How fast is too fast? According to Britain’s automotive magazine Autocar, it will be the yet unnamed 2016 Bugatti hypercar, successor to the Bugatti Veyron of song and fable.
At least, says the magazine, it will be too fast to test. Making multiple references to insider sources, Autocar claims that a top speed of 286 mph and a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) time of 2.3sec are possible,” if current computer simulations are to be believed.”
Autocar’s sources say that the new car will have a hybrid powertrain based on the same quad-turbocharged 8.0-litre W16 engine of the Veyron, which will generate close to 1,500 horsepower. In addition to a disc-shaped electric motor inside the transmission, the new hyper Bugatti will use electrically-driven turbochargers…which we would call electric radial superchargers, but never mind.
The gasoline engine and electric motor are said to deliver up to 1,479bhp, which compares to the 1,183 horse Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. Autocar’s secret sources “suggest” that torque will be limited to 1,100 lb ft to keep the gearbox in the same number of pieces it left the factory with.
The point of it all, of course, is to build the fasted serially-built automobile, but Autocar’s testability concerns, however, are from finding a place long enough to get to top speed (and then stop), and for tires that will have the ability to stay together at top speed while still being acceptable on a daily driver.
The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport currently holds the record—despite an earlier controversy—for the world’s fastest production car 267.8 mph, as certified by Guinness beer people. Bugatti is currently nearing the end of production of the Veyron, rearing the total of 240 cars originally planned when the car debuted in 2005. Plans for a new model haven’t been confirmed—Bugatti doesn’t want to spook potential buyers of the last of the Veyron run—but overtures reportedly have already been made to current Veyron owners. Indeed, the new 2016 Bugatti may be the new fastest car in the world, but how, if Autocar is correct, will we—and 240 fabulously rich people—know?