It's been sixteen years since Volkswagen acquired the Bugatti name and started showing off successive concept cars to preview the Veyron that followed. It's been eleven years since the first Veyron prototype started testing, and nine years since it entered production. But soon – probably sometime next year – Bugatti will have sold the last of the Veyrons it will ever build. And considering that the Veyron is the only model it offers, it will need something else to take its place, lest the marque effectively go dormant once again.

Having ruled out the prospect of doing a less expensive sports car years ago and, more recently, the production prospects for the Galibier super-sedan, Bugatti is committed to further the concept of a super-sports car that will, in all likelihood, be lighter than the current Veyron – which may seem like a no-brainer, considering the car weighs over 4,000 pounds – but with an engine that is, by every metric but output, twice the size of the one you'd find in, say, a modern McLaren, trimming weight will be no mean feat.

That does appear, however, to be what Bugatti is seen testing at the Nürburgring in this video clip below. Going by the handle fastsportscardriver, the videographer/uploader doesn't seem to know what he has captured here, but the Grand Sport prototype he's spotted seems to be wearing some sort of metal frame over the exposed engine, suggesting something's at work here. Just what that is, we don't know. But when you're dealing with an engine that already produces upwards of a thousand horsepower, whatever they're working on, it's got to be good.


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      FrosenCarrotz
      • 8 Months Ago
      Bugatti Veyron "Bike Rack" Limited Edition
      IBx27
      • 8 Months Ago
      Holy crap, that middle paragraph is all one sentence...
        aretheregods
        • 8 Months Ago
        @IBx27
        Why is the crap holy? Are you amazed by the author's mastery of the English language?
      Nick Allain
      • 8 Months Ago
      It's your kids Marty! Something's got to be done about your kids!
        Andrew Pappas
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Nick Allain
        Once this baby reaches 288 miles per hour, you're gonna see some serious...uhhh....things.
      MichaelC
      • 8 Months Ago
      That structure above the engine is made from t-slot aluminum extrusions, which is really useful for making reconfigurable structures, but isn't necessarily the stiffest structure. It is probably there more to position some type of experimental component than to stiffen the structure of the car. Here is an example of what those extrusions look like: http://www.8020.net/
      AJ48
      • 8 Months Ago
      So this time will it have 6 turbos, 15 radiators?
        _M7_
        • 8 Months Ago
        @AJ48
        ...and instead of 1000 hp whit 6 turbos will have 1020 hp XD
      • 8 Months Ago
      Guys, I think it's pretty clear Bug is testing the new time machine..."Veyron back to the future edition"
      ChuckD
      • 8 Months Ago
      The framework over the engine is an aluminum modular framing system that is commonly used at VW for fixturing test equipment. It's sort of like a high tech aluminum K'Nnex system. Most likely they had some instruments monitoring engine stuff and this instruments needed a very rigid mount. Nothing very exciting in that. http://www.iptech1.com/pdf/pis1.pdf
      Ghendy
      • 8 Months Ago
      It's a flux capacitor... ;-)
      Avinash Machado
      • 8 Months Ago
      What about top of the line limo?
      KaBoomBOX
      • 8 Months Ago
      Flux Capacitor 2.0?
      Corey Anderson
      • 8 Months Ago
      It's a mule car for a new engine. The engine is bigger than the veyron's so there's no cover and so they had to add the bracing in case it crashed during testing.
        TrueDat
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Corey Anderson
        i have a hard time believing they would build anything bigger than W16..
        Bandit5317
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Corey Anderson
        The Veyron's engine is physically gigantic. It already takes up the entire rear of the car, with very little room left for the transmission. I doubt they would go bigger.
          Corey Anderson
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Bandit5317
          This is bugatti were talking about here, i wouldnt be surprised if it was bigger. But what i really meant was that it had different dimensions so it doesnt fit .
      Nick
      • 8 Months Ago
      Uhhh did you guys listen to the video? No engine noise at all. You know what that means? It's electric. I'll bet Bugatti is going EV like the rest of the supercar gang. No surprise really.
        Bandit5317
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Nick
        I heard an engine at very low revs as it passed. They weren't pushing it and the Veyron was never a loud car, so I suspect it's still has an ICE.
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