Just yesterday it emerged that the new Hennessey Venom F5 complete with around 1400 hp will target a top speed of 290 mph. Now it has emerged that the successor to the might Bugatti Veyron could have a targeted top speed of 286 mph along with a previously reported peak power output in the region of 1500 hp!
According to the latest word, the Veyron’s successor will feature an updated version of the current car’s quad-turbocharged 8.0-litre W16 engine. However, it will now incorporate at least one electric motor and deliver in the region of 1479 hp (1500 ps). These figures reportedly come from officials involved in the car’s development.
Details about the new powertrain are even more exciting. It is believed that the Veyron’s multi-point injection system will be replaced with a new direct-injection combustion process to help allow the car to pass Euro 6 emissions standards. Additionally, there’s a chance that the traditional turbocharges could be replaced with electric turbos to improve low-end torque with the electric motor possibly mounted within the gearbox housing alongside a lithium ion battery.
It is said to be in the midst of conceptual engineering tests and could be unveiled sometime in 2016. Customer deliveries would then likely commence in 2017.
Interestingly, sources close to Bugatti have confirmed that some test mules for the Veyron’s successor are out and about. In fact, there are five. As a result, it is very likely that the intriguing prototype pictured above is in fact testing technologies for the new Veyron.
Despite the additional of hybrid tech, Bugatti is said to be more than keen to minimise the weight of the car compared to the Veyron which even in Super Sport specification, weighs a hefty 1840 kg.
While speaking with Autocar, an insider said, “Much of the early construction work has been focused on the carbonfibre monocoque. We have a lot of expertise centring around lightweight construction within the [Volkswagen] group and we’re drawing on this as we begin to lock in various engineering targets.”