Souped-up Power Wheels roar down the race track

Armed with $500 budgets, makers modify and race vehicles like Barbie Hummers and Dora the Explorer Jeep Wranglers for speed and endurance.

Power Racing Series competitor
Capture the checkered flag! Power Racing Series

Move over, NASCAR. We've got a racing series that combines speed, ingenuity, and large adults on itty-bitty vehicles.

Welcome to the Power Racing Series, where makers modify Power Wheels and Little Tikes cars for a series of races that includes a road course, drag race, and endurance race. These lean, mean toy racing machines can reach harrowing 20 mph speeds.

Barbie Power Wheels
This looks like a badass racing machine to me. Fisher-Price

Teams are allowed a $500 budget to modify a car. Change the battery, swap out the motor, put on some tougher tires, and shore up the suspension to handle your adult heft.

Personally, I would start with the $400 Power Wheels Barbie Cadillac Escalade Custom Edition. Pretty in pink!

Receipts are required to prove that a car is within the budget. Violate the rules and your vehicle will be forfeited to the Power Racing Series officials for the non-negotiable price of $100.

Safety equipment doesn't fall into the budget restrictions, so you can spend as much as you want on brakes, helmets, and air bags--if you can figure out how to fit them into the miniscule dashboard on your Dora the Explorer Jeep Wrangler.

The Power Racing Series has just launched a Kickstarter project aimed at expanding the series for 2012. The fund-raising goal amount of $20,000, if reached, will go to developing a new timing and scoring system, adding new races, buying more safety equipment, and inventing new event obstacles.

T-shirts, stickers, and sponsorships are on the reward list for the Kickstarter project. A $1,500 donation will get driver Karen Corbeill to dress up like Dale Earnhardt, complete with mustache and racing suit, for the entire series. Someone out there, please pledge $1,500 so we can see this.

Check out this exciting high-speed racing action complete with an electrical fire from the 2011 Maker Faire:

 

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