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Introducing the world’s first car for 5-10 year olds!        Back

FireflyHave you got a small child whose already desperate to get behind the wheel  of a car? Today, the world’s first electric car specially developed for five to ten year olds is released – its called the Firefly!

Designed, engineered and manufactured in the UK, the Firefly is the product of Young Driver Motor Cars Limited, a division of Young Driver, the UK’s largest provider of pre-17 driving lessons.

While Young Driver already offers lessons for kids between the ages of 10 – 17, it has been evident for some time that there is currently no car suitable for those children under the age of 10 who are still keen to become budding young motorists.

Searches have long since revealed there are only ‘toys’ available, typically for under fives, for smaller children to drive, and therefore a gap Firefly1in the market for 5-10 year old drivers. That’s why Young Driver recruited a team of UK automotive experts with the mission to design and manufacture a properly engineered small electric car.

The first two-seater Firefly cars were revealed in pre-production prototype form in April at the Gadget Show Live, when over 1,000 youngsters put the four prototypes through their paces. Since then, the company has continued to develop, test and refine Firefly, working with leading designers and tier one UK automotive suppliers to create the finished product which handles and drives like a full-sized car.

The technical specification of the Firefly is impressive and includes hydraulic disc brakes, rack and pinion steering, independent suspension, an electronic tablet based dashboard, not to mention an eye catching body styled by veteran car designer, Chris Johnson, who has over 30 years’ experience in automotive design working for manufacturers such as Rover, Jaguar, Ford and Volvo.

Firefly is powered by a state of the art electric drive train featuring twin electric motors enabling a top speed restricted to 10mph – but this is still significantly faster than other toy cars on the market.

The car can also be set to a Junior or Experienced mode. An innovative, optional safety system uses sensors to detect obstacles in time to bring the car to a halt when it is operating in the Junior mode, which also limits speed to 5mph.

Firefly3The Firefly also comes with a remote control switch which enables adults to stop the car from up to 120 metres away in the event of an emergency. In the Experienced mode, the automatic sensors and 5mph speed limit are deactivated in the, but the remote control is still operational.

The driver’s seat can be adjusted, allowing most youngsters aged from five to 10 to reach the pedals. Furthermore, an adult of up to 6ft can also drive! Or failing that, be a passenger within the vehicle.

Additional features of the new Firefly include:

  • Independent suspension
  • Top speed of 10 mph
  • Adjustable driver’s seat
  • Fixed passenger seat
  • Hydraulic disc brakes, accelerator and forward/reverse control
  • Indicators and side repeaters
  • LED headlights and tail lights
  • Twin electric motors with up to 9-hour continual operation capability
  • Twin 12v batteries with 240v charger
  • Tablet based instruments including speedometer, clock and power reserve indicator
  • Lockable Junior and Experienced mode options with Junior mode restricted to speed of 5mph
  • Unique and patented safety system that brings the car to a halt before collision (in reverse or forward drive) whilst in Junior mode
  • The ability to stop the car by remote control from 120 metres
  • CE certification in progress
  • Range of options and accessories including bespoke paint colours and combinations, individual badging and instruments, upholstered leather seats and steering wheel, wireless tyre pressure indicators and in-car audio
  • GRP or carbon fibre body

The creation of Firefly means that Young Driver can now offer lessons specifically developed for 5-10 year olds, and lessons will be availableFirefly2 at selected venues in the UK from Autumn. The price of a 20 minute lesson (inclusive of a 5 minute briefing period) will be £19.95.

The Firefly will also be available for purchase worldwide by members of the general public from 2017, although you’ll need to have plenty of cash spare as the price tag is tipped to be within the region of £5,750 + VAT!

For more information about Young Driver and Firefly visit www.youngdrivermotorcars.com or call 0333 577 0084.

Posted by Leana Kell on 07/09/2016