The winds of change are sweeping through the Bugatti brand.
It’s quite appropriate that Bugatti named its final W16-powered hypercar the W16 Mistral, as the origin of the name is in a wind that has its presence in southern France. As the Mistral is not only named after the wind, but is a roadster itself, the wind is incredibly relevant, and as the amazing hypercar embarks on a world tour, one of its stops was to the south of France to feel that very wind. Its characteristics are guiding principles for its eponymous hypercar, as the wind is powerful and blows year-round, and the movement of air was a paramount consideration in engineering the car.
Being a roadster, airflow is both a benefit and an important challenge in automotive design, as the Bugatti W16 Mistral is able to deliver a thrilling driving experience with the wind blowing past, but also has to balance the effects of drag, and ensure proper cooling and aerodynamics as the car moves. Being Bugatti, the designers and engineers of course achieved this, with a more advanced version of Bugatti’s signature horseshoe grille, a series of intakes, and the avant-garde x-shaped taillight assembly that allows air to exit. When it comes to the brand, the car itself, and the time in which it arrives, the Mistral wind is a thematically important part of what makes the new Bugatti W16 Mistral so special.