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Your next Bugatti could have its own gas station at home

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Your next Bugatti could have its own gas station at home


When your customer base has millions to spend on a hypercar, the sky’s the limit when it comes to charging buyers for optional features. Mate Rimac, CEO of Bugatti Rimac, has a crazy idea: bundle a gas station with the purchase of a car. The genius behind the Nevera and Concept One electric hypercars has not ruled out making it easier for owners to refuel their combustion engine car from home.

The 36-year-old Croatian entrepreneur believes that ICE still has a long future. Perhaps not with fossil fuels, as he suggests these stations could instead be filled with synthetic fuel. Speaking at The Financial Times At the Car Summit in London, Rimac shared his vision: “You could even create beautiful Bugatti service stations for owners’ homes, using synthetic fuels.”

It is not surprising that the company’s big boss raised the subject of synthetic fuels. Porsche, which owns 45% of Bugatti Rimac, has been manufacturing eFuel in a pilot plant in Chile since December 2022. It is produced from water and carbon dioxide with wind power, allowing an internal combustion engine to have an almost CO2 neutral operation.

The plant aims to produce about 14.5 million gallons per year by the middle of the decade and increase production to 145 million gallons by 2027. That would still be just a drop in the bucket. the whole thing considering there are about 1.4 billion gallons. cars on the road today. However, you have to start somewhere, right?

Rimac didn’t mention the Porsche connection, but it wouldn’t be such a far-fetched idea to put eFuel in a Bugatti in a few years. After all, these cars are built in limited numbers (450 Veyrons and 500 Chirons) and their owners barely drive them anyway, so demand wouldn’t be that high.

On a related note, Bugatti’s next hypercar will premiere on June 20 and is touted to be an all-new model. Rimac said no pieces were transferred from the Nevera or the Chiron. He went on to mention that it will have an evolving exterior design combined with “crazy things” inside where there will be an improvement in quality.

The piece de resistance will certainly be the new V-16 engine pictured above. It’s a naturally aspirated powerhouse almost 40 inches long. Rimac said it was a completely new engine that Bugatti intended to use “for a while.” Its lifespan is likely to extend beyond 2035, when the European Union will ban the sale of new cars emitting harmful emissions, provided this continues. An exemption for vehicles running on synthetic fuel has already been included, following pressure from Germany.

This encourages elite brands aimed at the ultra-rich to continue their investments in combustion engines. Mate Rimac himself said that the electric Nevera is still not sold out because high-end customers generally prefer ICE power. Aston Martin recently announced a new twin-turbo V-12 making 824 horsepower and 738 pound-feet, so it’s safe to say that conventional large-displacement engines aren’t going away anytime soon.

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