Bugatti Baby II – MUST HAVE

As a child, driving around in an electric car experiencing that freedom in the back garden was peak enjoyment. Some electric toy cars resembled their larger ICE counterparts better than others and this leads me to this.

What had originally started as a one-off present from Ettore Bugatti to his grandson Roland for his fourth birthday, the Bugatti Baby was a hit with Bugatti customers, so much so that 500 were sold between 1927 and 1936.

In 2020, the Little Car Company has taken that concept and ran with it. The Bugatti Baby II is based on the Bugatti Type 35, the most successful racing car of all time, and like the original, it too will be limited to 500 units.

The Baby II is a three-quarters-size replica of the Bugatti Type 35 so it can be driven by both adults and children. It is fitted with a rear-wheel drive electric powertrain powered by three removable lithium ion batteries, a limited slip differential and regenerative braking. It comes in two selectable power modes; 1kW Novice Mode limited to 20km/h and 4kW Expert Mode limited to 45km/h, but much like the modern Bugattis, there is an optional Speed Key that winds the power up to 10kW and removes the speed limiter.

Other elements that make this unique is the plaque displaying a unique chassis number and the famous Macaron badge made of 50g of silver.

Now if you haven’t gathered yet, this isn’t a cheap toy – offered in three models – Base, Vitesse and Pur Sang. The Base is fitted with composite bodywork, standard 1.4kWh battery and standard powertrain and only one choice of colour and interior at a cost of €30,000.

The Vitesse is fitted with the long range 2.8kWh battery and high performance powertrain with the Speed Key included. Bodywork is made of Carbon fibre and can be optioned in 21 exterior colours and eight interior leather colours with an option to upgrade to Bridge of Weir Leather, known for incredibly soft leather in some of the world’s best cars. Prices for Vitesse start at €43,500.

The Pur Sang goes one further, remaining true to the original Type 35 with hand formed aluminium bodywork that takes 200 hours to create. It carries the same powertrain and battery, including the Speed Key of the Vitesse and prices for that start at €58,500. I would shy away from the traditional French Racing Blue and pick Jaune Molsheim (contemporary yellow) with the upgraded Bridge of Weir Leather in Lake Blue.

CUPRA’s first all electric vehicle is here – el-Born

CUPRA has confirmed its newest model, the all-electric el-Born. First revealed at the Geneva Motor show in 2019, designers have continued to tweak the design of the brand’s first all electric vehicle to what you see before you, CUPRA bronze accents and all.

Developed on Volkswagen’s MEB platform, the el-Born features a 77kWh battery powering the rear wheels with a claimed range of 310 miles and can be fast charged to offer 161 miles of range in 30 minutes.

Acceleration figures are normally 0-62mph times but the el-Born is all about traffic light to traffic light so the figure we have is for 0-31mph at 2.9 seconds.

The interior is going to be familiar to those who have driven other electric cars, more space than an equivalent petrol or diesel cars thanks to the lack of a transmission tunnel. Occupants get CUPRA Sports bucket seats, the new CUPRA Steering wheel, high quality sustainably sourced materials throughout whilst the driver gets an augmented reality heads-up display and full connectivity.

The el-Born will be built at the Zwickau plant in Germany and will officially be launched in 2021.

Silex Power – Chreos

Car manufacturers have been battling with governments all over the world with regards to emissions, so much so that a few manufacturers have gone completely electric namely Tesla, Fisker, and the usual large car manufacturers from around the world.

Malta is not known in the motoring world for making fantastic cars or any cars whatsoever, so when I recently came across a company known as Silex Power who boldly claimed they are going to produce, ‘the most innovative and revolutionary electric vehicle designed to date,’ i was surprised to find out they are based on Malta’s sister island Gozo.

The Chreos as it is to be called, is a luxury electric car. Now this won’t be any electric car, it will be one that can cruise at 125km/h over a distance of 1000km on a single charge. The body being built solely out of carbon fibre with some of the industry’s top materials and technologies. Design wise, the car reminds me of the Bugatti Galibier with its swooping lines and long rear windscreen.  Rear suicide doors allow easy entry for the rear passengers into the cabin where they will be surrounded by conventional materials such as wood and leather.

The Chreos will be powered by four independent motors sitting at each wheel producing a combined power outage of 640bhp and torque rating of 4400NM. To put these numbers into perspective, a Bugatti Veyron has 1250NM of torque and a Pagani Zonda has 710NM of torque.

These figures are rather impressive but the party trick is yet to come.

The batteries on the Chreos are somewhat special. They will allow full charge within ten minutes of being plugged in due to the power density used in the battery. (double that of a conventional electric car battery)

As this car is still a concept, most of the features won’t make the grade for the finished product and in all honesty I am quite skeptical to whether the car will ever be produced to match the published figures. However, I do hope they prove me wrong and show the rest of the world that a tiny island like Malta can battle with the top car manufacturers.

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