If recent reports are accurate, the back-and-forth battle between Hennessey and Bugatti regarding the official top speed record appears as if it will heat up in the next few years. We’ve already heard from Hennessey and its new Venom F5 that the automaker is building to pry the Guinness-certified, production-car top speed record from the Veyron’s hands, and just a day later Bugatti officials have reportedly updated Autocar on the Veyron’s faster and more powerful successor.
This new Bugatti, which is still unnamed, is currently undergoing “conceptual engineering tests” and looks to be on track for a 2016 reveal. According to the report, there are five mules currently undergoing these tests, and each one has a different powertrain setup. Like the current Veyron, the next Bugatti will make use of the company’s 8.0-liter, W-16 engine with four turbochargers. What’s different though is that this quad-turbocharged powerplant will feature an electric motor that will help push the output to 1,479 horsepower. That’s nearly 300 more horsepower than the record-holding Veyron SS.
Autocar also claims that the enhanced power train will combine with a chassis and body that weigh less than the 1840-kg (4,067-pound) Veyron SS. Computer simulations have shown that this combination can net a 286-mph top speed and a 0-to-62-mph sprint time of just 2.3 seconds. While this all sounds great, a key point of history to remember here is that Bugatti had the Veyron SS’ tires specially made to handle its 268-mph top speed, and making tires to handle an extra 18 mph could prove tricky.
The report also claims that Bugatti will limit this new model to the same 450 examples that it limited the Veyron to.
Needless to say, it looks like we are all in for a whole lot of fun between Bugatti and Hennessey, as the two companies battle their way toward the 300-mph mark.