Backed by two world records, French hyper-car manufacturer Bugatti is believed to now be developing in full swing the 'ultra-performance model’ based on their record holding hypercar, the Veyron Super Sport and will launch it early next year. Dubbed as the Bugatti Super Veyron, the machine is likely to produce in excess of 1500bhp by putting the super sport on an even more stringent diet and by further increasing the capacity of their quad-turbo W16 engine, which currently produces 1184bhp.
The Veyron SS is the current record holder for the fastest production car in the world, a title it won in 2010. Its open top sibling, the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse is the fastest production convertible currently available in the market, clocking a speed of 408.8kmph. Bugatti disclosed the Vitesse figures last April after a number of campaigns, at a time when the Super Sport was expected to be unveiled to the world.
Bugatti plans to focus on more the extensive use of carbon fibre to cut nearly 200kg from the Super Sport’s 1888kg kerb weight along with increasing the capacity of its 8.0 litre W16 engine to 9.2 litres. To put things in perspective, the Chevrolet Cruze that houses a 2.0- litre engine weighs nearly 1600kgs and so one can imagine the magnitude of weight saving technology Bugatti intends to implement.
The Veyron SS can hit a top speed of 431kmph and at this speed its tyres are expected to last for only a mere 60km according to Bugatti engineers. The top speed of the new Super Veyron is also likely to be dictated by the limits of tyre technology, but in order to justify a mooted price tag of 5 million GBP (Rs 46 crore), Bugatti would have to make the machine capable of achieving at least 450kmph.
Source: Autocar UK