We know that the Bugatti Veyron successor is on the way because the current model is moving towards the end of its production run, and so work has already started on the next model, whatever that will be called. Development seems to be moving along very nicely and news has come to light suggesting the Bugatti Veyron successor top speed will be 286mph.
What will power the second generation Bugatti Veyron? Even though it is only about 10 miles per hour more than the current Veyron SS, you will be surprised at how much extra power from the engine that takes because at that speed the air becomes so much thicker to punch through.
Bugatti Veyron replacement engine — This is expected to be a heavily revised version of the current 8.0-litre W16 engine, although to help give it the extra power needed to achieve a better top speed is hybrid technology as well. This would mean Bugatti’s new car would go down the same route as Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche with their LaFerrari, P1 and 918 Spyder.
It does seem like the logical choice to introduce a hybrid drive systems into the Veyron replacement seeing as though it does away with the need to build an even bigger engine. Not only that, but the performance from standstill will be far better because of the electric motors will allow it to get off the line much quicker.
What’s the good of all that power if you are unable to keep all four wheels on the road? Thankfully, Bugatti is working on new active aerodynamic functions, which is aimed at producing different levels of downforce controlled by the driver.
Autocar list some of the other changes, but one thing we do not know, will there be any tires that are able to handle those sort of speeds?