And it'll be unlike anything else.
An extraordinary piece of news broke last week regarding the future of Bugatti. Although it's not a done deal and both sides have refused to comment, the Volkswagen Group and Rimac Automobili are supposedly negotiating a deal that'll see VW sell its ultra-high performance brand to the all-electric vehicle and technology company from Croatia. One possible reason for this could be the German automaker's desire to advance its electrification focus and not be bogged down by a niche brand. Porsche, a VW Group brand, already owns a 15.5 percent stake in Rimac, and it is rumored VW and Porsche could trade Bugatti for a 49 percent stake.
And now there's yet another Bugatti rumor that also happens to involve Rimac.
According to The Supercar Blog, additional sources claim Bugatti could reveal an all-electric, track-only hypercar as soon as next month. This unnamed and still unconfirmed vehicle "will serve as a technology showcase for the future."
Last week's Bugatti-Rimac report also mentioned that Bugatti CEO Stephan Winkelmann could give the green light in October to a production version of the absolutely wild Vision Le Mans concept which, very coincidentally, is also a track-only hypercar. Could it feature Rimac-sourced battery technology and other related EV components? It's certainly possible, assuming these reports prove accurate.
Another question without an answer is whether we're looking at a one-off creation or something in very limited numbers. Bugatti has done its fair share of both, such as the La Voiture Noire and Chiron Super Sport 300+.
But entering the all-electric vehicle segment is entirely new ground. Bugatti also needs to contend with future rivals, namely the upcoming second-generation Tesla Roadster and its claimed 0-60 mph of only 1.9 seconds. The Chiron Super Sport 300+ has clocked a 2.4-second time.
If Bugatti is indeed about to come under Rimac's control, then this supposed reveal event next month could also be the time and place where that announcement is officially made, but that's purely speculation on our part. What's not in doubt is that something big is about to happen at Bugatti.