It was an open secret, it’s now official: the future Bugatti will be hybrid. This is not really a surprise, for various reasons, but the main one is obviously the tightening of anti-pollution standards which forces manufacturers, even the most exclusive, to go electric.
And to accelerate its energy transition, Bugatti was recently taken over by a joint venture shared between Porsche and Rimac. Rimac is a Croatian manufacturer of electric supercars and its expertise in the field obviously interests Bugatti. Mate Rimac, the boss of the joint venture, has just given some information on the future of Bugatti and in particular the replacement for the Chiron.
The latter indeed confirmed to our colleagues ofAutomotive News that the next Bugatti will be “highly electrified, but not electric”even if it will happen “one day, but not today”.
A W16 with one or more electric motors could give something good, but it won’t be with a W16 as confirmed by Mate Rimac. After more than 20 years of career, this fabulous engine will therefore bow out.
The descendant of the Chiron will therefore be hybrid, it will therefore have a heat engine which should be “attractive” according to the manager. This engine will also be entirely designed in Croatia within Rimac’s premises. This may seem strange, in the sense that Rimac has never developed a heat engine yet.
Thanks to its expertise in the electrical field, Rimac very quickly interested top-of-the-range manufacturers. The Croatian firm has already developed high-performance batteries for Koenigsegg, Aston Martin and the Volkswagen group. It was also a way to ensure financial stability for the brand, because the development of a supercar alone, in this case the Nevera, is not profitable.