As Bugatti is celebrating its 110th anniversary this year, the company from Molsheim is revisiting its past to showcase the brand’s impressive heritage. After paying tribute to Jean Bugatti’s lost Type 57 SC Atlantic with the exquisite La Voiture Noire one-off, the French marque is now looking back at an entirely different machine.
Going by the name of Baby II, this is the smallest and most affordable Bugatti you can buy and drive. It takes after the Type 35 and serves as a follow-up to the original toy car sold between 1927 and 1936 during which roughly 500 examples were built. Naturally, Bugatti will be making the same amount of its modern-day equivalent, complete with an individually numbered plaque to reflect its exclusivity.
While the original was suitable only for kids, the new one can fit adults since it’s as a three-quarters-size replica of the Type 35. There’s obviously no quad-turbo W16 8.0-liter engine pushing out 1,479 horsepower like in the fullsize Bugattis available today, so you’ll have to make do with an electric motor delivering 1.3 hp in “child mode.” Top speed is electronically limited to 12 mph (20 kph), but switch to “adult mode” and the power rises to 5 hp while maximum velocity increases to a still-limited 30 mph (45 kph).
While all of today’s Bugattis have an all-wheel-drive system necessary to efficiently put the four-digit horsepower to the road, the Baby II adopts a RWD layout. Other goodies worth mentioning include a removable lithium-ion battery pack, regenerative braking, and even a limited-slip differential. The car featured here is finished in French Racing Blue, but other hues are available upon request.
The toy car exhibited at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show doesn’t have headlights, but Bugatti promises the final specification of the product will boast “powerful headlights.” At a hefty €30,000 (about $33,800), it better have them. To justify the eye-watering asking price, the company’s “Macaron” logo is made of solid silver to mimic the Chiron.
Bugatti is already accepting orders and will kick off production this fall.