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Chances are, you will never own a Bugatti - with a starting price just under $3 million, the Chiron is out of reach for anyone who's net worth doesn't begin with the letter b. But Bugatti recently revealed a new model to celebrate its 110th anniversary, and this one is a bit more affordable. It's a children's toy based on the Bugatti Type 35, a car which is considered to be one of the greatest race cars of all time.
Ettore Bugatti and his son Jean built a half-scale replica - nicknamed 'the Baby' - for Ettore's son Roland's fourth birthday and the company ended up building 500 of them from 1927 to 1936. Bugatti has already shown off a prototype version and has now announced the production version called the Baby II.
"When a company with such a colorful and proud history as Bugatti turns 110, you can allow yourself to look into the rearview mirror a little bit more than you usually would. Thus, it is only fitting for our anniversary year to revive the Bugatti Baby", said Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. "The Bugatti Baby II has grown up to be more of a teenager now, and I must say I'm very excited to see it drive around on the Bugatti premises in Molsheim."
Bugatti will 3D print just 500 examples of the Baby II and in the three weeks since it was announced at Geneva, all 500 have already been sold out. It will be available in three specifications: Baby II with a composite body, Baby II Vitesse with a carbon fiber body and Speed Key, and Baby II Pur Sang with a handcrafted aluminum body and Speed Key.
The original Baby was a tight squeeze for children at 50 percent scale, so the Baby II has been increased to 75 percent scale so children and adults can both enjoy it. Bugatti has even added a sliding pedal box to make it easier for adults to drive it. The rear-wheel-drive powertrain includes two selectable power modes: 1kW child mode with a top speed of 12 mph and a 4kW adult mode with a top speed around 28 mph.
French Racing Blue with a black leather interior is the standard color but Bugatti says other options will be available for both the exterior and interior, each dedicated to a famous driver or event from company's history. All 500 examples have already been sold for 30,000 euros (around $33,000) each but Bugatti says interested buyers can join a list in case someone drops out or more cars are announced.