Are you ready to put your hacking and modding skills to the test? Team challenge: Mod to oblivion an existing ride-on electric toy of the Power Wheels persuasion, on a budget of no more than $500 (not counting the original vehicle itself and safety equipment). Then compete in the Power Racing Series, while making a rowdy crowd-pleasing spectacle and trying not to catch on fire. You get to flex your engineering prowess and creativity while making people happy. What’s not to love? The cherry on the sundae: the season opener is at Maker Faire Bay Area, May 18 and 19 in San Mateo, Calif.
Ready to enter? Head to the PPPRS site, read the rules, fill out the form, and check out the teams page to see profiles of previous teams and scope your competition by seeing the 2013 team lineup to date. Add your team to the growing roster.
Check out the Season 5 Power Racing Series trailer and get amped:
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We feature a full profile of PPPRS in MAKE Volume 33. Read an interview with event organizer Jim Burke, check out notable vehicle images and stats from previous years, scope the PPPRS timeline, and glean hilarious wisdom from the rule book. Here are a few pics from seasons past. Can you feel the fun?
MAKE Volume 33: Software for Makers
In our special Codebox section you’ll learn about software of interest to makers, including circuit board design, 3D CAD and printing, microcontrollers, and programming for kids. And you’ll meet fascinating makers, like the maniacs behind the popular Power Wheels Racing events at Maker Faire. You’ll get 22 great DIY projects like the Optical Tremolo guitar effect, “Panjolele” cake-pan ukelele, Wii Nunchuk Mouse, CNC joinery tricks, treat-dispensing cat scratching post, brewing sake, and more.