Engine problems have been cited as one of the main reasons for the Bugatti Veyron's latest delay, causing many to fear whether the supercar project will ever be realised.

Engine problems have been cited as one of the main reasons for the Bugatti Veyron's latest delay, causing many to fear whether the supercar project will ever be realised.

The Bugatti Veyron project has received another range of setbacks and will not be unveiled for at least another 15 months.

Parent firm Volkswagen Group is struggling to deal with sluggish sales and poor financial results, making fewer funds available to fund the supercar project.

Apparently, Volkswagen is also having problems with the quality and reliability of the 8,0-litre, W12 engine. High-speed stability concerns have ensured that the eventual top speed will be lowered from an earth-shattering 400 km/h-plus to 350 km/h.

The postponements have led many observers to speculate whether the Bugatti project will ever be realised. An ambitious project, it is claimed that the Veyron will be able to accelerate from standstill to 300 km/h in under 14 seconds. The latest Bugatti has been plagued by several mishaps, including the dismissal of its head, Karl-Heinz Neumann, in August last year over the delays.