Daddy, Can I have an Electric Corvette for Christmas?

As if shopping for your kids this Christmas wasn't trouble enough, Pratt &  Miller (the engineering team behind the AMLS Corvette program) introduced eco-friendly editions of their famed C6R and C6RS Chevrolet Corvettes. The new models might be tempting not only for your kids but also for the child in you, as they're smaller and lighter than the company's current race and street editions, living up to any green expectations.

The toy Corvettes manufactured by Ride makerz, a company that uses a Build-A-Bear process allowing kids to actually "build" model cars that they can play with after the construction is complete. As for the technical details, they are powered by either high-torque electric motors or the forearm muscles of the driver (of your own free choice).

The two new Corvettes, one featuring "Jake" the Corvette Racing mascot (the skull), can be built at Ride Makerz stores in only nine states. However, kids shouldn't be disappointed if their parents don't happen to live in one of the nine states because they can still drive their moms mad by racing the models in the living room after dad orders them online and assembles them at home.

Ride Makerz's CEO Founder Larry Andreini's enthusiasm at the debut of the new Corvettes at Pratt & Miller's race shop is almost contagious:"The new C6R and C6RS tap into American’s general love of cars and their particular passion for America's sports car, the Chevy Corvette. We're excited to make these models available so that kids, parents, and any car enthusiasts can all build and trick out their ultimate model Corvette. Fathers and sons should especially be fired up about these Pratt & Miller Corvettes because of their racing record and awesome style. These cars are something they can build and enjoy together."

Ron Fellows, long-time Corvette race driver, participated at the event and give a helpful hand to the company to launch the products.

And since it's the season of giving and sharing, the event had also a charitable side for Detroit. Since the company has two stores in Detroit, Ride Makerz contributed $2,500 to Mitch Albom's charity, The Dream Fund at the College of Creative Studies. (For those who don't know, Albom is a Detroit-based, nationally syndicated radio talk show host and sports reporter.) Additional funds were donated based on the sales of model cars at the company's two Detroit stores. So much charity, how do they afford it?...
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