Team challenge: Modify to oblivion an existing ride-on electric toy of the Power Wheels persuasion, on a budget of no more than $500. Then compete in a series of races, while making a rowdy crowd-pleasing spectacle and trying not to catch on fire. It might just be the most fun you’ve ever had. Wanna race? We caught up with event organizer Jim Burke to get the skinny on the (maker) world-famous Power Racing Series.
MAKE Volume 33 features our special Software for Makers section covering apps for circuit board design, 3D design and printing, microcontrollers, and programming for kids. Also, meet our new Arduino-powered Rovera robot and get started with Raspberry Pi. As usual, you’ll also find fascinating makers inside, like the maniacs on our cover, the hackers behind the popular Power Racing Series events at Maker Faire.
Try your hand at 22 great DIY projects, like the Optical Tremolo guitar effects box, "Panjolele" cake-pan ukelele, Wii Nunchuk Mouse, CNC joinery tricks, treat-dispensing cat scratching post, laser-cut flexing wooden books, sake brewing, growing incredibly hot “ghost chili” peppers, and much more.