Veyron hypercar so fast it cannot be clocked
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.