How to drive a bumper car on the street | Video

https://www.youtube.com/embed/Z5VPbiR3kYs

What does it take to get the most attention at the Tire Rack SCCA Solo Nationals?

Turns out all you need is a bumper car, a mobility scooter and a little DIY engineering to create possibly the coolest pit vehicle in existence.

Presented by CRC Industries.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/8/22 3:10 p.m.

Dang. 

MiniDave
MiniDave Reader
9/8/22 6:56 p.m.

Yep! Love it!

GIRTHQUAKE
GIRTHQUAKE SuperDork
9/9/22 10:45 a.m.

Dang ole' Dang.

I wanna make a lithium battery for it. TBH a single- maybe dual!- Tesla batteries are similar voltage and could slot where the lead acids are, would probably triple his range and make it even faster.

Probably not a good idea, but it seems that "What the hell?" is the best way to live life anyway.

KyAllroad
KyAllroad MegaDork
9/11/22 3:15 p.m.

It's just as silly to drive as it looks.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/14/22 11:54 a.m.

In reply to KyAllroad :

Seriously, why not these for urban environments? Big bumpers, easy to park and no exhaust fumes. Plus they're convertibles so you'll have fun driving to work. 

Racnacr
Racnacr
9/25/22 11:23 p.m.

It's mine and I'm definitely affiliated. Super stoked that it got such a great response at Nationals! Putting together a build thread was suggested, and i think that's on my to do list.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/26/22 12:02 p.m.

In reply to Racnacr :

It's totally awesome. Love the idea, the execution, the patina. Thank you for give JG the full tour. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/26/22 12:08 p.m.

And a thought: Regarding the "legal" usage of this vehicle, does it just count as a mobility scooter? Like, could you drive it up and down the aisles at  Walmart? 

racerfink
racerfink UberDork
9/26/22 5:12 p.m.
Racnacr
Racnacr New Reader
9/26/22 11:24 p.m.

Thanks! I suppose it could still be technically considered a mobility scooter for personal use. It is a bit wide for most doorways, and it does weigh a little over 500lbs so there is that to consider.

Racnacr
Racnacr New Reader
9/26/22 11:28 p.m.

Actually that was one of the conversations I had to have most when letting people drive it in Lincoln. Lots of folks wanted to 'bump' something. With 508lbs plus driver, electric motor torque and rubber on concrete grip, you really don't want to bump anything you actually like.  I'm pretty sure this thing will pull a car. Hmmmm, another video coming soon I suppose. 

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