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Young Driver Motor Cars’ all-British, all-electric Firefly Sport will make its official debut at this week’s British Motor Show, which opens on August 18e.
A sister company of young driver – driving school under 17 – Cars for young drivers will begin production of the Firefly Sport model this month. The 2.1 meter long car, which can accommodate children aged 4 to 10 (and even adult drivers) will use only British sourced components for production cars – including their batteries and electric motors – making the Firefly Sport the country’s first all-British electric vehicle, claims the manufacturer.
Bringing together expertise from across the UK motoring industry, YDMC’s Firefly Sport is built on an aluminum chassis with full independent suspension and rack and pinion steering, giving young drivers a taste of authentic looks , handling and performance of a road car.
Firefly Sports uses two state-of-the-art, smartly packaged, recyclable 12-volt batteries from a Bromsgrove-based supplier, powering two Bournemouth-made 24-volt electric motors. Top speeds will vary depending on the gearbox specified, but will range from 25mph to 7mph for younger drivers. However, Firefly Sport also has a remote cut-off function with a range of 200 meters, as well as an automatic cut-off if it detects obstacles in its path, which makes it ultra-safe for novice drivers.
Inside the open-top two-seater (a top is optional for all-weather use), drivers are presented with a digital instrument pack that can be personalized on start-up with the rider’s name and photo . There are three instruments – a speedometer, clock and distance indicator – as well as a reversing camera and lights for indicators, headlights/taillights etc.
“Firefly Sport is a full-fledged, scaled-down motor car,” says YDMC Managing Director Ian Mulingani. “From its launch this month, it will allow children aged 4 to 10 to get behind the wheel and have an authentic automotive experience, thanks to the design and the sophisticated components of this model, which fundamentally reflect the behavior of a car. road, but at perfectly manageable speeds.
“Being electric and looking like a junior supercar, it also aligns with the kind of vehicle kids see themselves driving when they pass their test. And it is precisely this kind of commitment that we need in our young driver training centers to start them on the path to better road safety and, ultimately, to prevent unnecessary deaths on the roads.
Firefly Sport will be available for drivers aged 4-10 at 45 Young Driver Training Centers across the UK (£20 for a 15 minute test drive). Alternatively, it can also be purchased directly by families who have enough space for children to drive the car on private land. Prices will be announced at the British Motor Show on August 18eand the car can be specified in a wide range of colors, with plenty of options to choose from.
Young drivers wishing to book an early test drive in Firefly Sport should visit: www.youngdriver.com