Bugatti reveals Baby II in prototype form

Bugatti reveals Baby II in prototype form

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.

Baby is 75 percent scale duplicate of the Type 35 Grand Prix racing car

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.

Dashboard looks like the one in the racing version, though gauges show battery charge, etc.

“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.

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  • HARRY DILLON
    September 20, 2019, 2:32 PM

    Almost $34K for a Toy? It just is outside of my budget.

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  • Alex Rankine
    September 20, 2019, 2:42 PM

    I think the vehicle should be also offered as a peddle car!

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  • Ryan Corman
    September 20, 2019, 8:55 PM

    I want a full sized repro, with a 3litre twin turbo BMW straight 6 and the requisite 6spd box, dancing on the narrow ’20’s style tires… why, one could drive such to Downton and be "received". Hand the gauntlets, leather helmet, and goggles to yon butler, toss the long coat onto the floorboard, straighten your afternoon attire and be presented.
    Certainly, such a flamboyant display would be gauche and an indication of being "nouveau riche", or just in character due to one’s service as an airman in the Great War- yet…
    How many of us yearn for a past we forcibly rejected 200+ years ago?
    How many blue collar American snobs made "Downton Abbey" what it is?
    How many wealthy Americlowns purchase "titles", so they can pretend to be "Earl of…" or "Viscount…"?
    Lots. You can look it up, but it’s lots.
    I just want a Type 35 with modern running gear, and the goggles.
    And if I get an opportunity to visit Highclere Castle, I’ll be properly mannered, and not purchased "nobility". I’m just me, awed by history.
    -R

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