More about the Lightning

A basic explanation of the process. The how, why, and what it looks like.

 

THE AMAZING SWING BIN RACER!

WHY NOT MAKE YOUR CHILD’S DREAMS COME TRUE?                    

Build this amazing ‘Lightning’ electric racing car! 


Plans are £20 with free postage Average build cost £100 to £150


 SUITABLE FOR ANY CHILD OVER 18 MONTHS AND UNDER 5 YEARS.

 This car will out perform and outlast any shiny plastic shop bought product!

 And the best part is you can make one yourself using our plans and off-the-shelf parts.

* The plans. A very simple full size pattern sheet that you stick to plywood or MDF and cut out just 5 major shapes.

There are overwritten instructions showing you the outlines  to cut and where to drill holes for simple screw together construction

 You only need simple hand tools, an electric drill and a jig-saw.

 The body is made from a high gloss kitchen swing top bin!

The mudguards are cut from washing up bowls or plastic garden sieves.

 The car is driven by just about any old (or new) cordless drill.

 There is no welding or wiring. Just simple nut and bolt construction plus 2 bike brake cables to work the accelerator and the steering

 The accompanying fully illustrated build manual has drawings and full colour photographs of each stage of construction.

Once the 5 panels are assembled you can add the wooden axle blocks and construct the stub axles and steering assembly from simple nuts, bolts and threaded bar.

 A full list of parts needed is included.

You can choose to buy these parts locally or cheaply from our comprehensive parts price list

 The Lightning is driven by a cordless drill  located under the seat.

 Hundreds of these cars have been home built since 2010

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 The drill  (preferably 2 speed)  is held in place with a securing strap and 2 bolts.

SIMPLE  SINGLE PEDAL OPERATION

A flap like accelerator pedal uses a bicycle brake cable to operate the drill trigger remotely to give progressive acceleration. There is no separate brake pedal. When power is removed the car stops automatically.

2 SPEED GEARBOX

With a top speed of around 6 mph, the lower gear setting provides a limited speed of around 3 mph for ‘learner drivers’

DURATION

The car will easily traverse undulating terrain on mown (Parkland) grass or hard services, will handle considerable inclines and has a duration of around 40 minutes continuous use.

  The running time is easily extended by carrying a spare charged battery pack in the ‘boot’

TRANSPORTATION

The finished car is around 4 feet long, is light enough to pick up and can easily fit in the boot or on the rear seat of most saloon cars.

FEATURES

 *The car can be fitted with working headlights ‘Stick and Click’ lights 

  We can supply large diameter chrome rimmed red reflectors in the style of vintage rear lights.

The plans set including the full size paper pattern and build manual costs just £20 post free.

This comes with all the information you need to complete the car.

BELOW ARE VIDEOS OF CUSTOMER BUILT CARS IN ACTION;

Better than shop-bought

Because you make this yourself, you will have a better understanding of the functions, and  will be able to modify, repair and maintain it. Not generally possible with manufactured finished products.


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