After that split-second semantics were removed, I dove into the change box on a crazy razor cart like a kid at Christmas. This is an electric car designed for off-roading, so you can live out your Tokyo drift fantasy without actually hitting the open road. Or lose your license.
Razor’s last crazy stroller had a handbrake you could press to reset the rear, but that was a bit of a hassle for kids who hadn’t yet hit double digits. That’s why Shift takes a different approach.
With a single freewheel on the front that you can spin in any direction for some serious sideways movement, the Shift is child’s play drifting in the truest sense of the word.
I run errands for the office parking lot every lunch hour after he leaves. So yeah, it’s a lot of fun.
Although the wheels look like a shopping cart, the Shift is much smarter than a regular cart.
However, the black and red color scheme helps spice things up. They’re all made from durable plastic so they can take a few hits, but aren’t too heavy to carry around when the batteries are dead.
Everything is very low to the ground, lowering the center of gravity to facilitate this exhilarating drift. Kids should have no problem finding one pedal while sitting in a chair with their right foot, but if you’re taller than 1.8m (like me) you’ll have to pull your knees up to your chest to get them into position. . .
The hard plastic seat was pretty brutal on my 28 year old back. This is partly because my test track is a bumpy concrete parking lot and it wasn’t so bad that I had to lie down on a pillow, but I definitely felt a bit of a beating while driving to lunch.
INSTEAD OF PEDALS
I’m no featherweight, so the scales are about 15 pounds more than the Razor’s recommended maximum of 54 pounds, but that didn’t slow down the transition at all.
Its top speed is 8 mph, which might not sound like much, but when your hips are mere inches off the ground and a simple movement of the steering wheel can throw you sideways, it feels pretty quick.
Switching from a chain motor to a Power Core core motor means you don’t have to worry about maintenance and all that power is delivered almost instantly. Even the pedal is very sensitive. A quick moment and you’ll be approaching top speed. It’s ace if you have the space.
With a full charge, you drive for about 40 minutes, during which time you shock, sweat. A shaken, sweaty mess with a big grin on his face, but still.
All the power of the electric motor is directed to the free-wheeling front end, but the rear wheels make no effort to keep you in line.
Basically, this means that when you come back, you start floating with little or no effort. Keep your speed up and turn a little harder and you’ll be sideways in seconds.
It’s a lot easier (and safer!) than trying to do the same thing in a real car, but if you’re not careful, you can create enough force to throw you out of your seat. You want your kids to get behind the wheel for the first time.