The base car is not a Power Wheels toy, but it’s similar: it’s a Super Sport XXL, which is also marketed as a Super Car XL or a YSA-021 ride-on toy car. It initially came with a 24V 180W motor that James upgraded to a 48V 650W brushless one, has dual disc brakes on the rear, and a battery pack that keeps it going for 4 miles (6.4 km) or some 45 minutes of driving. The top speed is 22 mph (35.4 kph), which is definitely not a lot for a road-legal car, but it sure feels like it in this tiny thing that’s completely open to the elements and has no suspension.
The Porsche-resembling EV rides on pneumatic tires and has everything you need to be legal for the road in the UK: turning lights, brake lights, horn, and doors that open. It has an aluminum spoiler and a carbon fiber hood. It can hold two people, but it’s a very tight squeeze if you travel this way. It even has neon lights that pulsate and change color, and a stereo with an audio system, in case you want to block the sound of surrounding traffic.
That brings us to the second part of the headline: this tiny EV is terrifying precisely because it’s road legal. As Alex finds out, there’s something to be said about the creativity and the skill James put into the project: this tiny EV is amazing. But using it in traffic comes with major downsides, including breathing in fumes from other cars and causing congestion. The biggest would be that you wouldn’t want to be in this thing in a collision with a full-size vehicle.