What is Bugatti cooking up here?
After revealing the new track-focused Chiron Pur Sport earlier this year, Bugatti is teasing a new mystery hypercar. At this stage, all we have to go on is this shadowy teaser image illuminated by the car's four thin rear light strips that form an X shape with the accompanying tagline "What if?"
Judging from the striking rear design, the mystery hypercar doesn't appear to be based on the Chiron, unlike other recent models like the Divo and Centodieci. Luckily, we won't have to wait long to find out what Bugatti is cooking up here as the automaker promises the car's digital world premiere is "coming soon."
What could Bugatti be up to? Recent rumors suggest Bugatti is preparing to unleash a new track-only hypercar with a fully electric powertrain that will "serve as a technology showcase for the future." This would make the mystery model Bugatti's first-ever fully electric hypercar. Rumors have also been rife that Volkswagen Group is planning to sell Bugatti to Rimac, which would enable the Croatian company to provide the battery for Bugatti's new track weapon.
As for the design, we could potentially be looking at a production version of the Bugatti Vision Le Mans Concept rendered by Max Lask, who joined Bugatti as an exterior designer after completing an internship at the company last year.
Envisioned as an endurance racer that could compete at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2050, the Vision Le Mans Concept combines current Bugatti design elements such as the horseshoe grille and two-tone paint with extreme aerodynamic elements to optimize airflow and keep the car glued to the track.
Reports have claimed Bugatti's mystery track car will be unveiled this month. This would be good timing, as Bugatti will want to regain the spotlight after the SSC Tuatara achieved 331 mph, stealing the crown from the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ as the fastest production car in the world.