In early 2019, Bugatti hinted at something special. In late 2019, more details were released and the picture became clearer. In a dedicated homage to the Bugatti Type 35 racing car, raced by Ettore Bugatti to over one thousand wins, and to celebrate the company’s 110th anniversary, a 3/4 scale version of the car was released. Inspired by the half-sized toy car built in 1926 for Ettore’s son Roland, it was available with just 500 units to be manufactured, the same as the smaller version of the real thing after the original intent of just one sparked huge interest. The name is Bugatti Baby II.
The Bugatti Baby II is a purely electric machine, and the scale allows both small and big children to be behind the wheel. The car will be a rear-wheel driven machine, with two driving modes to cater to the two sizes of drivers. A 1.4kWh lithium battery or 2.8kWh unit with a mooted range of 20 miles will allow for a top speed in Child mode of 12mph, or in Adult mode, up to 28mph. An optional “Speed Key” takes the restrictors off and top speed goes north of 50mph.
But don’t mistake this for a half-hearted effort on the company’s books. There is a limited-slip differential, replica eight-spoke wheels of the original with modern Michelin rubber, and a hollow tube front axle. Inside is a turned aluminum dash with nods towards the Chiron in details in the gauges, and a plaque denoting the build number from the 500. 50 grams of solid silver goes towards a badge placed on the front of each Bugatti Baby 11.
There will be three body materials available; a composite, carbon-fiber “Vitesse” (which also includes the Speed Key), and hand-built aluminum for the “Pur Sang”. And to faithfully replicate the look, a genuine Type 35 was 3D scanned in every detail by Bugatti and The Little Car Company, the group that will look after production in Britain. The Bugatti Baby II also features regenerative braking, headlights, and a remote engine disabler.
On the prototype release version, a glorious French Racing Blue was used, however, Bugatti specifies that a broader palette was available with the Chiron range available or a vintage color that’s “dedicated to a famous driver or event from the history of Bugatti.”
When details were released, all 500 of the Bugatti Baby II models were pre-sold in a matter of three weeks at a price of around USD$33,000 or around 30,000€.