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Bugatti Baby returns as an electrified ‘unruly teenager’

The Bugatti Baby II continues the lineage of the original Baby from nearly 100 years ago.

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This year, Bugatti celebrates its 110th birthday. In honor of the occasion, the company is giving itself a present. Meet the Bugatti Baby II, a “reimagining" of the original Bugatti Baby, which was born 94 years ago.

The 1926 version came to be after Ettore Bugatti and his son, Jean, decided to build a scaled-down version of the company's Type 35 car for Ettore's youngest son Roland's fourth birthday. What they ended up with was a 50 percent scale version of the car.

According to Bugatti history, “Ettore and Jean had intended the present as a one-off car, however the feedback from customers visiting Molsheim was so positive that the Baby went into production and was sold between 1927 and 1936."

Bugatti Baby II

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The size of teh Bugatti Baby would barely fit the average eight year old today. So, in making the Bugatti II, The automaker decided to up the ante, designing a 75 percent scale model that is designed to fit the modern 14 year old.

"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."

The electric car is sold in three models: Base, Vitesse, and Pur Sang. The Baby II Base has a composite body and is a powered by a 1.4 kilowatt-hour battery pack. The mid-grade Vitesse features a carbon fiber body and 2.8 kilo-watt-hour battery back as well as a Speed Key in a similar fashion as the Chiron1.

The Baby II Pur Sang is the ultimate expression of opulence. It has the same 2.8 kilowatt-hour battery pack as the Vitesse model but is enhanced by featuring aluminum bodywork. It is crafted using the same coachbuilding techniques as the original Bugatti Type 35, taking over 200 hours to create.

Bugatti designed the model by 3D scanning the originals Type 35 and giving the Baby II identical geometry and suspension. Bugatti says that the only “nod to modernity is the introduction of adjustable campers". Bugatti Test Pilot, Andy Wallace, was even involved in the final development of the tuning and setup of the Baby II.

The cockpit features replicas of the original Baby's gauges with slight modification on its turned aluminum dashboard - the fuel pressure gauge has now become a battery gauge. The four-spoke steering wheel now has a quick release feature. Adjustable machined aluminum pedals have the famous “EB" logo. The fuel pump handle has also been reproduced, but now serves as a s shifter with forward, neutral, and reverse options.

Developed in partnership with The Little Car Company, those that have driven the Baby II describe it as "more of an unruly teenager than a Baby." It features a limited slip differential, high performance hydraulic brakes, Michelin tires, and selectable driving modes. The Base model comes with two modes; Novice which is limited to 20 kph (12 mph) and one kilowatt (1.3 bhp) of power, and Expert which is limited to 45 kph (30 mph) and 4 kilowatts (5.4 bhp) of power.

The Vitesse and Pur Sang versions add Novice and Expert driving modes, allowing drivers to use up to up to 10 kilowatts (13.4 bhp). Those two models are able to reach up to 42 mph. Depending on the weight of the driver, that speed can be hit in as little as six seconds.

The Baby II Base can get 25 km of range out of a single charge. Mid-grade and top-tier models have more than 50 km of range, though that range is diminished if drivers go hard on the throttle. A replacement lithium-ion battery is available and able to be swapped with the original in just a few minutes.

Buyers can customize their model's exterior and interior in the same solid shades as the Chiron.

In addition, all owners of Baby IIs will receive membership of The Little Car Club and the Bugatti Owners' Club, and be able to attend events where they, their children and grandchildren can drive their cars at famous motor racing circuits.

The Base model starts at €30,000, the Vitesse at €43,500 and the Pur Sang starts at €58,500.

Bugatti is making just 500 examples of the Baby II. Though most slots are filled, a few still remain open. Visit bugattibaby.com today to reserve yours.

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The Twisted NAS-E California Series is a new all-electric 4x4.

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Earlier this year, a luxury 4x4 retailer in Austin, Texas showed off the Twisted NA-V8, a vehicle based on a classic Defender that comes in five different body styles. Now a limited run of 30 Twisted NAS-E all-electric 4x4 is bowing.

The NAS-E is born of the classic Land Rover Defender 90 body with a soft top and features an electric powertrain, a luxurious interior, and impressive off-roading capability. Each model is compliant with all North American EV Regulations and California CARB regulations.

Twisted NAS-E and NAS-E Plus

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"As the world moves steadily toward mass electrification, the Californian market has been missing a uniquely stylish electric 4x4 option that can stand out at the beach, off-road and at stoplights with a level of exclusivity and prestige that can only come from the timeless British Defender form," said Bruce Riggs, COO, Twisted North America. "With color schemes reflecting the natural beauty of California, a removable soft top shape to fully live the elements, advanced electric powertrain engineering exclusive to Twisted, zero-emission power, practical battery range and luxuriously modern interior touches, the Twisted NAS-E is the ultimate expression of the American coastal lifestyle."

The model is the first hero vehicle of the Twisted Legacy collection. It will be sold in two trim levels: NAS-E and NAS-E Plus. The difference mainly comes down to the power allocation. The NAS-E will be powered by a Remy Borg-Warner motor delivering more than 280 pound-feet of torque and 214 brake horsepower. The NAS-E Plus sees its output upped to 309 pound-feet of torque and 320 brake horsepower.

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Twisted says that the model has a 200-mile range from its 60 kilowatt-hour battery pack.

The SUVs have custom-valved dampers, six-piston front brakes, four-piston rear brakes, hard-use RS29 brake pads, and a traction control system. Four-wheel drive is standard. There are Sport, Eco, and Off-Road drive modes.

The model will be offered in three color options: Malibu, Yosemite, and Tahoe. They will make up the California Series of the models, a limited time 30-vehicle offering.

Twisted NAS-E Tahoe Photo courtesy of Twisted

The NAS-E comes with a good list of features: cream leather seats featuring Alston Alcantara inserts, a three-seat bench across the front row with detachable headrests, 4x tip ups located in the load area, Twisted Sport Wheels finished in silver, a Twisted Stage One front end, NAS roll cage, Bimini hood, an infotainment system, EV management system touch screen, raptored 'spray down' unique flooring, eight-channel audio system, rearview camera with wideview angle, GPS tracker, immobilizer, and air conditioning.

The NAS-E Plus builds on that to include a NAS brush bar, NAS side steps, roll-bar spotlights, NAS-E body stripe decal, and black side sills.

Twisted offers the model with a comprehensive 24-month/20,000-mile warranty. Extensions are available.

Twisted NAS-E Malibu Photo courtesy of Twisted

The Twisted NAS-E starts at $185,000 while the NAS-E Plus comes in at $210,000. Each has a lead time of approximately nine months and requires a fully refundable deposit to reserve. Limited test drives will be available early October 2020.

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This image of a young child was considered so perverted by some that Audi decided to apologize for it.

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Audi has apologized for an advertisement that shows an image of a young girl eating a banana while she stands in front of an Audi RS 4 Avant.

The apology was issued after outcry from critics on Twitter who pointed to perceived numerous flaws in the ad from the overt sexualization of the child because of the banana involved to the potential danger the child was in because she was standing in front of a parked vehicle that can go up to 174 mph.

In the three-part apology, Audi stated, "We care for children. We hear you and let's get this straight: We care for children. The Audi RS 4 is a family car with more than thirty driver assistance systems including an emergency break system. That's why we showcased it with various family members for the campaign."
The statement continues, “We hoped we could convey these messages, showing that even for the weakest traffic participants it is possible to relaxingly lean on the RS technology. That was a mistake! Audi never intended to hurt anyone's feelings. We sincerely apologize for this insensitive image and ensure that it will not be used in future. We will also immediately examine internally, how this campaign has been created and if control mechanisms failed in this case.“
Some of Audi's Twitter followers said that, in their view, the criticism was likely unwarranted while others chose to concentrate on the fact that the model in the photo features a potent power plant. Others pointed out that they felt that the image was pro-pedophilia writing, in German, “I see a pedophile ad here. And child abuse. Disgusting and reprehensible.“

Though this is the first advertising slip up this year for the Audi brand, it's the second major ad folly for Volkswagen Group, Audi's parent company. In May, the company became embroiled in a controversy surrounding an advertisement that features a dark-skinned man being maneuvered around by the hands of a white woman. As the ad developed, the dark-skinned man ended up being flicked away from a yellow Volkswagen Golf, all while upbeat music played in the background.

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