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Bugatti creates limited-edition junior cars

Bugatti has built 500 limited-edition, miniature ‘junior’ cars in commemoration of the brand’s 110th anniversary.

In 1926, Ettore Bugatti and his son Jean created a half-scale Type 35 for Bugatti’s youngest son Roland’s fourth birthday. That model proved so popular that it actually went into production, selling between 1927 and 1936. It is believed that around 500 were made in total.

This year, Bugatti has revisited the idea. Limited to 500 units, the ‘Baby II’ has been created as both a tribute to the original and as a celebration of Bugatti’s 110th anniversary.

It has been built using the latest technology, and it’s only a three-quarter size replica of a Bugatti Type 35, it can be driven by both children and adults.

It uses a battery-powered electric powertrain, and even features a limited-slip differential and regenerative braking – technology usually reserved for the latest road cars.

Two selectable power modes are fitted to the Baby II as well. The first is a ‘child mode’, which limits the car’s top sped to 20km/h (12.4mph), while the second ‘adult mode’ boosts this up to 45km/h (28mph).

An optional ‘speed key’ upgrade is available too, which disengages the speed limiter and bumps up the motor’s output.

The eight-spoke alloy wheels are scale replicas of a design created by Ettore Bugatti in 1924, but feature modern brakes at each corner. The exterior of the car is finished in French Racing Blue, though customers are able to change this should they want to.

Of course, all of this build quality comes with a hefty price tag – €30,000 plus taxes, in fact (circa £27,764). Production is due to start this autumn.

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