The Little Car Company looks back at the first 100 Bugatti Baby IIs
20th June 2022
Celebrating more than 100 deliveries of the Bugatti Baby II, The Little Car Company - makers of the limited-edition Bugatti Baby II - look back at their most memorable client commissions, including the hundredth vehicle.
Built in partnership with Bugatti, the Bugatti Baby II is a contemporary tribute to Ettore Bugatti’s original masterpiece, the Bugatti Baby, built in 1926. The vehicle was developed to celebrate Bugatti’s 110th anniversary and is not only significant in preserving the history of the Bugatti marque, but also inspiring a new generation of young Bugatti enthusiasts.
Like any true Bugatti, the purchase of a Bugatti Baby II means an abundance of personalisation options. When it comes to specifying their Baby II, clients can choose from over 160 combinations across the Vitesse and Pur Sang models, with a range of additional extras and accessories that can be selected to create the perfect Bugatti. And if an individual can’t find exactly what they are looking for, The Little Car Company’s bespoke division will find the solution – whether it’s colour matching or enhancing the vehicle with additional fittings.
To honour their 100th commission, The Little Car Company have reflected on some of their most notable creations.
Ben Hedley, CEO of The Little Car Company, commented: “As with any luxury brand, The Little Car Company can offer a number of personalisation options, which clients love to explore when specifying their vehicle.
“We have commissioned a wide variety of Bugatti Baby II examples, some of which have included vehicles for owners of the original Bugatti Baby from 1926, where they have asked for us to match the colour of their new Baby II to their original. We’ve also had a number of original Bugatti Type 35 owners match their Baby II to their racing car. Some clients who own modern Bugatti examples, such as the Chiron 300+ and the extremely rare Bugatti Divo, have also completed their Bugatti Baby II to a similar specification. One Bugatti customer recently took delivery of his new Chiron Super Sport 300+ and certified Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse World Record Edition by ‘La Maison Pur Sang’, alongside six Bugatti Baby II models in bright spring colours – one for each of his six children.”
The Hundredth Commission
Purchased by Mr Sasan Azimi, an avid car enthusiast based in The Netherlands, the 100th Bugatti Baby II marks a milestone for Bugatti and The Little Car Company.
A passionate collector of the world’s most exclusive cars, Mr Azimi commissioned his very own Bugatti Baby II Vitesse after learning about the remarkable history of the Bugatti Type 35. On the 110th anniversary of Bugatti, he also discovered the story of the Bugatti Baby I - created by Ettore Bugatti - and that The Little Car Company were producing the Bugatti Baby II, in partnership with Bugatti.
Joining other exclusive cars in his garage, Mr Azimi carefully personalised his Baby II to match the first racing Bugatti Type 35 he ever saw on exhibition. His vehicle features the renowned (Chiron) French Racing Blue exterior and boasts a Lake Blue interior, matching that of the racing car he saw many years ago.
Commenting on his one-of-a-kind vehicle, Mr Azimi said: “The Bugatti Baby II is amazing quality overall. Its handmade finishing, its hidden details from Bugattis past and present and finally, the astonishing performances not only in acceleration, but even more impressive in braking.
“I’m extremely happy to be part of the 500 lucky owners of this collector’s item. On top of this, having the privilege to have been delivered my Bugatti Baby II - the 100th delivered worldwide - on my birthday, made it an unforgettable day for my family and I.”
Authenticity at its core
The Bugatti Baby II is available in three versions: Base, Vitesse and Pur Sang. The Pur Sang offers the same powertrain as the Vitesse but with beautiful, hand-formed aluminium bodywork. Using the same traditional coachbuilding techniques as the original Bugatti Type 35, each aluminium body takes more than 200 hours of skilled craftsmanship to create.
The Bugatti Baby II is based on a digital 3D scan of an original Lyon GP car with identical geometry and suspension, meaning the handling is as authentic as an enthusiast could hope for. A nod to modernity is the introduction of adjustable dampers, allowing clients to tailor the handling in ways not possible in the Type 35’s heyday.
The Baby II’s performance lives up to the Bugatti name. Offered exclusively in rear-wheel drive, all versions of the Baby II have a fully electric powertrain, high performance hydraulic brakes and selectable driving modes. The Base model comes with two modes; Novice which is limited to 20kph (12mph) and 1kW (1.3bhp) of power, and Expert which is limited to 45 kph (30mph) and 4kW (5.4bhp) of power.
The Vitesse and Pur Sang models include the Novice and Expert driving modes, but also offer extra performance from an upgraded powertrain, unlocked by the legendary Bugatti Speed Key. This enables owners to deploy up to 10kW (13.4 bhp) and with an all-up weight of just 230kg, achieve a top speed of 70kph (42mph). Depending on the weight of the driver, 0-60 kph is dispatched in just six seconds.
Other features which will appeal to enthusiasts include faithful working replicas of the original Type 35’s instruments, with some adaption for modernity. For example, the fuel pressure gauge has now become the battery gauge and in a nod to the Bugatti Veyron, the oil gauge has transitioned into a power gauge. The scale replica of the famous four spoke steering wheel now has a quick release to make access to the cockpit easier. The adjustable pedals are machined from solid aluminium billet and proudly display Bugatti’s famous “EB” logo, while the fuel pump handle has been exactly reproduced, but now serves as the forward, neutral and reverse selector.
For further information on the strictly limited edition Bugatti Baby II, please visit: www.bugattibaby.com