5-Year-Old Girl Drives First Standing Half-Mile in Her Power Wheels Corvette

5-Year-Old Girl Drives First Standing Half-Mile in Her Power Wheels Corvette 1 photo
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Last time we checked, Formula One drivers starting karting at the young age of 8 or 9 was considered something to talk about, but we haven't heard of such a practice being used in the drag racing world.
Well, that's because we hadn't come across the little girl in the footage at the bottom of the page. Meet Lila Kalis, the 5-year-old who has recently enjoyed her first standing start half-mile drive.

Wearing her pink fireproof clothing, Lila didn't seem to think driving onto an airfield that sees cars hitting triple-digit speeds in similar runs was all that important.

In fact, we're pretty sure that completing the run in her Power Wheels Corvette was a piece of cake for the little driver and you'll be able to draw your own conclusions after watching the clip below.

Adults did take things a bit more seriously, measuring the trap speed of the electric vehicle, which managed to climb to 18.3 mph (make that 30 km/h). That's probably a record for the Coalinga airfield in California and the drag racing world altogether, but moments like this are all about enjoyment, not Guinness World Record officials recording stuff.

Children reaching the realm of racing at stunningly tender ages has become a trend nowadays

Lila's drag racing adventure is the latest manifestation of a trend that has brought us all sorts of unbelievable children-and-cars moments. For instance, it's hard to unsee last week's three-year-old BMW driver from Iraq, with the little boy pulling donuts in his father's 5 Series beater.

Unlike the story we have here, the shenanigan mentioned above was extremely unsafe, but we can't say that about the toddler who keeps getting drifting shotgun rides in his father's car.

While we tip our helmets to parents who give their little ones the opportunity to enjoy driving thrills so early, we hope the line between enjoying quality family time and parenting fail doesn't get crossed (again).

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