its latest petrol car which it hopes will be the world’s fastest convertible

It is also Bugatti’s last petrol-only car. Future models will be hybrid.

Only 99 Mistrals will be made and all were already sold before the car was even unveiled to the public on Friday in Carmel, California, according to Bugatti.

“There can only be one goal in mind: to become the fastest roadster in the world again,” the company said in its announcement.

Bugatti has not said what the expected top speed of the Mistral might be. The last time Bugatti could claim to have the fastest convertible in the world was in 2013 when a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse convertible went 254 miles per hour on Volkswagen’s test track in Germany.

The current convertible top speed record is claimed by the Hennessey Venom F5 Roadster made by Hennessey Performance Engineering in Texas. The $3 million, 1,800 horsepower car reached a speed of 265.6 miles per hour in 2016.

Convertibles usually have a lower top speed than hardtop cars due to their poorer aerodynamics.

The Mistral will also be the last model to feature Bugatti’s famous W16 16-cylinder engine. Mate Rimac, CEO of Bugatti-Rimac, the company that now owns the Bugatti brand, said that future Bugatti models will be hybrids. It’s unclear what kind of gas engine these future models will have, but it won’t be the same W16 that, with various developments and refinements, has powered every modern Bugatti car since 2005.

The version of that engine used in the Mistral is the same one that powered the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport which Bugatti claimed in 2019 was capable of reaching speeds of nearly 305 miles per hour.

Air for the Mistral’s large engine is drawn in through air scoops behind each of the car’s two seats. The air scoops are made of carbon fiber and are designed to support the full weight of the car to protect the occupants in the event of a rollover collision. Air intakes on the side of the car are for the oil coolers. The air that passes through the oil coolers is vented through the Mistral’s X-shaped taillights.

The Mistral’s design was inspired by the classic Bugatti Type 57 Roadster Grand Raid from 1934. Specifically, Bugatti’s designers looked at a Roadster Grand Raid that is currently on display at the Louwman car museum in the Netherlands, according to Bugatti. The car’s sharply angled V-shaped windshield and humps that rise behind each of the seats are among the similarities to the modern car.

The front of the Mistral has its own distinctive design with headlights each made of four light rods. The central horseshoe-shaped grille is also deeper and wider than on the hardtop cars.

The first cars will be delivered to customers in 2024, according to Bugatti. Bugatti was separated from the Volkswagen Group in 2021 and has now entered into a partnership with the Croatian electric supercar manufacturer Rimac. Bugatti production remains at its traditional home in Molsheim, France.

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