Next-generation Bugatti supercar will hit 60 mph in just 1.8 seconds

Article by Christian A., on November 19, 2012

Bugatti is working on the next super-sports car, according to chief vehicle engineer Jens Schulenburg when interviewed by AutoExpress. He said that the biggest hurdle would be to cut the weight so they’re considering some technologies like wheels that are built from carbonfiber totally. Bugatti is also studying the possibility of hybrids.

It is rumored that the car could have an output of 1,600hp, a maximum speed of 290mph, and a 0-60mph acceleration time of 1.8 seconds. It may make sense to install a hybrid system. Notably, Porsche would depend heavily on a hybrid for its upcoming 918 Spyder supercar. The problem is that hybrid drivetrains are heavy.

Bugatti has more factors to consider than just putting in a big engine. An ordinary sports car won’t be able to carry an 8.0-liter, quad-turbo W16 engine and these improvements make the vehicle much heavier. Since the engine is big, it occupies more volume – about 9.6 liters in total. It’s possible that this car will debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show but nothing is sure at this point yet.

Following its unveiling to the global public at the end of 2005, the new Bugatti Veyron is now going to a new phase – a full-scale production of this 1001-hp supercar at the Atelier, in Molsheim near Strasbourg, France. Bugatti and its 20 highly specialized technicians – grouped into five teams -- are commencing the assembly of the new Veyron. As soon as the engine rolls into the assembly hall and until the Veyron comes off the production line, these technicians are there to ensure its high quality assembly.

Bugatti intended the new Veyron to feature the best of automotive technology. Since the new Veyron follows Bugatti's heritage – “nothing is too expensive, nothing is too beautiful” – it only employs the best materials and the best components.

In addition, the new Bugatti Veyron could be deemed as the true international car, since its parts and components are sourced from different countries around the world. For instance, its seven-speed sequential DSG double-clutch gearbox (Ricardo) and bespoke carbon-ceramic brakes (AP Racing) are from the United Kingdom.

Its paintwork, 16-cylinder 8.0-liter engine (Volkswagen) and front- and rear- forged aluminum structure (Heggemann) are from Germany. Its tires (Michelin) -- the first production tires homologated for speeds above 400 km/h – are from France while its carbon fiber monocoque (ATR) is from Italy. Its leather and windscreen are sourced from Austria and Finland, respectively.

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