The GP Ice Race is a race held annually in Zell am See, Austria. About 60 years ago, the Bugatti Type 51 was the first racing car of the French Hypercar brand to participate in this race. In 2022, a Bugatti Type 51 racing car and a Bugatti Baby II returned together to pay tribute to the legendary milestone of the past.
This race comes from the definition of “skijoring” which means driving a snowmobile. It was this mode of transport that transformed into motorsport that was first held in Zell am See, the home of the Porsche family, in the winter of 1937. This sport later inspired the World Cup. memorial race for Sir Ferdinand Porsche on 10 February 1952. In 1960, a Bugatti Type 35 opened the GP Ice Race along with two motorbikes, with a plane flying low over the starting line.
Drivers typically attend the historic weekend of competition from January 28–30, which features many impressive cars. This year’s impressive event called ICEolated took place at Flugplatz in Zell am See and did not include spectators due to COVID-19 restrictions. A special Bugatti Baby II was created by The Little Car Company, serving as the “safety car” for the event. The car is built based on the Bugatti Type 35 racing car – The racing car is known as the most successful Bugatti racing car of all time. This model is combined with a special order color called “Ice Spec”.
This car belongs to the Pur Sang version and is painted in the typical French Racing Blue color and has been modified and tweaked with some details to be able to operate smoothly in winter weather conditions. The car has studded tires, a limited-slip differential, a 1930s-inspired racing paint job with the GP Ice Race logo and hazard lights specifically for safety vehicles. Bugatti Baby II also has the number 35 on the body of the car to honor the Type 35 and the historical victories of this legendary racing car.
Bugatti Baby II currently has three versions: Base, Vitesse and Pur Sang. The most advanced version of the Pur Sang is equipped with the same powertrain as the Vitesse but the body is made of aluminum. Using the same traditional coachbuilding techniques as the original Bugatti Type 35, each aluminum body takes over two hundred hours for skilled craftsmen to build. Pur Sang was created to target collectors.
All versions of the Baby II are equipped with rear-wheel drive, limited-slip differential, high-performance hydraulic brakes and selectable driving modes. The base model comes with two modes: Novice limited to 20km/h and 1kW of power and Expert limited to 45km/h and 4kW. The Vitesse and Pur Sang versions include Novice and Expert driving modes and offer additional performance from an upgraded powertrain, unlocked with the legendary Bugatti Speed Key. This allows the car to have a power of up to 10kW and with a weight of only up to 230kg, the Vitesse & Pur Sang models can reach a maximum speed of up to 70 km/h. Depending on the driver’s weight, the car can accelerate from 0-96 km/h in just 6 seconds.
The original Bugatti Baby was born in 1926 when Ettore and his son Jean decided to build a miniature Type 35 for Ettore’s youngest son Roland as a gift for his fourth birthday. Ettore and Jean had originally only planned to produce one to give to Roland, but the response from customers visiting Molsheim was so positive that this interesting model went into production and was sold from 1927 to 1936. .
Compared to the original Baby version in the 1920s, this new version is designed to be up to 75% the size of the actual car, meaning it can be used comfortably by a 14-year-old child. roof, not as cramped as the original Baby with only 50% size compared to the real car.