Car Culture

Now your children can drive a Tesla, too

Radio Flyer's mini Model S packs a lithium ion battery and a frunk, just like the real thing.

Sadly, there is no "Ludicrous Mode" option for this car. It's a child's toy, after all.

Radio Flyer screenshot by Andrew Krok/CNET

Do you want to get your kids excited for electric vehicles at an early age? There's no better way to do it than by buying them their own Tesla Model S. Well, it's actually a miniature one, but it's admirably close to the real deal.

Radio Flyer's Tesla Model S for Kids is a pretty honest re-creation of the full-size electric sedan. The design is spot on, even down to interior pieces. There's a frunk (that's a front trunk), working headlights and even an audio system.

"This baby Model S really is quite fun," Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted last week. Radio Flyer created the Tesla Model S for Kids in collaboration with Musk's company.

Parents can choose between two different battery sizes, three exterior paint colors and two wheel colors. You can even drop an extra $15 for a custom license plate.

Kids can easily switch between a top speed of 6 mph (9.6 kph) or a parent mode that limits speed to 3 mph (4.8 kph) with the flip of a switch located in the trunk. Sadly, there's no "ludicrous mode" like the one available with the adult-sized Tesla.

As with a real Tesla, you can head to Radio Flyer's site and build a personalized model for preorder. The website even looks very similar to Tesla's own configurator, which is a cute touch. Thankfully, with a starting price of $499 (which converts to around £350 or AU$700), it's significantly cheaper than the real thing.

But those who can't afford an adult-size Tesla shouldn't get any ideas. The car supposedly can only handle drivers who are 81 pounds (37 kilograms) or lighter.