|1986 Civetta Bolide 350GT|
|Production||1981 - 1988|
|Body style||2-door coupe|
|Layout||Mid-engine, rear-wheel drive|
The Civetta Bolide is a 1980s sports car built by Civetta. Named after the Italian word for "Fireball", the Bolide is a wedge-shaped car with defined angles, pop-up headlights, and plenty of flat sides, suggesting a production run of somewhere between 1978 and 1989.
As of the pre-race update, the Bolide comes in three variants: the 320, with a 3.2L V8 making around 200 hp, the 350 GT, with a 3.5L V8 making 290 hp, and the 390 GTR, with a 3.9L V8 making 440 hp. The 320 takes 6.3 seconds to go from 0-60 mph, while the 350 GT takes 4.7 seconds and the 390 GTR does it in a blistering 3.8 seconds.
The 320 is equipped with narrow black steel wheels, while the 350 GT has 1 inch wider alloys, front and rear. The 390 GTR is equipped with wide-body fender flares, deeply inset alloy wheels, and massive tires. All Bolide variants weigh roughly 1350 kg. The 390 GTR also features stiffened, lowered suspension, making it less suited to uneven terrain but more responsive on a smooth racetrack. The 390 GTR is capable of reaching nearly 200 mph, while the 350 GT can reach about 170 and the 320 approaches 140 mph. The Bolide 320 is remarkably easy to drive compared to its more powerful brethren due to its power deficit. However, it's still reasonably quick, and is in a dead heat with the Covet Sport around most racetracks.
The Bolide rides low to the ground but has surprisingly compliant suspension with a good amount of travel. The low suspension combined with the wide, short body of the vehicle offer a low center of gravity, allowing for great cornering stability, and sharp, responsive driving. Due to its decent amount of power, low weight, and lack of modern stability technology, the Bolide is more challenging to drive than other vehicles, but maintaining good throttle control and being smooth with the steering allows for predictable, easy-to-control handling. Still, it can conquer bumps and potholes better than one would expect, and its mid-engine layout provides optimal weight balance.
The Bolide is, however, lacking in crash safety. The design of the Bolide means that while many of the body components such as the faceplate, pop-up headlights and bumpers are fragile and can come off easily in minor incidents, the stiff underlying frame of the vehicle stays quite rigid in a crash. This can result in violent rebounds and rollovers. Additionally, the doors will often pop open in an impact, removing themselves entirely from the structural equation and causing the passenger cell to deform excessively. However, in car-to-car impacts, the rigidity and low wedge shape of the Bolide make it a very effective weapon, even against heavier opponents.
|Civetta Bolide Model Specifications|
|320||350 GT||390 GTR|
|Type||3.2L V8||3.5L V8||3.9L V8|
|0 - 60mph (100km/h)||6.3 s||4.7 s||3.8 s|
|Top Speed, mph (km/h)||140 (225)||170 (272)||200 (320)|