This Modified Barbie Power Wheels Drifts Like It Belongs In ‘Fast and Furious’
This is what happens when you put an engine in a Barbie jeep.
Too often, the internet gets a bad rap. Sure, it might feel like the world wide web is mostly populated by obnoxious trolls peddling fake news, but it also allows us to see some really cool shit ⏤ like what happens when two dudes put a gas-powered engine from a log splitter into a Power Wheels Barbie Jeep. Unsurprisingly, the resulting video is incredibly badass and looks like something out of a Fast and Furious sequel.
Dustin Sloan and Trenton Charlson, two engineering students at Georgia Tech, are the masterminds behind this brilliant contraption. To make the transformation possible, they had to figure out a way to fit a gas engine, a steering wheel, a metal frame, and brakes into the pink plastic shell of a standard Power Wheels Barbie Jeep. Fortunately, their hard work paid off. Typically, a Power Wheels Barbie Jeep hits a top speed of 2.5-miles per hour, slightly slower than the pace of a casual evening stroll. But with the new modifications, the souped-up Wrangler could cruise at a solid 30 mph.
“We like the idea of taking children’s toys and upgrading them with a more powerful means of propulsion,” said Sloan.
The new-and-improved Power Wheels had so much additional power, in fact, that Sloan and Charlson were even able to get the toy car to drift. Check it out above.