Above are examples of The Lightning

Build a real children's car with a motorised electric drive made from a cordless drill.

 

A LIFETIME OF FUN! THESE CARS CAN BE MAINTAINED INDEFINITELY THEY ARE HEIRLOOM TOYS THAT CAN BE PASSED DOWN FROM ONE GENERATION TO THE NEXT!


Q.HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE? 

 A. YOU BUILT IT, YOU CAN FIX IT! - because unlike shop bought toys all the parts are just nuts, bolts, hinges and brake cables available off - the - shelf at any good hardware store, and unlike the unreliable motors in shop bought toys, cordless drills are ultra reliable and can always be easily replaced.

                          Contact us for more information or to discuss parts requirements                                  

 # An old cordless drill will POWER THE CAR! Up to 6mph ....AMAZING !

 
 

 The battery operated drill, mudguards, plywood and plastic bodywork are easily sourced locally and the rest is available from Lightning Cars 

PARTS LIST

email  lightning.cars@btopenworld.com .

'Off the shelf 'parts available for convenience.

The Lightning, and how to make one.

What to buy and what to find for yourself.

 The Lightning is built from a set of plans and full size cutting templates available from Lightning Cars. 

The drill, battery, swing bin, sieves (for the mudguards) and the MDF (composite wood panels) are all supplied by the customer.


The plans for the Lightning are £20 inc UK p&p.   (Overseas £22)​                       Details below.


A 'Bargain offer’ Essential parts kit is available for £99 plus £12.95 UK p&p.   Also below.


All parts are kept in stock at all times ready for despatch.

Contact John (phone number 07581 117788‬) to discuss available extras etc. 

 Certain non-essential …but desirable …extras are also available , such as a working lights set, a pre-formed windscreen frame, and an Upholstery kit

(Overseas orders are quoted individually) ​

   All the mechanical components are simply nuts, bolts, hinges etc that can be  purchased from any good DIY store but a parts price list is also included so if there is anything you cannot source locally all the mechanical parts are available from us.  Depending on what parts you have already and whether you decide to use a second-hand cordless drill and wheels or buy new, you should be able to build the car for between £100 and £150

    You could choose to spend more because the price list includes everything you need such as, pre-drilled ‘ready to fit’ axles, plus extras such as , upholstery vinyl and foam for the seat, headlights and big round red rear reflectors, a steering wheel and our elegant spoked wheels so that customers who aren’t working on a tight budget, and don’t want to ‘shop around’ for all the parts can simply buy everything at once from us.

    The car is the right size to fit on the back seat of most cars so trips to the park can be embarked on. The drill trigger is operated remotely via bicycle brake cable and provides single pedal operation, progressive acceleration and automatic braking. The drill’s half speed switch will provide a low speed of 3mph for novice drivers, and on high speed you should expect around 6mph for a duration of around 40 mins. Spare power packs that come with most cordless drills, will extend the running time so you won’t get stuck half way round! The car will handle gradients and undulating surfaces including mown grass, without a problem 

 I hope you enjoy making this unique design of car and that the lucky child gets a lot of pleasure from driving it. 


How to Buy

There are various options described below depending on what you want to source yourself and what you want to buy from Lightning Cars

PayPal options below or contact John  (UK) 07581 117788 

buying options