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Bugatti’s 800 HP Battery Car

Will supercar maker bring it to market?

by on Jun.08, 2010

Bugatti is getting charged up over electric propulsion but would it ever put its prototype battery drive system in a production car like the Veyron, now the world's fastest supercar?

Even high-performance automakers are getting charged up about electric propulsion, it seems, drawn to the technology’s potential performance even more than its environmentally-friendly aspects.

With Mercedes-Benz already developing a battery-based version of its SLS sports car, it was only a matter of time until Bugatti would weigh in.  Already boasting the world’s fastest production car, the Volkswagen AG division is working up its own electric supercar, though it’s unclear if it will ever make it to market.

Reportedly using a Continental chassis borrowed from sibling VW subsidiary Bentley, the prototype Bugatti electric reportedly makes an impressive 800 horsepower.  But that not the truly mind-blowing number.

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One of the key advantages of electric propulsion is torque – and especially the fact that it comes on strong the moment the motor starts turning.  So Bugatti’s as yet-unnamed electric reportedly makes a massive 2,200 pound-feet of torque – which hits peak at 0+ RPMs. In other words, maximum torque the instant the car starts moving.

“Absolutely amazing,” a Bugatti driver told Britain’s Auto Express about the vehicle’s acceleration.


1936 Bugatti Becomes World’s Most Expensive Car

Sells for nearly $40 million.

by on May.05, 2010

With a price tag reportedly running near to $40 million, this 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC is now the world's most expensive automobile.

While we may never know the exact price paid for what is known as the Williamson Bugatti, the rumored price tag of nearly $40 million will handily make it the most expensive automobile in the world.

More formally a 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, this rare example of rolling French art deco styling was sold at a private auction, sometime last week, by the California-based auction house, Gooding & Company.  Details of the transaction aren’t being released but insiders hint the price tag was somewhere between $30 million and $40 million, which would handily exceed the previous record price paid for a car classic.

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In May 2009, a 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa was gaveled off for $12.2 million at an auction near the company’s headquarters, in Maranello, Italy.