Tuner dad turns son’s Lightning McQueen into real electric runner

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Tuner dad turns son’s Lightning McQueen into real electric runner

“Cars” may not be the most well-liked Pixar movie among adults, but it’s got a healthy following among the booster-seat set. So when Sean Burgess’ five-year-old son wore out his Lightning McQueen Powerwheel, Burgess did what any experienced car tuner would do: took it into his shop and gave it an upgrade into a mini electric race car.

Burgess, the co-owner of the FFTEC tuning shop in Union City, Calif., reworked the toy with the addition of race-quality parts, starting with a 0.66-hp, 500-watt electric motor, a disc brake and real steel-and-rubber wheels in place of the plastic originals. All of this tech bolts into an aluminum subframe, linked to a 24-volt pack of race-car batteries, that adds far more power but not so much as to make Lightning too dangerous for a preschooler.

Burgess’ son Evan can be seen below giving the home-tuned McQueen a full workout, including time on an oval track. Remember this one when the voting for cool dad of the year comes around.

Tuner dad turns son’s Lightning McQueen into real electric runner

Tuner dad turns son’s Lightning McQueen into real electric runner

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