It may be a little early, but we’re already nominating Ernesto Freitas for dad of the year. Why? Because he built his son this amazing Shelby Cobra toy car with 7 horsepower and a 25-mph top speed.
According to Carscoops, this independent Portuguese engineer and designer has been working on kit cars and other interesting builds for a number of years. But Ernesto admits that it was one of his favorite projects to work on:
“It was a time consuming but very rewarding process, giving me much pleasure and experiences that no other project could allow.”
Built from the ground-up, the car consists of a tubular chassis, independent suspension, rear-wheel drive and the aforementioned 7 horsepower 50cc gas engine, with a top speed of 25 mph. And the body — it’s hand-crafted completely from fiberglass and finished off with Cobra racing stripes.
In total, the project took Ernesto over 1,600 hours to complete. And while at first it may have just been a fun side project, he’s looking to capitalize on the one-of-a-kind toy car with production possibilities:
“I’m in a plan to develop a ‘production’ version of this ‘toy’…prices would be in the range of €16,000 (approx. $21,000) for a turn-key car, but will also provide kits in several stages of assembling.”
It’s cool to be sure, though for $21K, we might buy ourselves some sort of used sportscar beater. But we’re selfish like that.