The Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo concept car has been showcased in a new video. The concept, which was revealed at the Frankurt motor show last month, offers a glimpse at the firm's future design language.
Although the Vision Gran Turismo concept car will only ever be driven virtually, its styling is said to preview that of the Chiron - Bugatti's planned successor to the Veyron. However, with VW setting aside billions of euros to pay for the fallout caused by its emissions scandal, it's likely that development of the Chiron has been put on ice.
The Vision Gran Turismo concept is driven by a W16 engine that delivers its power to all four wheels.
Bugatti says the concept presents "the new form and design language developed by the brand to celebrate the next chapter in its history following the end of the Veyron era."
Production of the regular Veyron recently came to an end with the La Finale special edition, unveiled at the Geneva motor show last March.
Bugatti design boss Achim Anscheidt said: "Bugatti’s design DNA has reached a new stage in its evolution. In view of the nature of the project, our concept car for Vision Gran Turismo will be exaggerated and extremely performance-oriented.
"Even so, the progressive design language will give an impressive demonstration of the path to be taken by Bugatti design over the next few years.”
Achim Anscheidt, head of the Bugatti design team said that the next Bugatti will adopt a toned-down version of the concept’s looks: “Given the nature of the project, our concept car for Vision Gran Turismo is overstated and pushes performance to the limits, but its progressive design language will clearly show the direction that Bugatti's design will take in the coming years."
Bugatti’s designers drew inspiration from the brand's racing tradition, particularly from the 1920s and 1930s when it enjoyed great success in competition. The company highlights the Type 57 Tank, which won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1937 and 1939, as the Vision Gran Turismo’s spiritual successor.
The Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo was developed in close collaboration with Bugatti engineers to ensure every vehicle component could conceivably have a real performance function, although it has been stripped down for racing. Racing experts from the Volkswagen Group were involved to ensure that every detail of the virtual race car is authentic.
Florian Umbach, head of chassis development at Bugatti, said: "For Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo, we've geared every parameter to maximum performance, unlike with our production car, where it goes without saying that comfort and easy handling are also key factors."
Its stripped-down nature means the car is lightweight, has high-performance aerodynamics and a new radiator layout.
"It was an exciting project without any limits or compromises. We were only bound by the safety regulations of the FIA,” said Umbach.
Bugatti’s engineers calculate that the Vision Gran Turismo could potentially attain speeds of more than 250mph on four sections of the Le Mans track.
"With our extreme speed on the long straights, we could make up for any disadvantages on the bends, and would then be as quick in the virtual world as the fastest real-life LMP1 race car, which, unlike us in the video game, naturally needs to comply with all FIA and ACO regulations," explained Umbach.