One of them is to go smaller. Maybe get scale models of the cars. But again, there’s a problem. You can’t really get in them and drive them.
So, Bugatti has a special offer for 500 lucky (and rich) customers. The company is bringing back the Bugatti Baby. The original Bugatti Baby was a small pedal car for kids. It was a 50% scale of the Type 35 which made it quite small even for kids.
Now Bugatti has reworked it into the Bugatti Baby II. This new car is a 75% scale, so even adults could have a go.
Bugatti says: “The first stage for the Baby II engineering team was to digitally scan every single component of a 1924 Type 35 Lyon Grand Prix car. From there the designers adapted Ettore Bugatti’s masterpiece, introducing a modern electric powertrain with lithium ion batteries and regenerative braking.Other elements were gently redesigned for the modern age. The ground-breaking eight-spoke alloy wheels were replicated, but are now wearing modern Michelin tyres. The innovative lightweight hollow front axle has been reproduced, as has the elegant suspension and signature steering mechanism from the original.”
The Baby II is quite impressive: “The rear wheel drive powertrain comes with two selectable power modes for drivers of different experience: a 1kW ‘child mode’ with the top speed limited to 20 km/h, and a 4kW ‘adult mode’ with the top speed limited to 45 km/h. In addition, for those enthusiasts who crave even more pace, some versions come with a ‘Speed Key’ just like its big brother, the Chiron, which allows power of up to 10kW and disengages the speed limiter. Fortunately there is a Limited Slip Differential to help drivers make the most of the torque available at the rear wheels.”
The car will come with two sizes of removable battery, a standard 1.4 kWh pack and a long-range 2.8 kWh version. While exact range will depend on driving style, the larger pack is expected to give a range of more than 30km.
All that for $33 000. And you can customize the colors on the interior and exterior. Each Baby II is 2.8m long and 1.0m wide. The exact weight of the car will depend on the version, but starts at around 230kg without driver.
The bad news? All 500 Bugatti Baby II were sold out in three weeks. The slightly good news? Bugatti is still accepting prospective buyers in case someone of the 500 decides to pull out of the purchase.