Bugatti manufactures expensive, fuel-powered, high-performance cars that are mostly seen in racing games. But not many people know that Bugatti launched an electric car way back in 1931. It was the Type 56 car and the only electric car that the company had produced, until now. As per reports, the company recently launched an electric “toy” car- the Baby II. Although Bugatti’s special “toy” EV is primarily designed for children, adults can drive it too.
Back in 1926, Ettore Bugatti, the founder of the company, designed the company’s first “baby” car model for his youngest son. It was a half-scale “Type 35”- a birthday gift for his son, Roland. These baby cars were in the market from 1927 till 1936.
They have now designed Bugatti’s special “toy” EV to celebrate the company’s 110th birthday. Bugatti’s new Baby II is a 75% scale of the founder’s masterpiece, the “Type 35”. However, Type 35 ran on fuel, but Baby II runs on electric motors that are powered by a battery.
Bugatti’s special “toy” EV, Baby II is available in three models-
The base model comes with a composite body and a 1.4kWh battery, providing 1.3 horsepower while driving in “novice mode”. Driving in the “expert mode” increases the horsepower to 5.8 bhp.
The Vitesse and Pur-Sang versions come with a 2.8kWh battery pack each. They also carry support for the “Bugatti Speed Key” that increases the horsepower to 13.4 bhp. The only difference between the two is that Vitesse is made of pure carbon, but Pur-Sang is entirely made of aluminium.
Speaking of the range of Baby II cars, it can easily vary from 15 to 31 miles per hour. However, you can always take out the battery pack and replace it with a new one. So, instead of charging the dead battery, you can easily install a new one.
Because it’s a birthday special, Bugatti’s special “toy” EV will only be available in limited numbers, 500 to be precise. The base model costs Rs 26,38,830. The Vitesse and Pur-Sang have a similar price range of Rs. 51,01,740.
That’s quite a bit expensive. But who are we kidding? Bugatti has always been known as the company that produces very good but highly expensive cars.