Bugatti rumored to be merging with Rimac Automobili
Which makes me a bit sad.
My entire childhood, I grew up idolizing the Bugatti Veyron. Not all the special editions, not the price of the darn thing, but the science, engineering, and brilliance of it all. I distinctly remember when the boys at (then) Top Gear couldn't pronounce the name "Veyron" and were also convinced we would never see 1000 horsepower in a road car. They even mocked the marque for commemorating the Veyron with a £140,000 wristwatch, before the car was actually launched. The rest, as they say, is history.
As a petrolhead then, you just couldn't not love the Veyron. Although some people may think it's pointless, the amount of work and the importance that is associated with that car is undeniable. 16 cylinders, 4 turbos, 1000+ horsepower, 250+ MPH, all while still being surrounded by luxury--the Veyron is really like anything else. The same goes for the Chiron and all the special editions that Bugatti have released. If the collaboration with Rimac becomes a reality, I can't help but think that this brilliance will just not be the same.
Rimac C_Two. Photo courtesy of Rimac Automobili
The most obvious factor would be the inevitable merge to electric power (to compare with the Rimac Concept_2). I don't know about you, but most electric cars don't feel as special to me. Yes, they're ludicrously fast, and are better for the environment, but is it really as exhilarating or as special as a fully-functioning 1500 horsepower petrol engine? The noise, the parts that have to withstand such pressure, the work just to get the power onto the road--everything seems to somehow be less "satisfying" with electric powered cars.
Another interesting part to the story, as mentioned by Mike Duff, is the distribution of shares and plans between other companies and Rimac. According to Duff, Rimac is currently either collaborating or is partly owned (through shares) by Porsche, Koenigsegg, Hyundai, Pininfarina, and others. Perhaps this is encouraging for Bugatti not to immediately switch to electric powertrains, but we'll have to wait and see. Let us hope the 16-cylinder magic remains for the time being--can you imagine a 16-cylinder hybrid?
Photo courtesy of CAR Magazine, 2011.
What do you think of this potential collaboration? Is it more likely to improve the Rimac brand, hurt Bugatti, make the absolute dream machine? Something else? Have I got this completely wrong? Let me know!