A Real Lightning McQueen Powerwheel

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In the spirit of Christmas, we thought we would re-run this story about a cool dad and one special present.

As Dad’s we want to give our kids everything and we are disappointed when their favorite toys wear out especially their favorite Lightning McQueeen racing car. What happens though when we are mechanically inclined Dad’s? Well … then, we simply tear it down and make it better, of course! Check out the video for one motorized, modified car that even goes off-road.

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The video says that “At the age of 2 Evan received his Lightning McQueen Powerwheel for Christmas of 2009. After three years of use he had worn through the plastic wheels. We decided to upgrade the oem plastic wheels to metal rims with rubber tires. From that point more modifications were added every few weeks.”

The Powerwheel now has:

  • Aluminum back half chassis
  • Dual sealed gel batteries with an output of 24 volts
  • 500 watt .66 horsepower electric motor
  • Disk brake
  • Throttle modulated variable speed control with reverse
  • Sparco battery cut off switch

We can’t say for sure, but we feel safe in saying that the makers of Powerwheels didn’t envision this modification. This is the car that should have been stock off the shelf. Unfortunately with the current child safety laws, it is obvious it isn’t. It is nice to see Evan wearing a helmet though.

What is the coolest toy you had growing up? Can it match this Powerwheel?

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  1. Mickey says:

    Great modifications done to the little car. Yes wearing a helmet is a must. To ride that in the streets isn’t. He has no 6 foot flag pole with flag to warn drivers of a real motorvehicle that he’s there. A terrible safety risk driving it on open streets. Driving it on that dirt track was perfect. You got to remember on an open road the speeds could be at 25mph+. Go carts are required to have that flag so you can see them.

    • Jason (Admin) says:

      Good call…when I saw the kid driving on the street I was thinking “not a lot of margin for error.”

      Still, that is an awesome little project. This guy needs to sell a kit and instructions.

  2. lokmeup says:

    ITEM # 190715297572

    • Jason (Admin) says:

      $2,000 and no bidders…you should submit it to BringATrailer.com. You might get some bites.

  3. mk says:

    nice mods, but doesn’t belong on any public road period.

    Same can be said for motorized gas scooters. In most cities, they are banned also.

  4. mk says:

    I wouldn’t spend 2K on a used small electric vehicle like that. Mine was a hot wheels 3 wheeler you pedal and wore off several sets of tires on those as a kid riding in the street but lived in a small town with hardly any traffic. About 6 years ago my then 6 year old I bought new for 1800 a 90cc can am atv brand new. He drove that about 1500 miles all over the place mostly public atv trails top speed about 33 mph and he could keep up at age 7 with the adults for the most part all the time flooring it. Sold it last spring for 1500 bucks so for 300 bucks got our money’s worth out of it.

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