Bugatti returns to GP Ice Race more than 60 years after his first appearance

Bugatti returns to GP Ice Race more than 60 years after his first appearance


62 years after the appearance of Bugatti for the first time on the ice, the prestigious French brand will once again take part in the Austrian GP Ice Race with the Bugatti Type 51 and Bugatti Baby II.

The Bugatti Type 51 and Bugatti Baby II, according to Type 35, were the first Bugattis since 1960 to compete in the Austrian Ice Race, and accompany the 50m photo frame, during this annual event in Zell am See.

Born in “skijoring”, which means “skiing”, this mode of transport that became a sport was born in Zell am See, the birthplace of the Porsche family, during the winter of 1937. The sport then inspired a race memorial. first for Professor Ferdinand Porsche which took place on February 10, 1952. In 1960, Type 35 launched the GP ice race with two motorcycles and with a plane flying down over the starting line.

From January 28-30, race enthusiasts came to witness this historic weekend of the race and to watch all the competitors drive a modern and regular circular car, as well as famous cars.

This year, an adrenaline-filled event, dubbed ICEolated, took place on Flugplatz in Zell am See and without spectators, thanks to COVID-19 barriers. In previous editions, more than 10,000 enthusiastic spectators flocked to the course to celebrate this unique race.

Bugatti Baby II, “Ice Spec” safety car.

Created by The Little Car Company, Bugatti Baby II was used as a “safety car” for the occasion, despite its small size. According to the Bugatti Type 35, the most popular race car and considered to be the best of all time, appeared in a specially ordered version of the “Ice Spec”. The Pur Sang style was painted blue for the French race and adapted to adapt to winter conditions with perfect safety. The car was fitted with stretch tires, a slippery slope, an impressive 1930s race with the GP Ice Race logo and dangerous car lights. The Bugatti Baby II also featured number 35 on its body as a tribute to Type 35 and its historic victory. The vehicle was driving on the road before the start of the Ice Race.

The Bugatti Baby II is available in three versions: Base, Vitesse and Pur Sang. Focusing on collectors, the Pur Sang version offers strength training similar to Vitesse, but with a better hand-made aluminum body. Using traditional bodybuilding techniques such as the original Bugatti Type 35, each aluminum container takes more than 200 hours of skill to manufacture.

Offered using only the rear wheels, all versions of the Baby II have an all-powerful electric train, high-performance hydraulic brakes and optional steering modes. The basic model offers two modes: Novice, limited to 20 km / h with power of 1 kW (1.3 hp), and Expert, limited to 45 km / h and power of 4 kW (5.4 ch).

The Vitesse and Pur Sang designs include the Novice and Professional driving modes, but also offer additional functionality thanks to the improved power, unlocked key, the famous Bugatti Speed ​​Key. It allows drivers to develop up to 10 kW (13.4 hp) and, with a total weight of only 230 kg, reaching a top speed of 70 km / h. Depending on the driver’s weight, 0 to 60 km / h is achieved in just six seconds.