Bugatti sells a kiddie car that can cost more than R1 million — take a look
- Bugatti teamed up with The Little Car Company to develop a miniature version of its 1920s Type 35 race car.
- Dubbed the Bugatti Baby II, the car is built to 75% scale and boasts an impressive list of features like LED headlights, hydraulic brakes, and an electric powertrain with regenerative braking.
- The top-of-the-line model can reach speeds of about 70kph and costs nearly R1.2 million.
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Bugattis might be tempting, but their huge price tags aren't. The good thing is, now's your chance to score one for right around R600,000, though there is a slight catch. Although technically a Bugatti, the Bugatti Baby II is, as its name might suggest, a three-quarters-scale replica meant for teens and young adults.
Developed jointly by Bugatti and The Little Car Company — which makes, you guessed it, little cars — the Bugatti Baby II isn't some run-of-the-mill pedal car or ride-on toy. It boasts quite the spec list, featuring a limited-slip differential, LED headlights, and hydraulic brakes.
In its highest-spec Pur Sang specification, the Baby hits a totally ridiculous top speed of around 70kph. But would you expect anything less than totally ridiculous from Bugatti, the maker of a 1,500-horsepower supercar? No, you wouldn't.
Here's what the Bugatti you can buy for R600,000 – unless you want to double that for a top-of-the-range model.
To celebrate its 110th anniversary last year, Bugatti teamed up with The Little Car Company to develop a driving, 75% scale car called the Bugatti Baby II.
Now, Bugatti's sharing all the specs, details, and pricing of the pint-sized ride.
As its name might tell you, this isn't the first time Bugatti has built a miniature car.
The original Bugatti Baby was a 50% scale, kiddie version of the Type 35 that Bugatti sold from 1927 to 1936.
This time around, Bugatti made the Baby a bit larger and brought it into the 21st century.
The car comes in three versions, all of which boast rear-wheel drive, a limited-slip differential, hydraulic brakes, and multiple driving modes.
While the base model hits a plenty-respectable top speed of around 50kph, the upper-tier Vitesse and Pur Sang versions can reach a frightening 70 kph.
Those models come with a "speed key" — much like you might find in a Chiron — which unlocks all of the Baby's 13.4 horsepower.
The top-of-the-line Pur Sang model — which Bugatti says is "targeted at collectors" — boasts hand-formed aluminium bodywork that requires more than 200 hours to create.
The base Baby can travel 24 kilometres on a charge, while the Vitesse and Pur Sang versions can go twice as far thanks to larger battery packs.
The Baby's dashboard features working replicas of the original Type 35's instruments, but the oil gauge now displays power and the fuel-pressure gauge shows battery level.
Bugatti and The Little Car Company also carefully recreated the Type 35's handling characteristics using 3D scans of an original car.
Some modern touches include LED headlights, a regenerative-braking system, and adjustable dampers so drivers can fine-tune handling.
The Baby II starts at roughly R600,000 for the base version, while a Pur Sang model will run you close to R1.2 million.
Although all 500 cars sold out within the first three weeks after the project was announced last year, some slots have opened up as clients' circumstances changed "due to recent global events," Bugatti said.
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