What do you get when you cross a Shelby Roadster with a MINI Roadster and add a built-in racing game? Don’t worry, it’s not a Christmas cracker joke and, if you hadn’t guessed already, it looks something like the image above.

It may be a little pricey, but it’s certainly the ultimate Christmas gift for tiny petrol heads in the making – and no price is too expensive if there’s a chance it could help turn your little ones into budding Formula One drivers. Or, on anther note, it’ll ensure you get some peace and quiet when they climb behind the wheel after Christmas dinner.

The car enthusiasts of the family will be thrilled to see that this in-house Arcade simulator resembles the classic Shelby of the 1960s and the modern MINI of today. Mums will be happy to know that this particular car doesn’t run on petrol, but you may permanently lose a plug socket to keep it charged.

It may only be a single player setup, but the chassis sways as drivers lean into corners around the simulated race circuit and it does feature an accelerator pedal for the full effect – it’s not quite the same as the ones F1 stars practice in, but it’s certainly a close example of the little ones and it’s much more entertaining than playing average video games.

The car’s movements are replicated on the 19-inch LCD monitor, which is integrated into the roadster’s windscreen, alongside the elapsed time, score and speed. The fibreglass body is also equipped with working headlights and taillights, review mirrors, duel exhaust pipes and chrome wheel covers.

So, how much does it cost? Well, it’ll set you back a whopping $6,900 (£4,538). But if you've got the cash to spare, it's worth the money to see the huge smile on your little racer’s face.

Photo: Hammacher Schlemmer

Sophie Williamson Stothert


November 19, 2015

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