Illinois man mods child's Power Wheels car to reach 40 mph

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   Dec. 8, 2016 at 4:36 PM

MCHENRY, Ill., Dec. 8 (UPI) -- An amateur mechanic in Illinois modified a child's Power Wheels toy car to run on a real engine and reach speeds of 40 mph.

Kyle Kuta shared a video showing how he took a Power Wheels vehicle based on the Cadillac Escalade and replaced the 12-volt electric engine with a 5 horsepower 160cc Honda engine.

The video shows Kuta take his souped-up toy car for a test drive, reaching speeds of 40 mph.

"This is what you get when you cram a 5 horsepower 160cc Honda engine into a plastic Escalade made for a kid: an unstable 40 MPH death trap. The frame is made out of Unistrut, the wheels were meant for a wheel barrel, and the rest of it is just junk we had laying around the garage," he wrote.

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