It has a powerful drive system and superior maneuverability. Apparently.
Forget the F1-inspired hypercar and AMG GT Roadster. By far the biggest, most exciting news to come from Mercedes at the Paris Motor Show was that the automaker has launched a new, single-seater sports car designed specifically for “the world’s bravest test drivers”.
Who are these test drivers? Hardened auto industry engineers? Hotshot F1 drivers? Nope, they’re toddlers. Who can now tear around the living room on a Mercedes-AMG GT Bobby-Car.
Two versions are available, one in classic silver, the other in Solarbeam yellow. The silver car is modelled on the standard AMG GT and features detailed lights, silver inserts on the steering wheel, a red seat cushion, and “whisper” tyres on cross-spoke wheels which provide “outstanding grip” and “agile dynamics”.
The yellow car, meanwhile, is modelled on the AMG GT S and features a flat-bottomed steering wheel, black wheels and seat cushion, a detailed instrument cluster, and LED headlights with daytime running lights and low-beam functions.
The Bobby-Car first went on sale in 1972, made by German toy manufacturer BIG. More than 100 variations have been made over the years, many in collaboration with automakers. For Mercedes alone it has produced all three generations of SLK and the SLS AMG. A total of 17 million Bobby-Cars have been sold.
There’s even a dedicated Bobby-Car race series which has been running since the 1990s, and a speed record which stands at an unbelievable 71 miles per hour (115 kilometers per hour).
The AMG GT Bobby-Car is on sale now in toy stores and Mercedes dealers. It’s suitable for kids aged 18 months and up. Assembly is required, but at least that means you can put the stickers wherever you want. A special edition version paying tribute to the German national football team and raising money for children's charities is also available, but be quick as only 1000 are being made.