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The Kids' Sports Car That Helicopter Parents Will Love

This $600 electric go-kart sounds like a Ferrari.
The Arrow Smart-Kart allows children to drive up to 12 miles per hour (and it allows parents to hit the brakes).

The Arrow Smart-Kart allows children to drive up to 12 miles per hour (and it allows parents to hit the brakes).

Source: Actev

With a custom body kit, Formula One-esque steering wheel, and sleek red paint job, Arrow is the sports car of your dreams. But it's 23.5 inches tall, and you can’t fit in it. (Neither can I, but not for lack of trying.) Isaac Pierce, an elementary school student, slides right in, adjusting the pedals on the customizable electric go-kart to fit his 9-year-old frame. He puts on his helmet and quickly reaches top speed: 12 miles per hour.

Starting at $599.95, the Arrow Smart-Kart, designed by Actev Motors, gathered a regular audience at last week’s New York Toy Fair, where Isaac showed herds of jealous adults how to get the race car and drift. His dad, Mike Pierce, the company’s vice president of operations, then demonstrated Isaac's least favorite feature: how to brake. With a tap on a tablet screen, the elder Pierce stopped the joy ride. Isaac whipped his head around to see why.