While a Bugatti baby sounds like a third-class Soundcloud rapper, it's actually a scaled-down vehicle made by Ettore and Jean Bugatti in the 1920s – initially as a gift for Ettore's youngest son, but later, due to customer interest, they built one a full 500 of them.
When I say reduced, I mean it that way. The Bugatti Baby was a half-size replica of the legendary Type 35 Grand Prix car (also known as the most successful racing car in history) powered by a primitive electric powertrain. The cars have been used and abused by children, and as such are extremely rare today.
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Today's Bugatti decided it might be time to take a short break from Hypercars at 1,600 horsepower and worked with The Little Car Company to produce one– although this time 75% of the size of the type 35 – and offered for sale.
The three-quarter-scale Baby Bugatti II is still electric, but since things are only a little more advanced in the world of electric drives today than they were in the mid-1920s, these expensive toy cars are able to deliver what a should be a reasonably fun driving experience.
The Baby II is offered in three equipment variants: Base, Vitesse and Pur Sang. Both the Base and Vitesse models have two driving modes with different performance levels, which are suitable for both beginners and experienced drivers. The Pur Sang model also has these modes, but benefits from a more powerful drivetrain.
The interior is very similar to that of the original Type 35.
How strong are these little cars? Well, the basic model has 1.3 HP in the beginner mode and 5.4 HP in the expert mode. The speeds are limited to 12 miles per hour and 30 miles per hour, respectively. The Vitesse and Pur Sang models get an additional mode that is unlocked by a Bugatti Speed Key (like the Chiron) that gives the car 13.4 horsepower and a top speed of 43 mph. Bugatti claims that the Pur Sang and Vitesse models will try to spin the rear wheels in top mode.
Powertrains are not the only thing that separates the three models. The materials from which their bodies are constructed also differ. The basic model is given a composite body. Vitesse is converting this to carbon fiber. The Pur Sang consists of a hand-beaten aluminum case, similar to the original. Bugatti says it takes 200 hours to complete a single body.
In the car, instrumentation is a somewhat faithful replica of what you might see in an actual 35-type racing car, except that the fuel gauge becomes a battery gauge and the oil gauge becomes a performance gauge (like the Veyron).
Thanks to the 3D scan technology, the chassis design is also true to the Type 35. The Baby II engineers used a real Type 35 that is used regularly and scanned the entire object. This means that your baby will get quarter elliptical feathers at the front and semi-elliptical feathers at the back with friction dampers instead of bumps. If it was good enough for Pierre Veyron, it is good enough for your little Lord Fauntleroy.
With all the talk about performance and accuracy in design, it's enough to say, of course, that the Baby II isn't cheap – and nothing with a Bugatti badge either. The base model is offered for the equivalent of $ 34,720, while the Vitesse sells for just over $ 50,000. The Pur Sang? That brings you an absurd $ 67,844 back (for what we must not forget, an electric toy car).
If you are as rich as Croesus and feel that a Baby II is exactly what you need in your life, you can ask BugattiBaby.com for one.
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