500 of the Type 35 ‘child’s cars’ will be produced, but now large enough for adults to drive
Earlier this year, Bugatti began the celebration of its 110th anniversary by showing an updated version of the Bugatti Baby, a child-size car built in 1916 by Ettore Bugatti and his son, Jean, as a fourth birthday present for Jean’s son Roland.
The original car was to be a one-off, until the Bugattis’ customers asked for copies and the Bugatti Baby went into production for nine years.
As part of its anniversary celebration, Bugatti Automobiles revealed at the Geneva Motor Show the Bugatti Baby II in the form of a 3D-printed vehicle and announced that it would offer 500 such cars for sale. But this time, the “Baby” was a little more grown up, made large enough that not only a youngster but an adult could do the driving.
At Bugatti’s recent La Grande Fête event in Molsheim, France, the company showed the first production prototype of Baby II and allowed some customers to take it for a spin.
“When a company with such a colorful 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,” said Bugatti president Stephan Winkelmann. “Thus, it is only fitting for our anniversary year to revive the Bugatti Baby.
“The Bugatti Baby II has grown up to be more of a teenager now,” he added in reference to the vehicle being resized.
Bugatti has formed a partnership with The Little Car Company to produce the Baby II, which “combines the playfulness of the original Baby, reimagined with 21st century technology.”
Although it looks like the original Baby, that car was only half the size of the Bugatti Type 35 after which it was designed. Baby II is done to 75 percent scale with a sliding pedal box to accommodate drivers of varying height.
“We set out to design something which was respectful of the original but also great fun to drive,” said Ben Hedley, chief executive of The Little Car Company.
Baby II started with the digital scan of every component from a 1924 Type 35 Lyon Grand Prix car, but produced in scale, and with a modern electric powertrain to provide power.
The fuel pressure pump from the Type 35 has been replicated and repurposed, housing a forward/reverse control device.
The cars also come with a remote control “to disable the car from up to 50 meters should an inexperienced driver get carried away.”
All 500 copies were pre-sold within three weeks after the car was unveiled at Geneva. However, Bugatti said those who missed out can register at a special website should any of the original customers change their minds and to be notified of any future vehicles that might be developed. Base price announced in March was $33,735.
In addition to their cars, buyers receive membership in The Little Car Club and can attend special driving events at famous racing circuits.3 comments