Vey­ron hy­per­car so fast it can­not be clocked

Geelong Advertiser - Motoring - - CARSGUIDE -

THE s uc­ces­sor t o Bu­gatti’s Vey­ron hy­per­car could fea­ture per­for­mance c re­den­tials so wild its top speed would be dif­fi­cult to prove, ac­cord­ing to an exclusive re­port.

Bu­gatti i nsid­ers have r evealed the new model, sched­uled to go on sale in 2016, could have a t op speed f aster t han 400km/h and a 0-100km/h time of 2.3sec, if com­puter sim­u­la­tions are to be be­lieved.

The car will fea­ture a hy­brid pow­er­train based on the same quad- tur­bocharged 8.0- l i tre W16 en­gine f ea­tured i n t he Vey­ron, and will gen­er­ate close to 1120 kilo­watts.

The nine-year-old Vey­ron’s top speed was al­ready a chal­lenge to prove, be­cause of the lim­i­ta­tions of its Miche­lin road tyres.

Though aero­dy­namic drag in­creases at the square of speed, if you up the new Vey­ron’s power enough, it’s en­tirely fea­si­ble that it could find an­other 25km/h.

Mak­ing a road car that can do 400km/h plus is one thing; mak­ing a road car do it on road tyres is rather more dif­fi­cult.

The new ve­hi­cle is be­ing built around a car­bon fibre mono­coque, like its pre­de­ces­sor.

I t will s eat t wo i n what i s planned to be a highly lux­u­ri­ous cabin, com­plete with all the lat­est in con­nec­tiv­ity tech­nol­ogy.

The heav­ily re­vised pow­er­train re­ceives elec­tric as­sis­tance, while drive is chan­nelled to all four wheels via a sev­en­speed dual- clutch au­to­matic gear­box and multi-plate-clutch four-wheel-drive sys­tem.

Orig­i­nally launched in 2005, 15 cur­rent model Vey­rons re­main to be sold.

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