Who are the world’s bravest test drivers? They may be those testing high-speed racing prototypes on a circuit. Or they may be those assessing the agility of test cars on high-speed corners deep in the mountains.
But for German premium carmaker Mercedes-Benz, the bravest test drivers in the world don’t even have a driving license. In fact, they are more than a decade away from the age when they could get their driving license.
The world’s bravest test drivers are toddlers, and Mercedes-Benz got the perfect test car for them, recently unveiled at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. For Mercedes-Benz, a small child is never too young is experience a bit of luxury and sportiness. The brand proved this point literally by introducing the new Mercedes-AMG GT Bobby-Car -- a new, single-seater sports car designed particularly for small kids.
The first Bobby-Car was launched in 1972, produced by German toy maker BIG. By forging several partnerships with carmakers, BIG has produced over 100 versions over the years. Its collaboration with Mercedes alone has led to the creation of three generations of SLK and the SLS AMG Bobby-Cars. To date, around 17 million Bobby-Cars have been the first cars of the world’s bravest test drivers.
Now, Mercedes is offering two versions of the new Mercedes-AMG GT Bobby-Car, both boasting of a “powerful drive system” and “superb maneuverability” – well at least enough for toddlers to move around the living room or around the lawn.
The classic silver version of the new Mercedes-AMG GT Bobby-Car is modeled after the standard Mercedes-AMG GT. It is specified with detailed lights and cross-spoke wheels wrapped in “whisper” tires that allow for “outstanding grip” and “agile dynamics.” The silver Mercedes-AMG GT Bobby-Car also features a red seat cushion and silver inserts on the steering wheel.
On the other hand, the Mercedes-AMG GT Bobby-Car is also available in a Solarbeam yellow version that is modeled after the sporty Mercedes-AMG GT S. This version features black wheels and LED headlights with daytime running lights and low-beam functions. It also features a detailed instrument cluster, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and a black seat cushion.
Also available is a special edition version that pays tribute to the German national football team while raising money for children's charities. As a special edition, only 1,000 units are available.
The new Mercedes-AMG GT Bobby-Car is suitable for children 18 months and above and can be availed at select toy retailers and Mercedes dealers. While assembly is required, this allows the stickers to be placed anywhere the kid prefers.