• Jan 10, 2008
Speculation over a potential second model from Bugatti has been a colossal roller-coaster. There were rumors of a super-luxury sedan, an entry-level roadster and a targa variant of the existing Veyron.
The Veyron was a pet project of former VW Group CEO Ferdinand Piech, who remains chairman of the VW supervisory board and is said to be keen on moving ahead with a follow-up to the Veyron. When Martin Winterkorn took over, however, he was reported to have shelved any plans for an additional model, prompting Bugatti CEO Thomas Bscher to resign. Bugatti then shifted to the control of Bentley CEO Franz-Josef Paefgen, who, after shoehorning the Veyron's engine into a Bentley Arnage luxury sedan, revealed last September that there would be an additional Bugatti coming.

Reports are now surfacing which indicate that the new model could be an even more expensive, even faster supercar than the Veyron. Whereas the Veyron, for all its enormous, time-bending power and speed, was designed as a comfortable grant tourer, the new model would be a tighter, more track-focused supercar. Power would likely come from a retuned version of the Veyron's 8-liter quad-turbo W16, which was long reported to be under-rated in its power production of 1000 hp, and is tipped to produce 1175 hp in the new version. Artistic renderings from German magazine Auto Motor und Sport depict the car with styling more akin to a Le Mans racer, with a protruding front splitter and an enormous rear wing.

The vehicle, currently rumored to be code-named "Project Lydia" after Ettore Bugatti's wife, would exceed the 400km/h top speed of the Veyron in pursuit of a Nurburgring lap time of 6 minutes and 40 seconds. While these reports could very well turn out to be no more substantial than previous ones, if Bugatti did built Project Lydia in a reported run of 70 examples for a whopping ??2.5 million apiece, it would easily eclipse anything else out there.

[Source: Auto Motor und Sport via Motor Authority]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Ingvar Kamprad the 4th richest people in the world according to wiki. For you people who don't know. He's driving an old volvo from the 80's. I can't see him dringving arround in a 3 million dollar car.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yes, the founder of Ikea is a penny pincher. I'm sure he's a stereotypical billionaire, right?

        The Russian nouveau riche alone could make a $3M car a financially sound project.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I just don't see the sense in a 3 million dollar race car. I can't even imagine the cost in operating and research. Everyone knows it isn't an immediate race-and-win situation (ask Toyota). It will take a few years before this bears fruit, the figure could be astronomical. But I guess if you have the money...
      • 7 Years Ago
      They can tune it all they want. With all the stuff required in there (myriad radiators, etc.) needed to house that engine, it'll never be a real track car, because it'll always be rather heavy.

      I'm sure with enough effore they can reach their goal on the N-ring, since the N-ring is a power track and they're bringing a lot of power to the table.
        • 7 Years Ago
        If you want top speed, power is critical. And top speed matters a lot on the N-ring, so this car will be well suited.

        But on the track, handling matters a lot. And I don't mean just skid-pad handling, but real changing direction rapidly handling. This car, as good as it is, isn't the kind of car that is good at that, because of the weight.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It seems to me that a heavier car, with proportionate power, would outperform a lighter car (since wind-resistance would shrink, relative to power). Why would you think that the opposite would be true?
        • 7 Years Ago
        It comes down to ability to go around a corner. A heavier car has more momentum that needs to be changed to permit the change in direction. Adding power does nothing to overcome the increase in grip necessary to handle the additional weight through a corner.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I kinda like it. Does it still come with the auto-jacks, submarine mode, and saw-blades attached to the front?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Aren't race car like these about 3mil. Especially when you factor in rigs/ drivers/ mechanics and parts and such.
      • 7 Years Ago
      No car is worth $3 Million. And why would they offer an additional, more expensive model when the original Veryon isn't exactly a hot seller? Anyone know how much F1 cars cost?
      • 7 Years Ago
      just build a $100mil, 10000hp, 0-60 in 0.3sec, 20L octa-quad v64, sprinkle some diamonds on it and get it over with.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hopefully it will look better than that ugly sketch . . .
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