Midwestern Hackerspaces get makers together to modify kids' Power Wheels to encourage the public to become makers themselves.
So what is The Power Racing Series?
In July 2009, a group of hackerspace members from PS: One in Chicago, IL stumbled across a children's Power Wheels in a state of disrepair. With a little bit of TLC and a good dose of tinkering, the machine was up and running again in no time, and became the cause for much amusement as we drove it around the block for days, and then weeks. Then we made it faster. Then we made it better. Then we made a few more. Thus, the 'Pow-Pow' Power Racing Series was born.
From that fateful day, Power Racing has taken a life of its own. Teams from across the country prep their modified cars for drag races, crazy road courses and menacing endurance runs designed to bring out the engineer in everyone. Teams are restricted to a $500 budget (aside from safety equipment, of course). The Power Racing Series has since run a circuit through Maker Faire Detroit and Kansas City Maker Faire and includes teams from Sector 67, i3 Detroit, Omni Corp Detroit, Milwaukee Makerspace, CCCKC, and of course, PS: One.
We've got big goals.
We want the public to see the wonders of hackerspaces, to witness them share tools and resources. We want to use these tiny cars to promote the idea that making is for everyone: child, parent, and grandparent, and hackerspaces are the welcoming environment to support it. Motors and controllers are just as accessible as the downhill speedster of yesteryear.
We are the Soapbox Derby of the 21st Century.
We need your help.
Due to the growing size of the series, we are in need of funds to continue spreading the epic proportions that are Power Racing Series. We want to launch more events, thus allowing for more participation from hackerspaces nationwide. We hope to continue to follow the Make circuit to more mini maker faires, and hopefully to Maker Faire San Mateo or Maker Faire New York in the upcoming season. We also would like to allocate funds to renting a more comprehensive timing system or financially supporting a community-built solution.
Your donations to this project go towards the following:
- renting or developing a timing and scoring system for the series
- introducing new races to the calendar
- affording more safety equipment for the drivers
- affording increased travel and lodging expenses for our racers
- inventing and build exciting new event obstacles
Join the party!
We want to make the 2012 season amazing, with the full support of the community. We've come together to offer some really fantastic gifts to our supporters. Our goal is to reach out to the public at large and advocate the wonders of making to everyone. We hope that this event will continue to show the public what hackerspaces are and what they are capable of doing. We at PPPRS believe in the maker movement and promoting DIY self-reliance. We show our dedication by racing kids cars.
Join us in bringing the Power Racing Series to your community!
The PPPRS team.
The Epic Rewards.
Without our supporters, we wouldn't have come as far as we did. So we decided we needed some really amazing rewards. We put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into these rewards, and we hope they will entice you!
$15. The Stickers of Awesome (5 pack).
$35. One slick t-shirt.
$75. Your high school yearbook wishes it was this cool.
$100 The Pink Trike forever immortalized in a Makerbot 3D model.
(These are the images used to create the 3D model)
$150. Stick your mug on a Power Wheel.
$250. Get your name plastered on the track.**
$700. You want to associate with the winners? We get that. Get your name on a trophy, along with all the above goodies.
$500. The VIP Pit Pack. Come hang out behind the scenes and see what goes into PPRS.
$1000 Feeling bold? Feeling pink? Tired of running out there solo? Give the Pink Barbie Trike a go in an actual race.
$1500. What goes better than ladies and kids Power Wheels? We think ladies dressed up as NASCAR Legend Dale Earnhardt on Black #3 Power Wheels.
$2000 None of these cars good enough for you? That's cool. How about we build you a car and field your very own team?
$5000. Welcome to the big leagues. You get your name all over us, and we will adore you eternally.
Every donation above $350 gets the t-shirt, the 3D Trike, the Yearbook and the Stickers!
* Power Racing Series is a sport like (and unlike) any other. We can promise that the cars and the drivers will try their very best. Sometimes they win. Sometimes they don't. And all must follow the guidelines put forth in the racing guide, available here.
**Keep in mind that the banner is for ALL backers. The tier is limited to 25, for the number of backers permitted on the banner. Your name will be roughly the size of the "Name" in the image.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.