Bugatti Baby II Gets Bigger, More Powerful For Production Run
About 16 months after its debut as a concept car, the Bugatti Baby II is making a comeback as a full production model. And if this is the first time you’ve heard of the French marque’s new machine, don’t worry, you haven’t missed Molsheim’s new hypercar. As the name suggests, the Baby II is a scaled-down car, but it’s not just for kids.
Designed as a tribute to the original mid-1920s baby, the new model is a 75% scale of the Type 35 and should be comfortable for children 14 and up. The original Baby model was significantly smaller, representing a 50% scale of the Type 35 and suitable for children up to 8 years old. As Bugatti describes it, the new Baby II is “more of a young adult”.
With only 500 units planned for production, the Baby II is available in three versions. The base is made of composite materials and has a 1.4 kWh battery plus two driving modes – Novice limited to 12 miles per hour (20 kilometers per hour) and 1.3 horsepower (1 kilowatt), and Expert which can accelerate up to 30 mph (45 km / h) and has 5.4 hp (4 kW).
Go for the more expensive Vitesse model and it comes with a full carbon fiber body, a larger 2.8 kWh battery and an upgraded powertrain that can be unlocked with the Bugatti Speed Key. It unleashes the full potential of the 13.4 hp (10 kW) electric motor, which is more than enough for a top speed of 70 km / h.
Last but not least, the top-of-the-line Thoroughbred comes with the same powertrain as the Vitesse model, but it’s hidden under a hand-formed aluminum body, which takes over two hundred hours to operate. to build.
Every Baby II model comes with rear-wheel drive – just like the original – and a limited slip differential. Braking power is provided by hydraulic brakes and a regenerative braking system. Thanks to it, even the base model can travel up to 25 kilometers on a single charge if it is “driven carefully”. The larger pack of the Speed and Thoroughbred versions doubles the range, but it all depends on how you ride it. All models come with a replaceable battery pack.
Most of the design features of the Baby II are a detailed and faithful replica of the original Type 35. Interestingly, the fuel pressure gauge now shows battery capacity, while the oil gauge now shows the power used by the driver.
“Ettore Bugatti himself was already interested in the children of Bugatti enthusiasts and designed the Type 52 miniature car as a real Bugatti,” comments Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of Bugatti. “We are continuing this tradition with the new edition of the Bugatti Baby II, and I am delighted to have found The Little Car Company, a partner who shares the same values as us. With the Bugatti Baby II, we invite a young generation of enthusiasts to fall in love with the wonderful world of Bugatti. “
As mentioned above, Bugatti will only produce 500 copies of the Baby II with prices for the base model starting at € 30,000 (around $ 34,800 at current prices), while the Vitesse has a starting price of € 43,500 ( 50,500 USD). Go for the top-of-the-range Pur Sang model and it will set you back € 58,500 ($ 67,500).