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Bugatti Electric Supercar in the Works

Bugatti, makers of the automotive world's high-performance equivalent of bling, are now toying with an electric powertrain that can generate 597 kW of juice. That's the same kind of power you get from a Ferrari FXX—the $2 million gasoline-powered speedster given by Ferrari to Michael Schumacher for his first retirement.

According to Auto Express, the Bugatti prototype takes some cues from the Audi's R8 E-Tron powertrain and the Bentley Continental GT chassis. With an advanced lithium-ion battery pack and two powerful electric motors, the prototype dishes out an awesome 2,200N-m of torque from 0mph (the engine of a 2011 Honda Civic Hybrid provides roughly 167N-m of torque). Concerns remain however, over the prototype's power requirements, especially during acceleration and continuous driving.

Don't trade in that sexy Pruis yet! It's unlikely the car will hit the production line, limited or otherwise. Insiders suggest that the vehicle is purely a demonstration model meant to be a testbed for Bugatti engineers, much like the Bell X-1 during the early days of supersonic flight.

via TreeHugger

  • pocketdrummer
    I bet Tesla is feeling a little heat. Until now, they've been pioneering the performance electric genre.
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  • the associate
    Even if this beast will last 15 mins it will still probably travel sickening distances in that time 0.0
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  • the associate
    Even if this beast will last 20 mins it will still probably travel sickening distances in that time. I mean its Bugatti, you know their not going to avoid creating something insane.
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  • the associate
    Umm ok, ignore that 1st comment, I never even clicked submit for it wtf...
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  • NightLight
    First make a NORMAL and affordable electric car!
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  • Pei-chen
    Boring. The fastest electric car is still slower than than a electric train and the train is much bigger and powerful.
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  • Anomalyx
    This is less news than it would seem, or at least for anyone who has ever heard of the Eliica. It had 480 kW of motor, and that was 6 years ago. Top speed of 230 mph, and acceleration that would smoke the majority of gasoline cars, especially when accelerating above 60+ mph
    I'd say these improvements aren't really that surprising for a time span of 6 years for relatively new technology.
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  • fortressmaximum
    It wouldn't be hard to push an electric car to 350 km/h if the power source were outiside of the car like in the high speed trains, got it?
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  • oxxfatelostxxo
    .Boring. The fastest electric car is still slower than than a electric train and the train is much bigger and powerful

    The fastest electric train also doesnt accelerate for sh!t, its all in the gearing. Not to mention the fact that the train cant go anywhere but the track its on.

    Anyway, 2200N-m, thats like 15x the honda, which is 110hp, so...seing as torque and hp go fairly close hand in hand, thats should at least break thier normal 1000hp mark, DROOL..

    Not to mention the improved gas mileage, i mean shit it prob gets like 11mpg city now =P
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  • husker
    Are there new discoveries in the laws of physics or something that warrants a "breakthrough" in how gears work? Gearing, blah, blah, blah, electric motors blah, blah, blah. These are technologies that have been around forever. The limiting technology for all electric cars is the batteries. How are you going to supply copious amounts of electric power over a long distance/time? All the rest is window dressing.
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