Meet the R485,000 Bugatti built to keep your kids entertained

18 September 2019 - 18:08 By AFP Relaxnews
Bugatti has unveiled the first prototype of its Baby II.
Bugatti has unveiled the first prototype of its Baby II.
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Earlier this year, Bugatti announced that it was reviving the 1926 Bugatti Baby – a €30,000 (R485,000) kid-friendly version of the 1924 Bugatti Type 35 race car – in celebration of the brand's 110-year anniversary. 

At the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland in March, Bugatti showed off the first 3D-printed design model of the Baby II, a car inspired by the original Baby, created in 1926.

This week customers finally got their first look of the car. The first prototype, created in partnership with The Little Car Company, was introduced to customers in Molsheim, France, the birthplace of the brand, where they'll be able to give it a test drive.

The first Baby model was a half-scale version of the iconic car designed for Ettore Bugatti's youngest son, which ended up going into commercial production. About 500 were made throughout the 1920s and '30s.

Instead of being half-size, the second generation of the model is a three-quarter replica of the Type 35 - allowing it to be driven by children and adults alike, thanks to a sliding pedal box.

"The Bugatti Baby II has grown up to be more of a teenager now," joked the president of the brand.

Similarly to the original, the Baby II is powered by a RWD electric powertrain, though only the 2019 iteration is available with two different drive modes: one for kids and one for adults. The child mode has a top speed of 20km/h, whereas the adult mode can see the car reach speeds of 45km/h.

Only 500 units of the new model were set to be manufactured. Within three weeks, all cars were already sold.

Production will begin at the start of next year and continue throughout 2020 and 2021.