Bugatti has unveiled the first Baby II prototype during the celebrations for the company’s 110th anniversary as the greatest junior car ever created.
Earlier this year, at the Geneva Motor Show, Bugatti showcased the Baby II as a 3D-printed model, which caused customers to rush in and secure all of the 500 examples in just three weeks. Prices start from 30,000 euros ($33k at the current exchange rates).
To create the Baby II, Bugatti partnered with The Little Car Company. Every single component of the 1924 Type 35 Lyon Grand Prix car was digitally scanned while a modern electric powertrain with a lithium ion battery pack and regenerative braking were incorporated into the design seamlessly.
The Bugatti Type II is a 75 percent scale replica of the original Type 35, enabling it to be driven by both adults and children. It comes with a sliding pedal box, replicated eight-spoke alloy wheels with modern Michelin rubber, as well as a reproduced hollow front axle, suspension and steering mechanism.
The world’s most engineered junior car comes with two selectable power modes: a 1kW child mode with a top speed of 12 mph (20km/h) and a 4kW adult mode, where the Baby II can reach 28 mph (45 km/h) flat out. Each car will come with two removable battery pack sizes, including the standard 1.4 kWh unit and the long-range 2.8 kWh unit. With the latter fitted, Bugatti claims a driving range of more than 18 miles (30 km).
The cockpit features a turned aluminum dash with custom Bugatti instruments, including a speedometer, battery level indicator and a power gauge, just like the Chiron and Veyron. The fuel pressure pump has been digitally replicated and repurposed as a forward/reverse control while standard kit includes a horn, rear-view mirror, handbrake and a remote control to disable the junior car from a distance. The dash also hosts a plaque with the chassis number while the famous Macaron badge on the nose is made of 50g of solid silver, just like the Chiron.
Of course there will be three specifications to choose from: the base Baby II that features a composite body; the Baby II Vitesse that comes with a carbon-fiber body and a ‘Speed Key’; and finally the Baby II Pur Sang which will wear a hand-crafted aluminum body and also get the ‘Speed Key’.
If you still want to spoil your offspring but didn’t make it on the reserve list, Bugatti invites you to register your interest in case a prospective buyer comes to his senses and buy an actual car with his money instead.