Bugatti, maker of the world's fastest and most expensive production vehicle, is experimenting with an electric powertrain that delivers 597 kW of power. That's roughly 800 horsepower!
Auto Express reports that engineers from the Volkswagen-owned company have fashioned their prototype after Audi's R8 E-Tron powertrain. The E-Tron concept has two electric motors, one at each axel, that produce a total of 313 horsepower and 3,320 lb-ft of torque. The vehicle is essentially a rocket that goes from 0 to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds.
The Bugatti prototype is based the chassis of a Bentley Continental GT, features advanced lithium-ion battery packs and delivers 1,623 lb-ft of torque at 0 mph.
While the car reportedly exists, it's unknown if the public will ever get a glimpse of it. Company insiders have suggested that the vehicle is purely a demonstration model. Engineers would study and tweak it to explore the ultimate performances available from electric cars.
But if you're looking to ditch your Prius for something a little more James Bond-like, you may still have a shot at this car. The first electric Bugatti was built during the 1930s but it wasn't intended for production. Called the Type 56, the one-off vehicle was used to carry founder Ettore Bugatti around the Molsheim facility in France. But once customers caught wind of the vehicles existence and begged for a production model, Ettore changed his mind.