The automotive industry tends to work by certain norms and patterns. For example, by the time one model is ready to be phased out, we usually have a pretty good idea of how its replacement is shaping up and when it will appear. But Bugatti, of course, is no typical automaker.

The House that Ettore Built has, for the past seven years, subsisted on the Veyron alone. Don't get us wrong, it's one heck of an automobile around which to build a brand, but it won't be around forever. In fact, Bugatti announced a while ago that Veyron production was running its course and nearing its end. The open topped Grand Sport, as it turns out, was outside that original allotment, but even that is nearing the end of its road.

So you can imagine our surprise when Ricardo, the company that makes the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission for the Veyron, announced today that it had extended its contract with Bugatti for another two years. Which would be straightforward enough if there were cars in which Bugatti would be installing said transmissions, but as we already established, the marque's sole product is nearing the end of its life-cycle, with no replacement in sight.

So where are these transmissions going? There can only be a few explanations. One is that Bugatti is planning to extend Veyron production with another derivative – likely the Super Grand Sport that is expected to combine the removable roof panel on the Grand Sport with the more powerful engine and bodywork of the Super Sport. Another is that the Galibier – a four-door super-sedan in the pipeline at Bugatti's Molsheim, France HQ – is closer than previously expected, but that model is expected to shift to a different type of transmission altogether.

One possibility we can't quite accept is that Bugatti is stockpiling components as substantial as a gearbox without having a model in which to install them, so watch this space for more news. In the meantime, scope out the press release after the jump to inspect for yourself.
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RICARDO WINS FURTHER BUGATTI DCT PRODUCTION CONTRACT

Bugatti has placed a further contact for the production of the advanced, award-winning Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) system of its iconic Veyron supercar. The new order represents a further two years of production for the DCT unit – which was designed in collaboration with Ricardo – and will be manufactured at the Ricardo facility at Leamington, UK.

The seven-speed DCT of the Veyron is the result of a highly successful and long-standing design, development and manufacturing collaboration between Ricardo and Bugatti, a joint endeavour that encompasses both the transmission hardware and its electronic control unit and software. This state-of-the-art transmission is an important contributor to the high quality driving experience offered by all versions of the Bugatti Veyron. In addition to providing support on the design and development of the DCT, Ricardo has been responsible for the manufacture and supply of these class-leading transmissions for all versions of the Veyron since the launch of this exceptional supercar product.

"Ricardo is really pleased to see a further extension of the partnership with Bugatti on the dual clutch transmission of the Veyron, a supercar that represents the ultimate in high quality automotive design, engineering and manufacture," said Ricardo director of high performance transmission products Mark Barge. "We look forward to two further very successful years in the story of this truly great automobile with its advanced Ricardo transmission."


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      MKIV
      • 2 Years Ago
      Two years worth you say??? So they ordered 4 transmissions?
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      theblackemblem
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe they're planning a successor to the Veyron! :D Just kidding.
      Krishan Mistry
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is Bugatti. For all we know, those transmissions could be used up in a couple extra super editions...with 14 speed WW32 drivetrains.
      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      Either it's going to some other models like the article states or the folks at Bugatti are just as paranoid about the world ending this year. lol
      Jeremy Pennini
      • 2 Years Ago
      Has there been a high failure rate on these transmissions?
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        @Jeremy Pennini
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      evilzibob
      • 2 Years Ago
      Uhmm... They VEYRON SUCCESSOR is already under way... Jeez, you AOL bloggers don't know anything about the industry...
      Sukairain
      • 2 Years Ago
      You'd think Bugatti ran out of tacky colors to put on their special edition Veyrons after Ham-Cheese Edition, Mustard Hot Dog Edition, Panda face edition, Skunk tail edition, fake ceramic shine edition, stainless steel edition, orange bottom edition, orange inside edition, misc. numbered edition, super duper grand sport touring extra edition.....
        Actionable Mango
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Sukairain
        Exactly. Wonderful car. Pretty too, when painted in a single color. But those special edition color schemes... YIKES!!!
      Elmo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Any other mechanic scared at the sight of that picture? That thing looks like a regular mechanic would just snap because the damn thing looks so complicated.
        • 2 Years Ago
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      bcworkz
      • 2 Years Ago
      That thing is more robot than transmission. Sigh.
      TruthHertz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just drop the Bugatti powertrain into an Ariel Atom and I'll be happy...
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