Bugatti's 'Baby II' is a 75% replica of the 1920s Type 35 racer


Bugatti’s Baby II is a ‘toy’ replica of the Type 35 racer from the 1920s which costs up to £53,000, reaches 42mph and is aimed at CHILDREN

  • Bugatti is selling a model of its famous Type 35 racer which won the 1926 Grand Prix World Championship 
  • The not-quite-full-size modern incarnation is a toy and not intended to be used as a road-going vehicle
  • The ‘Baby II’ costs up to €58,500 (£53,000) and can reach a speed of 42mph thanks to a 2.8kWh battery pack
  • Like the original Baby a century ago, only 500 of Baby II’s will be made, and most are already accounted for

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Bespoke car-maker Bugatti has sort-of returned to the electric car market after an 89-year hiatus, when it made the now uber-rare Type 56

The firm has produced a 75 per cent scale replica of its famous Type 35 racer, which won the 1926 Grand Prix World Championship. 

The not-quite-full-size modern incarnation is a toy and not intended to be used as a road-going vehicle, despite a price tag reaching up to €58,500 (£53,000).

A toy that costs more than a full-size Nissan Leaf, Europe’s most popular all-electric car, is a very on-brand move for Bugatti, the company which often flogs cars for north of £1million.  

However, the comparatively cheap ‘Baby II’ is aimed at either gadget-loving millionaires or the children of the world’s wealthiest individuals. 

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The 'Baby II' (pictured) costs up to €58,500 (£53,000) and can reach a speed of 42mph thanks to a 2.8kWh battery pack. Like the original Baby a century ago, only 500 of Baby II's will be made, and most are already accounted for

The ‘Baby II’ (pictured) costs up to €58,500 (£53,000) and can reach a speed of 42mph thanks to a 2.8kWh battery pack. Like the original Baby a century ago, only 500 of Baby II’s will be made, and most are already accounted for

The Baby II is a rekindling of the original Baby which was made by the German company’s founder Ettore Bugatti in 1926 for his four-year-old son, Roland.

Back then, the Baby was a half-scale replica of the Type 35 and a total of 500 were sold between 1927 and 1936.

There are three specification levels for the overpriced toy, with the cheapest, dubbed ‘Base’, coming with a 1.4Kwh battery pack. 

This has two settings — Novice or Expert— which a parent can enforce depending on the driving capabilities of the youngling behind the wheel. 

In Expert mode, the battery pack’s full might is unleashed and 5.4-horsepower propel the car to 30mph. 

The Baby II is a rekindling of the original Baby which was made by the German company's founder Ettore Bugatti in 1926 for his four-year-old son, Roland. Back then, the Baby was a half-scale replica of the Type 35 and a total of 500 were sold between 1927 and 1936

The Baby II is a rekindling of the original Baby which was made by the German company’s founder Ettore Bugatti in 1926 for his four-year-old son, Roland. Back then, the Baby was a half-scale replica of the Type 35 and a total of 500 were sold between 1927 and 1936

There are three specification levels for the overpriced toy, with the cheapest, dubbed 'Base', coming with a 1.4Kwh battery pack. This has two settings — Novice or Expert— which a parent can enforce depending on the driving capabilities of the youngling behind the wheel

There are three specification levels for the overpriced toy, with the cheapest, dubbed ‘Base’, coming with a 1.4Kwh battery pack. This has two settings — Novice or Expert— which a parent can enforce depending on the driving capabilities of the youngling behind the wheel

However, in Novice mode, this is throttled back to a maximum of 1.3 horsepower, resulting in a tepid top speed of 12mph. 

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This model has a maximum range of around 15 miles and only comes in the classic blue.

However, the upgraded version, the Vitesse, comes in a variety of colours for both the exterior paint and the interior’s upholstery. 

The Vitesse has a 13.4 horsepower electric motor and a 2.8kWh battery pack allowing for a top speed of up to 42mph and a range of 31 miles.  

Those wanting the top of the range ‘Pur Sang’ model will have to shell out €58,500 (£53,000) to the Volkswagen-owned French firm. 

For this hefty price tag, the Baby II comes with a hand-formed body, Bugatti says. 

Much like the original Baby a century ago, only 500 of the vehicle’s will be made, and most are already accounted for.   

The 'Base' model has a maximum range of around 15 miles and only comes in the classic blue (pictured). However, the upgraded version, the Vitesse, comes in a variety of colours for both the exterior paint and the interior's upholstery

The ‘Base’ model has a maximum range of around 15 miles and only comes in the classic blue (pictured). However, the upgraded version, the Vitesse, comes in a variety of colours for both the exterior paint and the interior’s upholstery

The Vitesse has a 13.4 horsepower electric motor and a 2.8kWh battery pack allowing for a top speed of up to 42mph and a range of 31 miles. Those wanting the top of the range 'Pur Sang' model will have to shell out €58,500 (£53,000) to the Volkswagen-owned French firm

The Vitesse has a 13.4 horsepower electric motor and a 2.8kWh battery pack allowing for a top speed of up to 42mph and a range of 31 miles. Those wanting the top of the range ‘Pur Sang’ model will have to shell out €58,500 (£53,000) to the Volkswagen-owned French firm





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