Fisher-Price Power Wheels Smart Drive Mustang is the perfect gift for budding car fans

Article by Christian A., on December 1, 2016

The Yuletide season is just around the corner. Tagged as the time for giving and receiving, the Yuletide season usually brings joy and smile to small kids. Why not add a little bit of thrill? That’s a welcome proposition, and children’s cars could well take care of that.

For that reason, toymaker Fisher-Price has been making Power Wheels, small rides made especially for toddlers, preschoolers and even young grade-schoolers. Just recently, Ford and Fisher-Price teamed up to produce a Power Wheels version of the current sixth-generation Mustang but with a little bit of twist, allowing kids small kids to experience a more exciting and close-to-reality driving fun and enjoyment.

Called as the new Power Wheels Smart Drive Mustang, this could be considered as the most advanced Power Wheels so far. This is mainly because the Smart Drive Mustang has been designed and created using actual Ford design data. Based on the V8 trim of the Ford Mustang, the Power Wheels Smart Drive Mustang looks and feels like the real thing. That is not all though.

Designed to accommodate a kid-drive and a kid-passenger, this new Power Wheels is provided with a computer-controlled powertrain that could serve several functions – the Smart Drive. This system allows for improved performance, driving and safety. Thanks to integrated sensors, Smart Drive could control traction even when traversing on tough terrain.

It could also improve stability by shutting down the motor in case of a possible rollover. Power Wheels Smart Drive Mustang also features a launch control system that could speed up or slow down the motor in a gradual manner, which means that this kid’s drive doesn’t stop or accelerate suddenly to the point that its riders would fall off or swerve unexpectedly.

In addition, this Power Wheels Smart Drive Mustang features a 5-speed control with a backlit LED touchscreen – allowing parents or guardians to set the maximum forward speed between 1 mph and 5 mph! Maximum reverse speed is 2 mph. Furthermore, the Power Wheels Smart Drive Mustang is loaded with a safety brake system with Power-Lock brakes.

And there is more! The new Power Wheels Smart Drive Mustang offers a realistic and fun drive by sounding like the real thing. This new kiddy ride is installed with an amped premium sound system, loaded with real car sounds that synchs to its young driver’s piloting moves. However, the volume of this audio system could be adjusted accordingly, if parents or guardians deem the sound too loud. Furthermore, Power Wheels Smart Drive Mustang allows kids to listen to three 3 pre-loaded songs or their own music through the MP3 jack.

The Power Wheels Smart Drive Mustang will be available starting December either in pink or blue with an MSRP of $359.99.

Press Release

Ford, Fisher-Price Introduce Power Wheels Smart Drive Mustang – Most Advanced Power Wheels Ever

Ford and Fisher-Price® worked closely together to create the new Power Wheels® Smart Drive™ Mustang – a realistic and high-tech, fast and fun battery-operated ride-on toy. The officially licensed Smart Drive Mustang is designed to delight budding performance enthusiasts with original pony car-inspired looks and performance, and it’s packed with safety features sure to make parents happy, too.

Fisher-Price developed the scaled-down car, available in blue or pink, from real Ford design data. The result is an amazingly realistic Mustang – sized just for kids – that captures the spirit, style and high-tech features of the V8-powered Mustang GT their parents could drive.

“Mustang is one of our best-selling sports cars,” says Gary Collins, senior manager of design, Power Wheels. “For the Smart Drive Mustang, we wanted to amp up the realistic driving experience to make the feeling of getting behind the wheel even more thrilling for kids.”

The Smart Drive system is new for Power Wheels vehicles. At its core is the brand’s first computer-controlled powertrain, which opens up a world of features that make this Power Wheels Mustang a lot like the full-sized car:

• Traction control: The computer can monitor for wheel slip and adjust motor speeds to help keep the car going over wet grass or bumpy terrain

• Stability monitoring: A tilt sensor can detect when the car is reaching dangerous angles, turning off the motors to prevent rollovers

• Digital speed control and battery monitoring: A backlit LED touch interface can allow parents to easily control top speed, from 1 mph to 5 mph, and check battery charge level

• Slow start and stop: Instead of a simple on/off behavior, motors can now ramp speed up or down – for fast starts and short stopping distances

Perhaps most fun of all is the built-in sound system. It features engine sounds recorded from a real Mustang, which rise and fall with vehicle speed – just like a real car. An auxiliary input jack allows kids to play their own music on the biggest speaker ever installed in a Fisher-Price product.

Smart Drive Mustang is now on display at the Los Angeles International Auto Show. It will be available at retail in December for an MSRP of $359.99. Visit www.PowerWheels.com to find a retailer.

Topics: ford, ford mustang

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