With major cities in Europe banning the internal combustion engine, it seems likely that electrification will soon find its way into all vehicles in the future. In fact, during development of Bugattí's latest hypercar, the Chiron, electrification was already considered, but was deemed unnecessary. However, the Chiron's successor will reportedly be a hybrid.
It was only last year when the Bugatti Chiron made its global debut at the Geneva Auto Show so a successor is still a long way off. Wolfgang Dürheimer, Bugatti CEO told Autocar UK that he is confident that the next car once developed will come with an electric assist in some way. He does mention that the successor will likely not be a fully-electric vehicle.
"Electrification will happen. The next car is a long way from being developed, but the way battery and electric motor technology is moving on, as well as regulations, it seems certain that the next car will be electrified in some way. It will still be too soon for a full electric car, I think – but electrification will happen" said Dürheimer to Autocar UK.
Given that a hybrid powertrain is said to happen, it leaves a number of possibilities open for the Bugatti's successor to the Chiron. It could be that the hybrid system works with the engine's crank, or possibly be a full plug-in hybrid similar to that of the McLaren P1 and the Porsche 918 Spyder.
Furthermore, Dürheimer hinted that Bugatti plans to introduce a second model as part of a strategy to alternate cars between launches. This new model could even push the Chiron's succcesor launch back by a few years.
"We are looking at what customers want if we do something different, and we have some ideas. But we are not under pressure to decide—production of the Chiron is expected to last for around eight years. We are at the predevelopment phase, preparing technically and asking clients what they expect [of a new model],” added Dürheimer.
At the moment, 280 of the planned 500 Chirons have been sold to date, meaning the Bugatti Chiron will be in production for awhile.
Source: Autocar UK