When it was announced that Rimac would take control of Bugatti, few thought that the French firm would keep the combustion engine for another generation. Rimac is one of the biggest specialists in electric cars and the future of the car is going through electricity, even if it is by obligation. It was assumed that Bugatti would be electric, but in the end, things are very different and for the time being, there will be no Bugatti electric car. Moreover, the electric car will take time to arrive, although if we remember the words of Mate Rimac, a Bugatti electric car should appear this decade.
However, the latest news that reaches us regarding the electric Bugatti is very different, because apparently, it will be delayed. Bugatti will not have a fully electric model until after 2030, or so they say from the British magazine Autocar. On the one hand, it is logical and understandable that Bugatti does not have electric until after the decade, now the priority is the replacement of the Chiron, which will mount a newly developed hybrid powertrain that we still do not know anything about. The W16 will pass away when the production of the current models ends and there will be no more similar engines ever again, but perhaps it will serve as the basis for the brand’s next electrified engine.
Right now we are thinking of taking the next step with the hybrid model. Everything else is too far away .” Achim Anscheidt, Bugatti design director speaking to Autocar
According to the conclusions that can be drawn from some statements, they are going to focus on the hybrid during this decade, because, among other things, you cannot divide your attention into two simultaneous projects if you want to achieve excellence. In addition, they would also disrespect customers if they worked on another model before putting the Bugatti hybrid on the road.
At the moment, little is known about this hybrid other than that it will have plug-in technology. It is expected to have around 50 kilometers of electric range, but the number of electric motors or which combustion engine it will use is unknown. Keep in mind that we are talking about a car that must have at least a power of 1,000 hp, to be considered a worthy successor to the Bugatti Chiron. Any figure that is less than that will be considered an error and a failure.
Rimac will put all its experience into electrical technology and Bugatti will put some engineers who have worked on one of the most beastly engines in recent years, the result will surely be brutal.