Bugatti Chiron: teaser image revealed in time for Christmas
New Bugatti Chiron hypercar will be named after former Bugatti racing driver Louis Chiron
It's Merry Christmas from Bugatti as it releases the latest teaser of the new hypercar - the Bugatti Chiron. The name comes from Louis Chiron, who raced for Bugatti through the 1920's and 1930's and won many Grand Prix titles for the brand. Bugatti claims the brief for the new car was simple – 'Make the best significantly better.'
The Chiron's predecessor, the Veyron, was named after Pierre Veyron, a Bugatti development and company race driver. Louis Chiron gifts his name for being the most successful Bugatti racing driver of his time – and it will be attached to what the company say is 'the best super sports car of the present day'.
By confirming the new car Bugatti has put to rest any speculation that its parent company Volkswagen would cut funding for the Veyron successor in the wake of the 'dieselgate' scandal. Given that the company made a huge loss on every Veyron sold, it's a bold move. The car is currently ungoing final testing, according to Bugatti, with a number of prototypes testing on the road – so we'll be keeping our eyes peeled for spy shots.
Bugatti hasn't released any pictures of the car except a concept sketch, but the prominent C-shaped flourish present on the sketch is likely to be a feature of the car's design, with a distinctive horseshoe-shaped curve around the cabin.
It's a feature that already appeared on the Bugatti Concept Vision Gran Turismo that was revealed at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. The more aggressive front-end styling from that concept is likely to make an appearance on the new model, too.
Bugatti's design boss Achim Anscheidt said the concept showed the "new form and design language…following the end of the Veyron era" - it's clear that this is the direction the new Bugatti will take.
Initially revealed as a rendering for a virtual racing car in the Gran Turismo Playstation game, the Bugatti Concept Vision Gran Turismo took the form of a full-scale car to draw in the Frankfurt showgoers.
It also features race-spec body additions as part of its track-focused purpose. But Bugatti's design boss also claims this "progressive design language will give an impressive demonstration of the path to be taken by Bugatti design over the next few years".
Performance stats for the Gran Turismo concept show the target Bugatti's engineers have in mind for the finished product. An incredible 1,627bhp and 1,500Nm of torque is reported from a hybrid adaptation of the Veyron's 8.0-litre W16 engine.
That means some scarcely believeable figures are claimed: 0-62mph in two seconds flat and 'more than' 270mph, although whether or not these are overly ambitious for the production model remains to be seen.