Bugatti building mini replica of its 1935 GP racer
Bugatti and The Little Car Company have partnered to build the coolest Christmas present ever, an electric three-quarter scale version of the 1924 Type 35 Lyon Grand Prix car.
The Baby II, named as a nod to the original half-scale Baby from the early 1920s, includes neat features like a hollow front axle, eight-spoke wheels with Michelin rubber, an aluminium dash with a clock "used for measuring race performance," and a digital recreation of the fuel pressure gauge.
Bugatti painted the prototype in French Racing Blue but says the 500-strong production run can be painted in modern colours from the Chiron range. Alternatively, customers can choose vintage colours that are tied to specific racers or events from the company's history.
Baby II will come in three different versions. The base Baby II will be crafted with a composite body while the Baby II Vitesse will have a carbon fibre body. Finally, the Baby II Pur Sang gets a hand-built aluminium body. Both the Vitesse and Pur Sang will come with "Speed Keys" that unlock 10kW of power and disable the speed limiters.
As standard, the little car is rear driven by an electric motor, good for as much as 4kW of power in Adult Mode, or 1kW in Child Mode (before the 10kW Speed Key unlock). Top speed in each respective mode is 45km/h and 19km/h while range is roughly 30km. There’s even a limited-slip differential for the really sporty drivers out there.
Production will kick off in the United Kingdom throughout 2020 and 2021, with prices starting around €30,000 ($NZ52.7k)