Fast Just Gets Faster: Bugatti Sets Their Eyes On 288 MPH

It’s official.  We’ve reached a time where 268 mph in a car is just not fast enough.  Just to be clear, I said in a car.  Not in a plane, spaceship, or anything other than four wheels, an engine, a steering wheel, some pedals, and some soft chairs.  It seems as if it was only yesterday — actually it ‘s been a few decades — that we first had production cars venturing past 200 mph.  At the time, it was almost equivalent to the first creatures in the ocean wandering onto land a few billion years ago.  However, times change.

Bugatti has decided that the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, the fastest car in the world with a land speed record 268 mph top speed, isn’t as fast as it could be.  The end-all-be-all version of the current Veyron is planned to reach a face-tearing 288 mph, making it, again, the fastest car in the world.  Not only is the beefed up Veyron expected to be faster than the speed of light, it will probably be able to contend with the light as they get up to speed due to the fact that the new car will reach 60 mph in 1.8 seconds, six-tenths of a second quicker than the older models.

How does Bugatti expect to achieve this milestone?  Simple.  First, they decided to listen to car enthusiasts and journalists all across the world and reduce the weight.  The new model is expected to shed 550 pounds, weighing it in at 4,200 pounds, which is still quite heavy.  Finally, the Bugatti boys are reworking the engine in order for it to measure at 1,600 bhp.  The reconfiguration will be addressed towards the already giganitc 8-liter, quad-turbocharged W-16 engine, with rumors of the size moving up to a massive 9.6 liters.

The new Veyron is expected to be unveiled to the world’s eyes at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.  And, considering that this is the final Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, there is only one question that can be asked:  What can they possibly do next?  #satisfied? — B.C.

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