It might behove Bugatti to re-visit the tale of Icarus if recent reports about the brand’s next car are correct.
“We are working on the next super-sports car,” chief vehicle engineer Jens Schulenburg told AutoExpress. “The big challenge will be reducing weight – we are looking at some incredible technologies, such as wheels made entirely from carbon fibre. We’re considering hybrids, too.”
If the rumor mill proves to be right, that car could boast 1,600 hp, a top speed of 290 mph and a 1.8-second 0-60 mph sprint. Adding a hybrid system would make sense from some angles — Porsche will rely heavily on one for its upcoming 918 Spyder supercar. The trouble is, hybrid drivetrains add weight and that’s exactly what Bugatti is trying to avoid.
Putting that much power to the ground means more than building a big engine and hoping for the best. It takes more than an ordinary sports car to handle an 8.0-liter, quad-turbo W16 engine and those enhancements add weight — a lot of weight. Taking the big engine mantra even further, will displace more volume for a total 9.6 liters.
Word is that the car will make an appearance during next year’s Frankfurt Motor Show in a little more than a year’s time, but that still might not happen.