Ever since I was a kid, I always wanted one of those Power Wheels ride-on cars for kids. You know the ones I’m talking about…
— 3DVision Tech (@3DVisionTech) July 25, 2016
I never did get one, and it’s not something I had even thought about until I discovered the incredible sport of EXTREME BARBIE JEEP RACING and decided that I might like to give that a try some day. You All you really need is an old and busted Power Wheels vehicle of some sort. Because of that, just about all of the vehicles used in these races have more or less outlived their usefulness. It could be for one of a couple reasons: The battery no longer holds a charge, or perhaps the electric motor has burnt out.
If your kids have one of these to ride around on and it doesn’t quite work the way it used to, you could certainly just toss it or convert it into an extreme downhill racer… Or you could give it new life like this dad did by fitting it with an electric motor with, as Tim “The Toolman” Taylor would say, MORE POWER.
This dad discovered that his daughter’s pink Power Wheels MINI wasn’t all that fun to drive. She had complained that her brother’s quad was faster, and therefore more fun… So something had to be done.
His solution is actually pretty clever: steal a brushless DC motor from a remote control car and put it in place of the Power Wheels’ less powerful motor. The results are pretty great:
After he made his little tweak, that thing looks FAR more fun to drive, although it’s also much harder to control. Those hard plastic “tires” don’t really provide much grip, you know. What also must be weird for the kids to wrap their heads around is the fact that they can no longer control the acceleration or braking of the car – since the motor came from an R/C car, it has to be controlled from that same controller. It also doesn’t look like the kids’ efforts to steer the thing are doing too much to help.
It almost seems as if dad is having more fun than the kids throughout the video, but as you can see at the very end, his daughter is very happy with her newly-upgraded car.
And when she and her brother have both outgrown it, dad’s got a new toy for some extreme downhill crashing!
Who am I kidding? Something tells me Brits wouldn’t be quite as into that as folks in the Southern United States are… Just sayin’.