Bugatti Veyron successor will go hybrid

Article by Christian A., on June 29, 2012

It’s possible that the Veyron successor that Bugatti is working on is a hybrid. For sure, the successor will be quicker and lighter. It would most probably carry the Veyron badge again. Jens Schulenburg, Bugatti’s chief vehicle engineer, said that what they’re developing is the “next super-sports car.” The next Bugatti is likely to be the 1,000bhp-plus four-door Galibier, which was seen as a concept in 2009.

It may go on sale in 2014 to go with the end of the production run of the current Veyron. The successor will stay as the flagship and it will debut the most advanced technology and materials available. Schulenburg told Auto Express that the next car will have to be much lighter and so, the company is studying several technologies. One example is the use of wheels that are purely carbon fiber.

He admitted that a hybrid is another possibility. Since the current model weighs two tons, it would be easy to make use of batteries and motors, as well as an engine, which would have to do better than the 1,183bhp of the current engine. It’s expected that this car will exceed the 268mph top speed of the 2010 Veyron Super Sport.

Each detail of this vehicle, and not only because it uses modern motorsport technology, traces its roots to Ettore Bugatti, the company founder. This excellent designer was from a clan of artists, and his goal was to continue combining exterior elegance and mechanical prowess. This philosophy is still being followed up until today by the brand, making the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport very recognizable and iconic, with every feature seeking to coax a better performance from the vehicle.

The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport's long and wide figure is noticeable right away. The 16-cylinder engine sucks air from two NACA ducts incorporated into the ceiling, instead of from the scoops on top of the engine. The air intakes at the front have been extended and reformed, with the one below running beautifully encircling the sides down to the arch of the wheel. The improved rear looks more athletic because of the double diffuser and an exhaust system at the center.

Bugatti has a custom of producing super-sport variants of popular models. And more often than not, they come with supercharged engines and sports chassis. These vehicles were dubbed as pure racing machines for loyal Bugatti fans. The most famous were the type 57s and the type 55. Of these, only around 40 units were manufactured.

Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. has profited from 35 Grand Sports and 260 Veyrons as of press time, and around 22 Grand Sports and 249 Veyrons have already been given to its owners. In autumn of 2010, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport will start to be manufactured at Molsheim together with the Grand Sport and the Veyron. The first five vehicles - dubbed as the World Record Edition - have an exclusive orange finish and black exposed carbon.

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