Thursday, July 25, 2024

Bugatti plots front-engined Kind 57 successor as subsequent V16 automobile


With the Bugatti Tourbillon now getting into superior on-road testing, the corporate is taking a look at different fashions that might use its V16 hybrid drivetrain – and a revival of the gorgeous Kind 57 SC Atlantic is one doubtless choice.

Requested if the engine will be moved round within the monocoque to permit for various silhouettes, Bugatti design chief Frank Heyl advised Autocar: “Actually. I imply, take a look at the Kind 57 SC Atlantic: it’s front-engined. So possibly later, however for now we’re super-happy that we went this fashion.”

He instructed that the increasing scope of Bugatti’s Sur Mesure bespoke division might go so far as creating fully separate mannequin strains for limited-run, or one-off creations: “We began, with Bollide, bringing coachbuilding again through the use of a drivetrain or rolling chassis and dressing it up in a special design.

“We continued to vary with the Centodieci, and La Voiture Noire was loopy as a one-off automobile, and who is aware of what’s going to come. That is an attention-grabbing side and it is a rising market, and it is particularly relative to the form of breed of buyer that Bugatti serves – this side of final individuality could be very, crucial.

“We might prefer to develop the model right into a Couture – few-off, one-off, distinctive – form of factor.”

The ‘S’ in SC stands for ‘surbaissé’ – ‘lowered’ in French, which references the ground-hugging silhouette of Bugatti’s Thirties grand tourer, a attribute facilitated by the engine being mounted behind and beneath the entrance axle – certainly it was the world’s first front-mid-engined automobile – to scale back the bonnet top.

Requested if that may very well be technically potential with this new V16, Bugatti’s chief technical officer, Emilio Scervo, would solely go as far as to inform Autocar, cryptically: “We will shuffle bits round.”

CEO Mate Rimac has stated he sees combustion engines taking part in a task in Bugatti’s long-term future, as a result of the low volumes and mileages of its automobiles make the necessity to electrify much less pressing, which suggests the Tourbillon’s mammoth hybrid powertrain is very more likely to discover its approach into different fashions.

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