The Bugatti Owners’ Club and The Little Car Company have announced an ’official’ partnership in celebration of the limited edition Bugatti Baby II launched earlier.
Whilst the Owners Club plays no part in the building of the ’greatest junior car ever created’, the synergy does provide a stamp of approval from the world’s oldest Bugatti Owners Club, giving the Bugatti Baby II certified status.
The luxurious Baby II is based on the iconic Bugatti Type 35 and combines the playfulness of the original Baby, reimagined with 21st-century technology.
To allow the Baby II to be enjoyed by both adults and children, it has grown from the 50% scale of the original to a 75% scale replica of the instantly recognisable Type 35 and includes a sliding pedal box for drivers young and old.
The lengthy build process began with digitally scanning every single component of a 1924 Type 35 Lyon Grand Prix car and carefully adapting Ettore Bugatti’s masterpiece, introducing a modern electric powertrain with lithium-ion batteries and regenerative braking.
Other additions included eight-spoke alloy wheels being tastefully replicated, innovative lightweight hollow front axle reproduced, with suspension and signature steering mechanism harvested from the original.
The Bugatti Owners’ Club have been incredibly supportive from day one and have been instrumental to the success of the Bugatti Baby II project. As custodians of Ettore Bugatti’s legacy we knew their approval would always be the hardest to earn, a remarkable undertaking that we are incredibly proud to have achieved. We are honoured that with this partnership we are able to help ensure that the extraordinary craftsmanship of Ettore lives on to be enjoyed for the generations to come.
Delightful touches include a fuel pressure pump from the Type 35 which has been digitally replicated and repurposed as a forward/reverse control, and all cars will come with a horn, rearview mirror, handbrake, headlights and remote control to disable the car from up to 50 meters should an inexperienced driver get carried away.
Sat proudly in the centre of the dashboard is a plaque giving the unique chassis number of the Baby II, and displayed on the nose of every car will be Bugatti’s famous ‘Macaron’ badge, made of 50g of solid silver, just like the Chiron.
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As expected and standard, the car will be painted in French Racing Blue with a black leather interior, but other colour options will be available for both the exterior and interior. These include the opportunity to have your Baby II painted in the same solid contemporary colours as the Chiron, or alternatively there is a selection of vintage colours, each dedicated to a famous driver or event from the history of Bugatti.
The car will come with two sizes of removable battery, a standard 1.4 kWh pack and a long-range 2.8 kWh version. While the exact range will depend on driving style, the larger pack is expected to give a range of more than 30km.
The rear-wheel-drive powertrain comes with two selectable power modes for drivers of different experience: a 1kW ‘child mode’ with the top speed limited to 20 km/h, and a 4kW ‘adult mode’ with the top speed limited to 45 km/h. 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. Fortunately, there is a Limited Slip Differential to help drivers make the most of the torque available at the rear wheels.
As expected the ostentatious Baby II comes a hefty price tag of around 30,000 euros (plus taxes and delivery). Anyone interested in the limited edition Bugatti Baby II, please visit: www.bugattibaby.com