The Bugatti Veyron is insanely fast and powerful, but could it be just as crazy with a hybrid powertrain? We may find out in a few years, as the folks at Auto Express are reporting that the next-gen Veyron could be a hybrid.
At this point it’s unclear if a potential Veyron hybrid would include a gas engine with a “W” or “V” configuration. The 2013 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, for example, is powered by a quad-turbo, 8.0-liter W-16 engine that produces 1200 hp and 1106 lb-ft of torque. Expect the new Veyron to have even more power.
Bugatti’s chief vehicle engineer Jens Schulenburg told Auto Express “the big challenge on the next car will be reducing weight – we are looking at some incredible technologies, such as wheels made entirely from carbon fiber. Hybrids are definitely something we’re looking at, too.”
The next-gen Veyron won’t be the only supercar propelled by hybrid power once it reaches production. The upcoming Porsche 918, for example, will combine a V-8 engine with two electric motors (one up front and one at the back), while the next Acura NSX will include a V-6 engine powering the rear wheels and an electric motor at each front wheel.
The next Veyron will likely go in production following the release of the Bugatti Galibier. The four-door Bugatti will be powered by the Veyron’s W-16 tuned to produce at least 1000 horsepower.
Source: Auto Express