Bugatti Creates A Mini Version Of The Iconic Type 35 For Its 110th Anniversary
Between 1924 and 1930, Ettore Bugatti was experiencing one victory after another with the now legendary Bugatti Type 35. To put it into perspective, the iconic open-top sports car secured over 2,000 victories during this period. In 1926, Bugatti built a mini replica of the Type 35 as a fourth birthday present for his youngest son, Roland.
Scaled down to 50 per cent of the Type 35's size, the creation was affectionately called Baby and was so popular that 500 units were produced. The racing car for kids, perhaps the first of its kind, remains highly coveted by a Bugatti collector today.
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Perhaps in reaction to the unabated desire for this novelty, Bugatti unveiled a follow-up, the Bugatti Baby II, last year to commemorate its 110th anniversary. A remarkable replica of its namesake, the car was just made available to the public — and it's already sold out.
Bugatti has imbued the car with a touch of modernity and power while retaining its heritage. Developed through a full 3D scan of the Bugatti Type 35 and shrunk to 25 per cent of the original size, Bugatti Baby II is bigger than the first Baby hence allowing drivers aged 14 and above to experience the fun.
The new car comprises three models. The Base model is made of a composite body and equipped with a solid 1.4kWh battery pack. Upgrade to the Vitesse model for a lighter carbon fibre body with a more powerful 2.8kWh battery pack, complete with a Speed Key. However, serious collectors may want to get their hands on the Pur Sang model with hand-formed aluminium bodywork that takes more than 200 hours to create. For all models, customers can customise the colour of the body and leather seats.
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Aesthetics aside, the Baby II sports a rear wheel drive, equipped with a limited slip differential (LSD) and high performance hydraulic brakes for safe driving. The Base model offers two driving modes; Novice which can reach up to 12mph, and the Expert mode which has a maximum speed of 30mph. Both the Vitesse and Pur Sang model can reach a further top speed of 42mph with the use of the Speed Key. On fully charged battery, the Vitesse and Pur Sang models possess a more than respectable 50km driving range.
Featuring many of the authentic Type 35 instruments including the original fuel pressure gauge converted into the battery gauge and the famous four-spoke steering wheel, the Bugatti Baby II is the perfect introduction for young enthusiasts into the automobile world.
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