Power Wheels racing competition at Maker Faire Detroit

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Power Wheels racing competition at Maker Faire Detroit

Are you part of a hackerspace or other like-minded organization? Want to compete in a bone-jarring, tire-shredding race in a souped-up Power Wheels car? Yeah, we know you do, and you are in luck! The first announced event in a larger Hackathalon, Pumping Station One is holding the Power Racing Series at Maker Faire Detroit. So get signed up, find an old power wheels toy car, and get hacking!

The Power Racing Series (PPPRS) is an event where Hacker/Whateverspaces turn those toys cars that everyone wanted but only stupid Brad from down the street only owned (even though everyone hated him), into highly competitive sort-of racing machines. Teams are allowed quite a few liberties (motors, batteries) but we also made a few restrictions so you masochistic engineers can pleasurably cry yourselves to sleep at night. You have $500 to do this with (aside from safety equipment, cause we don’t want to mop you up either). You also compete in four events, and you’ll have to do more than just drive fast (re: be entertaining) to win points. After all, it’s not like we want an actual race to break out. Oh and it is rather unsafe, so you’ll sign a waiver. You built it, so we knew you’d understand.

10 thoughts on “Power Wheels racing competition at Maker Faire Detroit

  1. Colecoman1982 says:

    Hey, I’m the team captain for Pumping Station: One’s team for this year and was in attendance for least year’s inaugural event. I can attest to the fact that this is an awesome/hilarious time for competitors and spectators. Last year was primarily about goofing around and just having a good time (most of the changes allowed were just cosmetic because of time constraints). This year there’s a lot more mods allowed for speed and performance. Come join us on the race track!

    1. Matt Mets says:

      It sounds like a lot of fun, I’m looking forward to it!

  2. kamilf says:

    Hey, I’m the guy that took the above picture and many more, and I too can attest to the awesomeness!

  3. craig says:

    Aw, my steel frame, rubber tire, Briggs & Stratton engine Power Wheels mods are not eligable. Too bad, they are way fast, way fun, way dangerous.

    1. Matt Mets says:

      Ha, maybe you can be the pace car?

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