Bugatti Baby II Revealed at Bugatti’s 110th Anniversary
Prototype Baby II test driven by customers at the brand’s 110th anniversary in Molsheim…
For the celebration of the 110th anniversary, Bugatti unveiled a very special surprise, the first Bugatti Baby II prototype.
Based on the iconic Bugatti Type 35, the Baby II to be driven by both adults and children, and it’s grown from the 50% scale of the original to a 75% scale replica of the Type 35, and includes a sliding pedal box for drivers young and old.
So, while the original 500 Babys could be a tight squeeze for even the smallest children, the Baby II allows parents and grandparents to share the love of driving with their children and grandchildren.
The car will be manufactured by the Little Car Company in the UK, and all 500 cars will be produced over the course of 2020 and 2021. Ben Hedley, CEO of the Little Car Company said: “We set out to design something which was respectful of the original but also great fun to drive…”,
“When a company with such a colourful and proud history as Bugatti turns 110, you can allow yourself to look into the rear view mirror a little bit more than you usually would. Thus, it is only fitting for our anniversary year to revive the Bugatti Baby”, explained Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. “The Bugatti Baby II has grown up to be more of a teenager now, and I must say I’m very excited to see it drive around on the Bugatti premises in Molsheim.”
Unlike the original Baby, the Baby II is reimagined with 21st century technology. Every single component of a 1924 Type 35 Lyon Grand Prix car was digitally scanned. From there, engineers introducing a modern electric powertrain with lithium ion batteries and regenerative braking.
In the cockpit, the classic four spoke steering wheel sits in front of a turned aluminium dash with custom Bugatti instruments, and while the original cars had a tach and oil and fuel pressure gauges, these have been replaced with a speedometer, battery level indicator and power gauge. The clock used for measuring race performance in the Type 35 remains.
Of course, its got forward / reverse control, and all cars will come with a horn, rear view mirror, handbrake, headlights and a remote control to disable the car from up to 50 meters should an inexperienced driver head for a tree.
Very well thought out though, was the two selectable power modes,; one for kiddies, one for not-kiddies. In addition, for those enthusiasts who crave even more pace, some versions come with a ‘Speed Key’ just like its big brother, the Chiron, which allows power of up to 10kW and disengages the speed limiter.
All owners of Baby IIs will receive membership in The Little Car Club, and be able to attend events where they, their children and their grandchildren can drive their cars at famous motor racing circuits. How cool to do Monaco in one of these.
Each car weighs around 500 pounds, without driver, and sells for somewhere in the neighborhood of 30,000 euros (plus taxes and delivery).
While all 500 Bugatti Baby IIs sold out within weeks of the announcement, it is still possible for customers to join the reserve list should a prospective buyer pull out, or to get the first notification of any future models. For more details, please visit www.bugattibaby.com