Toddlers these days are sophisticated people.
They want the finer things in life, have an image to uphold, and can’t be seen navigating their backyards or the forests outside of the country manor in anything less than the latest in luxury toddler transport.
I’m kidding. They’re small humans with a limited sense of self-preservation. They need to be trained to use the toilet, will roll around on the floor screaming when they’re unhappy, and, if my friend’s kid is anything to go on, won’t hesitate to eat anything and everything that they can get their hands on – including mud.
With all this in mind, I think it’s safe to say that the new Baby Bugatti II wasn’t made for children, but for their parents.
If your kid is zooming around in a standard child-vehicle from a regular toy store you’ll be ill-spoken of in the village.
Heaven forbid your tyke is seen driving the old Baby Bugatti. What will the neighbours say?
I can tell you what your child will say. It will ask you for a biscuit.
Nevertheless, the new luxury model for tots initially sold out in just two weeks, so let’s hand over to Forbes for the specs on this thing.
Unveiled at last year’s Geneva Motor Show, the “Baby Bugatti II” kids’ car was created as part of the brand’s 110th anniversary celebration.
Starting at around $35,000 and topping out at a whopping $68,000, it was developed in partnership with The Little Car Company, and is a 75 percent scale battery-powered replica of the brand’s classic 1924 Type 35 Lyon Grand Prix car.
This is no mere kiddie car. Bugatti scanned every detail of the Ettore Bugatti’s original to replicate it in the Baby Bugatti II.
It sits at 2.8 meters long (9.2 feet) and 1.0 meter wide (3.3 feet)–which would allow kids, parents, and grandparents (and wealthy childless enthusiasts with a playful bent) to enjoy the ride. The pedal box is adjustable to accommodate drivers of various heights.
Its eight-spoke alloy wheels, which are said to have been groundbreaking at the time, have been replicated, and they’re clad with modern Michelin tires. Mechanical details, like the hollow front axle, suspension, and the steering mechanism have likewise been carried over.
The interior details, including the original car’s aluminium dashboard and four-spoke steering wheel, have likewise been replicated.
The tachometer, oil and fuel pressure gauges have been replaced with a speedometer, battery level indicator and power gauge. A plaque at the center of the dash notes its build number.
The design team preserved the Type 35’s clock used for measuring race performance, should someone’s child choose to enter the car in an around-the-gated-community derby.
The base model is powered by a standard 1,4 kWh removable lithium-ion battery pack. If you really want to make the neighbours jealous, the more expensive Vitesse and the Pur Sang versions feature a long-range 2,8 kWh version with a range of at least 30 km.
As if keeping track of your kid wasn’t hard enough, you can now put them in a machine that allows them to travel 30km out of range.
The Baby Bugatti II come in the classic French Racing Blue with a black interior, though custom colors can be specified. The base model features a composite body, while the Vitesse rides with carbon fiber, and the top Pur Sang gets a hand fabricated aluminum shell.
The car’s hood is adorned with Bugatti’s signature ‘Macaron’ badge fabricated from 50 grams of solid silver.
Turns out, with the pandemic taking no prisoners, a few people have changed their minds about the tiny car, so there are one or two that are once again available if you’re unsatisfied with your child’s current mode of transportation.
Chances are, while you marvel at the luxury vehicle, your child will play with the box.
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