Next Bugatti Chiron to Go Hybrid

The next-gen Bugatti Chiron hypercar will get hybrid tech to help make it even faster, according to the company’s CEO.

“Electrification will happen,” said Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer.

The current Chiron uses a quad-turbo 8.0-liter W16 that makes an absolutely massive 1,479 horsepower. It’s an evolution of the Veyron’s engine that started at 987 horsepower when that car debuted. But to move the game forward, the next generation car is going to take more than just turbochargers, displacement, and gasoline.

“The next car is a long way from being developed, but the way battery and electric motor technology is moving on – as well as regulations – it seems certain that the next car will be electrified in some way,” Dürheimer told Autocar.

SEE ALSO: $2.3 Million Mercedes-AMG Project One Is To Be An Ultimate Hybrid Hypercar

It won’t be the first hypercar to get electric help. The McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari, and Porsche 918 Spyder have all used hybrid tech to excellent effect. Mercedes-AMG and Aston Martin are also working on hybrid hypercars with F1-style hybrid technology

Dürheimer also said that the next car probably won’t be fully electric.

“It will still be too soon for a full electric car, I think.”

A Chiron can drain a 26.5-gallon tank of gas in nine minutes at full throttle. That’s a massive amount of power, and more than current electric car systems could handle.

The next Chiron is still a few years off though. The first deliveries were just this spring, and it’s not expected to be replaced for at least seven years.

Autocar


More Hybrid News...