Well, you’re in luck, because Bugatti just launched a new car to celebrate the company’s 110th anniversary, and it has a much more reasonable MSRP.
This is the $34,000 (€30,000) Bugatti Baby II, a 3/4th-scale electric Type 35.
500 Limited-Edition Junior Bugatti Cars known as Bugatti Baby II shall be built to celebrate the Brand’s 110th Anniversary.
The car that brought automobiles Ettore Bugatti to fame in the 1920s, the Bugatti type 35, is generally acknowledged as the most successful racing car of all time.
During its long career, it won around 2,000 professional and amateur races, averaging more than fourteen per week at its peak. In 1926 Ettore and his son Jean decided to build a half-scale type 35 for Ettore’s youngest son, Roland, on the occasion of his fourth birthday.
Now, on the occasion of the company’s 110th birthday, Bugatti and junior classics are reviving the idea of the Bugatti ‘baby’. And presenting the first 3d-printed design model of Bugatti Baby II on the Bugatti stand at Geneva international motor show.
The Bugatti Baby for a new generation
To celebrate Bugatti’s 110th anniversary, we are introducing the smallest member of the Bugatti family: the Baby II. A contemporary tribute to Ettore’s masterpiece, the Baby II will be a strictly limited run, just like the original: only 500 cars will be built. Unlike the original, which was only suitable for the youngest drivers, the Baby II is a three-quarters-size replica of the Bugatti Type 35 so it can be driven by both adults and children. The Baby II will allow automobile enthusiasts from across generations to share the love of driving and of the classic marque of Bugatti.Launching almost a century after its predecessor, the Baby II has been created using the latest technology, but with the utmost respect for Bugatti’s automotive heritage. Hand-built, the car was designed with the aid of a precise digital scan of an original Type 35, built for the 1924 French Grand Prix in Lyon.
Digital technology for an analog masterpiece
Of course, times have changed and the Bugatti Baby II uses removable lithium-ion battery packs inside. It even features regenerative breaking you’d find in cars these days. There are two power modes available, including a 20 km/h 1 kW “child mode” and a 45 km/h 4 kW “adult mode”. And if that weren’t enough, there’s an optional Speed Key upgrade that disengages speed limits and cranks up the power up to 10 kW.In addition, for those enthusiasts who crave even more pace, an optional ‘Speed Key’ upgrade is available (just like the Speed Key for its big brother, the Chiron!), which allows the power of up to 10kW and disengages the speed limiter.
The cockpit of the Baby II features Bugatti’s signature turned aluminum dashboard, a leather seat, a scale recreation of Type 35’s distinctive four-spoke steering wheel and custom Bugatti instruments. The exterior of the car is painted in traditional French Racing Blue, although buyers will be able to order in a range of alternative colors. The signature eight-spoke aluminum alloy wheels are scale replicas of Ettore Bugatti’s ground-breaking 1924 design and house modern brakes on each wheel. Finally, powerful headlights (not shown on Geneva Motor Show images) light the way ahead for drivers young and old, whether you’re exploring new landscapes or lapping the local karting track.
Despite being the smallest member of the Bugatti family, the Baby II has a lot in common with its bigger brothers. Proudly displayed on the nose of the car is Bugatti’s famous ‘Macaron’ badge, made of 50g of solid silver, just like the Chiron. Each car comes with a limited-edition numbered plaque and cars ordered in 2019 will also incorporate a badge to commemorate Bugatti’s 110th anniversary.You can own this Baby at 30,000 euros (plus taxes and delivery) which is only meant for or (rich) kids, or tiny adults. However, you prefer saying it…
The Baby II will sport Bugatti's traditional French Racing Blue finish (a range of other colors are available to order) and eight-spoke aluminum alloy wheels, giving it the look of a classic racer. Only 500 of the pricey novelty rides will be made, and production is set to start this fall.
Images: Courtesy of Bugatti