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The €30,000 Bugatti Baby II You Can Drive Without a License

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Ettore Bugatti’s famous 1926 “Bugatti Baby” is being re-released in a limited edition run of 500 units and has started series production.
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The limited edition Bugatti Baby II. Credit: The Little Car Company/Bugatti

Last year at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, Bugatti revealed plans to re-release the original 1926 “Bugatti Baby” in collaboration with The Little Car Company.

Originally developed back in 1926 by Ettore Bugatti and his son Jean, the Bugatti Baby was built as a scaled-down version of the Type 35 (and affectionately known as the “Type 52”) to celebrate the fourth birthday of Ettore’s youngest son Roland.

Ettore Bugatti Type 52 Baby Bugatti For Roland's Birthday
Ettore Bugatti with his youngest son Roland and the gifted “Type 52”. Credit: Bugatti

Initially, it was only going to be a one-off build. However, as others witnessed little Roland tearing around the Molsheim homestead and workshop in the miniaturized Type 35, it quickly became apparent that other parents wanted in, and the popular Bugatti Baby went into production between 1927 and 1936, producing around 500 units during that time.

Bugatti Baby II Side Profile
A larger scale version of the 1926 Bugatti Baby. Credit: Bugatti

While the original Bugatti Baby was a 50% scale of the Type 35, it struggled to fit a child any older than eight. In contrast, the Bugatti Baby II has been designed at 75% scale and will be suitable for ages fourteen upwards.

“Ettore Bugatti himself was already interested in catering to the children of Bugatti enthusiasts and designed the Type 52 miniature car as a genuine Bugatti. That was a sensation at the time,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. “We are continuing this tradition with the new edition of the Bugatti Baby II, and I am delighted that we have found The Little Car Company, a partner that shares the same values as us. With the Bugatti Baby II, we invite a young generation of enthusiasts to fall in love with the wonderful world of Bugatti.”

Bugatti Baby II Aerial View
Details like the egg-shaped radiator and long tail body have carried through to the new edition. Credit: Bugatti

To cater to clients’ varying needs, the Bugatti Baby II is being produced in three different versions:

The Bugatti Baby II Base model 
  • Prices starting at €30,000
  • Composite body 
  • 1.4kWh battery pack
  • Novice drive mode – 1kW of power and limited to 20km/h (12mph)
  • Expert drive mode – 4kW of power and limited to 45km/h (30mph)
The Baby Bugatti Vitesse model
  • Prices starting at €43,500
  • Carbon fiber body
  • More powerful 2.8kWh battery pack with an upgraded powertrain and a Chiron-like “Speed Key” to enable it to go even faster
  • Novice drive mode – 1kW of power and limited to 20km/h (12mph)
  • Expert drive mode – 4kW of power and limited to 45km/h (30mph)
  • Bugatti Speed Key option to increase to 10kW of power and a top speed of 70km/h (42mph)
– The Bugatti Baby II Pur Sang collector model
  • Prices starting at €58,500
  • Hand-built aluminum bodywork (most closely represents the traditional coachbuilding techniques – taking over 200 hours to create)
  • More powerful 2.8kWh battery pack with an upgraded powertrain and a Chiron-like “Speed Key” to enable it to go even faster
  • Novice drive mode – 1kW of power and limited to 20km/h (12mph)
  • Expert drive mode – 4kW of power and limited to 45km/h (30mph)
  • Bugatti Speed Key option to increase to 10kW of power and a top speed of 70km/h (42mph)

Although more attuned to the power and dynamics of the much larger models, even Bugatti test driver Andy Wallace has been impressed with the smaller version sharing, “When you first sit in the car and look at each tiny detail, it reminds me in some ways of the first few months with the Chiron. You get the same feeling walking around the car, as everywhere you look there are beautifully engineered solutions and design details that really are quite amazing. It would be easy to create something like this with a quarter of the quality, but that’s what’s so brilliant about this car: it’s absolutely top-of-the-line, a work of art on wheels. “

Bugatti Baby II with Andy Wallace Test Driver
Bugatti test driver Andy Wallace with the Bugatti Baby II. Credit: Bugatti

“In its most powerful mode, when you have the ‘Speed Key’ inserted, the Baby II is a very fast car. It’s quite impressive and brilliantly fun. You get a lovely feel of balance, it handles just like the original Type 35 and the regenerative braking is a very cool touch. It’s truly an authentic Bugatti, there are no questions about that.”

Bugatti Baby II with Andy Wallace Test Driving
Bugatti test driver Andy Wallace taking the Bugatti Baby II for a drive. Credit: Bugatti

The Little Car Company CEO Ben Hedley shared, “To develop the Baby II we had to walk a fine line. We wanted to pay tribute to the original Bugatti Baby and Type 35, but also wanted to integrate modern technology and make it fun to drive. We are delighted to deliver the hand-built Baby II to customers and allow multiple generations to share the joy of driving. We believe that the vehicle is something really special, delighting collectors and car enthusiasts around the world. As a counterpoint to Bugatti’s production car world speed record last summer, we have developed a vehicle which you can enjoy at much lower speeds with your children and grandchildren”.

And if roaring around town isn’t enough to get the adrenaline pumping for your young ones (and let’s be honest – probably yourself after you’ve attempted to squeeze into the driver’s seat), as a Bugatti Baby II owner you’ll also get the added perk of becoming a Bugatti Owner’s Club member and be invited to all member events, allowing your kids and grandkids to race around some of the most famous motor racing circuits in a pint-sized Bugatti!

Bugatti Baby: www.bugattibaby.com

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The New $3.4 million Bugatti Chiron Sport “Les Légendes du Ciel”: Legends of Heaven

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Aviation-inspired Bugatti Chiron Sport “Les Légendes du Ciel” pays tribute to its racing driver from the “golden decade” and their love for flight.
The new aviation-inspired Bugatti Chiron Sport "Les Legends du Ciel". Credit: Bugatti
The new aviation-inspired Bugatti Chiron Sport “Les Legends du Ciel”. Credit: Bugatti

Bugatti’s latest limited-edition Chiron Sport “Les Légendes du Ciel” (translated as The Legends of Heaven) pays tribute to its historic racing drivers of the “golden decade,” many who were accomplished daredevil pilots with a need for speed.

Featuring an aviation-inspired paint color scheme in a matte-grey “Gris Serpent,” with a contrasting high gloss white stripe down the center, the new Bugatti Chiron Sport “Les Légendes du Ciel” takes inspiration from the 1920’s aircraft piloted by Bugatti drivers and is based on the Chiron Sport.

Matte-grey Gris Serpent with high gloss racing stripe. Credit: Bugatti
Matte-grey Gris Serpent with high gloss racing stripe. Credit: Bugatti

“Bugatti has had close associations with aviation since the company was established more than 110 years ago. Many successful Bugatti racing drivers, such as Albert Divo, Robert Benoist and Bartolomeo ‘Meo’ Costantini, flew for the French Air Force, the French aviator legend Roland Garros privately drove a Bugatti Type 18 to be as fast on the road as in the air,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. “It is therefore almost an obligation for us today to pay tribute to the legends of that time and dedicate a special edition to them.”

Other small aeronautical details found on the exterior of the Bugatti Chiron Sport “Les Légendes du Ciel” include the small “Les Légendes du Ciel “logo on the front wings, the “Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge” tricolor in Blue, White, and Red on the front area of the side sills and door entry lights that project the edition logo onto the ground when the doors are opened.

Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge tricolor on the front area of the side door sills. Credit: Bugatti
Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge tricolor on the front area of the side door sills. Credit: Bugatti

Bugatti has also chosen to use a fine light brown Gaucho” leather for the entire vehicle interior as a nod to the aircraft’s leather interiors of bygone eras. Further aviation references throughout the interior include the logo “Les Légendes du Ciel” found on the headrests and door panels with a hand-sketched racing scene as well as the special edition numbering “1 of 20”.

Light brown Gaucho" leather is used throughout the interiors. Credit: Bugatti
Light brown Gaucho” leather is used throughout the interiors. Credit: Bugatti

For owners that want a little something extra, comfort seats are offered as an additional upgrade, along with the optional glass roof “Sky View” through which occupants can gaze into the sky like in open-top aircraft of the past century.

Owners can upgrade to the "Sky-view" glass roof if desired. Credit: Bugatti
Owners can upgrade to the “Sky-view” glass roof if desired. Credit: Bugatti

Powered by the same iconic 8.0-liter W16 engine as the Chiron Sport, the new edition delivers 1,500 PS with 1,600-newton meters of torque and is electronically limited to a top speed of 260mph (420 km/h).

Production of the Bugatti Chiron Sport “Les Légendes du Ciel” is expected to begin at the end of this year and will be limited to 20 vehicles in total at €2.88 million (USD$3.4 million) each.

Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Side Rear View
Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Aerial Side Rear
Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Aerial View
Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Aerial Rear View
Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Grille View
"Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge" tricolor in Blue, White, and Red on the front area of the side sills
"Les Légendes du Ciel"
Carbon fiber engine bay
Gaucho Leather interior
Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Leather Seats
Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Steering Wheel
Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Door Details
Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Console Insert

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McLaren Artura Teased As The Name of New Upcoming Hybrid Supercar

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McLaren has confirmed “Artura” will be the name of its new V6-based high-performance hybrid supercar.
McLaren Artura Hybrid Teaser
McLaren Artura will be UK automaker’s first series-production hybrid supercar. Credit: McLaren

McLaren Automotive has revealed the name for their first series-production hybrid supercar, which will be launched officially next year and named the “Artura.”

Known as a High-Performance Hybrid (HPH), the McLaren Artura is new in every respect and marks the beginning of a new era for the UK based automaker. Building on the experience gained through the development of both the McLaren P1TM hybrid hypercar in 2012 and later the Speedtail Hyper-GT, the Artura is expected to have incredibly quick times if the Speedtail Hyper-GT’s top speed of 250mph (403km/h) is anything to go by.

“Every element of the Artura is all-new,” says Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Automotive. “From the platform architecture and every part of the High-Performance Hybrid powertrain, to the exterior body, interior and cutting-edge driver interface – but it draws on decades of McLaren experience in pioneering super-lightweight race and road car technologies to bring all of our expertise in electrification to the supercar class.”

McLaren Artura Hybrid Teaser Front On
Powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine with electric motor. Credit: McLaren Automotive

The new McLaren Artura is said to sit between the GT and 720S in their lineup and will be built on a new McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA) platform designed and manufactured at the McLaren Composites Technology Centre. It features a new compact twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine and when combined with the lightweight High-Performance Hybrid powertrain and electric motor, retains the power and performance of McLaren’s much larger V8 engines.

For daily driving, the McLaren Artura will also run on electric power alone for emission-free urban journeys.

The McLaren Artura supercar will be on sale in the first half of 2021, with McLaren to reveal further details and pricing in the coming months.

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The 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class Is Designed to Be Chauffeur Driven

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The new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is more luxurious than the standard S-Class sedan and, with the Chauffeur package included, makes it an attractive option for the owner that needs to be driven daily.
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The new luxurious 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. Credit: Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the new top-of-the-line 2022 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, which sees the wheelbase extended by seven inches (18cm) compared to the standard Mercedes-Benz S Class, and luxurious features like the Executive Seating and Chauffeur Package come as standard.

Designed to combine the Mercedes-Benz flagship model’s high-tech solutions with the exclusivity and tradition of Maybach, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class was first launched in 2015 and has already sold approx. 60,000 vehicles to date.

Over 60,000 models have been sold since first launched in 2015. Credit: Mercedes-Benz
Over 60,000 models have been sold since first launched in 2015. Credit: Mercedes-Benz

Powered by a 4.0L twin-turbo V8 engine that delivers 496hp and 516lb-ft of torque and paired with AIRMATIC air suspension, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class provides an ultra-smooth ride and remains popular to this day as a “car to be driven in” thanks to the comfort afforded by the extended rear area and the luxurious upgrades.

Extended wheelbase offers more cabin room than the standard Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Credit: Mercedes-Benz
Extended wheelbase offers more cabin room than the standard Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Credit: Mercedes-Benz

“With the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, we are emphasizing the progressive, modern approach of its exclusive product portfolio shortly before the 100th anniversary of Mercedes-Maybach automobiles,” says Dirk Fetzer, head of Mercedes-Maybach product management. “As they did then, today’s customers have high expectations of their exclusivity and individuality, elegant design and first-class standard of finish, all based on the latest technology. Especially with respect to comfort, safety and design, the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class has unique selling features in the hotly contested luxury segment.”

Easily recognizable by the front chrome radiator grille marked “MAYBACH” and the distinctive bonnet with its chrome fin and wider rear doors, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class has an elegant appearance, which can be further customized with the option of a two-tone paint finish. Other optional extras include electrically operated comfort rear doors.

The front chrome radiator grille of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. Credit: Mercedes-Benz
The front chrome radiator grille of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. Credit: Mercedes-Benz

The interior of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is essentially based on the new interior design of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and shares the same sculptured appearance of the dashboard, center console, and armrests. Owners have the option of adding Ambience Lighting that features throughout the interior cabin.

Optional ambient lighting can be adjusted to suit the driving mood. Credit: Mercedes-Benz
Optional ambient lighting can be adjusted to suit the driving mood. Credit: Mercedes-Benz

In the latest model, the infotainment system MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) is even more personal and intuitive to use. On request, the MBUX Interior Assist can also be equipped in the rear of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.

MBUX Interior Assist recognizes the intentions of occupants and assists where needed. credit: Mercedes-Benz
MBUX Interior Assist recognizes the intentions of occupants and assists where needed. credit: Mercedes-Benz

Designed to recognize the intentions of the occupants of the vehicle, MBUX Interior Assist recognizes eye-direction, hand gestures, and the body language of the occupants to assist with automatic vehicle functions as the situation requires. The Mercedes‑Maybach S-Class can also recognize movements and gestures by the rear occupants with the help of 3D laser cameras in the roof liner. For example, the belt extender for the outer rear seats automatically offers up the seat belt when MBUX Interior Assist recognizes the occupant’s intention to reach for the belt by hand movements.

Luxurious rear seating so that passengers are comfortable whether working or resting. Credit: Mercedes-Benz
Luxurious rear seating so that passengers are comfortable whether working or resting. Credit: Mercedes-Benz

Deliveries of the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class are expected to begin mid-2021, although no pricing has been announced.

Mercedes Maybach Rear Seats
Mercedes Maybach Seats
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