Air Power Racer

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Patent #::
US D762,269 S

Patent #: US D762,269 S


Gasoline is currently the fuel of choice, but petroleum used to make it is becoming increasingly difficult to find and is contributing to environmental issues and worldwide problems. Automobile manufacturers know this and are spending tremendous amounts of money to develop alternative fuel for the future. A few years ago, OWI introduced a Salt Water Fuel Cell vehicle and is now introducing another alternative fuel and eco-friendly vehicle. Let us introduce you to OWI’s Air Power Racer.

Air as fuel…could possibly be another alternative to petroleum. Air is available 24/7, does not run out and it’s free. By golly, we might have something here and OWI’s Air Power Racer can break down this technology to its simplest form. This is an amazing kit that uses the vision of our ancestors back in the middle of the 19th century. Now, your child can bring that vision to life and gain valuable insight into propulsion via compressed air.

Assembly and operation is a breeze for the builder who has experience assembling kits. The estimated assembly time is 4 hours, which makes it ideal for quality time as a parent/child project. A pump-up bar with a pressure meter is built into the car for easy operation. This meter measures the volume of compressed air. The air chamber made from PET (polyethylene terephthalate). The silicon tube (red in color) creates an air tight fit. Another safety device implemented into the kit is a safety valve. If the user keeps pumping while the tank is full, the safety valve will open and bleed the air automatically. Anyway, back to the air in the tank. When the air chamber is full, you can release the compressed air; the air then expands and drives the vehicle a distance up to 50 meters in 35 seconds. The car is fast and furious fun that requires no batteries or specific weather conditions to limit its usage. OWI’s Air Power Racer is not only designed with the environment in mind, but is also fun and easy to build! By the way, a pretty cool factoid is, the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle is recyclable.  Recycled PET is labeled with the #1 code normally found on or near the bottom of many consumer products such as fruit containers and water/soda bottles.


Ages: 10+

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  • 5
    Fun and learning as it should be

    Posted by Joe W on 27th Dec 2016

    My 7 year old grandson and I put this together. It was a challenging assembly for him, but none the less was stimulating and provided a great bonding time. Once completed, he had tremendous pride in what he had built

  • 5
    A great kit for a young mind

    Posted by Unknown on 22nd Mar 2016

    This is a wonderful kit for anyone who likes to put things together. The instructions were clear, my 11 year old and I were both invested fully in the process and were never frustrated. The parts were good quality and it made a great final product.

  • 5
    Great Design -- Technical Challenge

    Posted by Unknown on 22nd Mar 2016

    I put this together for my 5 year old nephew. I was extremely impressed with the thoughtfulness of the design and instructions for this thing. And it works really well too! I've never come across a self-assembled toy this well designed.

    That said, it is a complicated and intricate design and every detail matters. It would require a very special 10 year old to put it together on their own.

    My nephew looked over my shoulder every few minutes and I showed him how the parts worked. I think he learned a lot from it, and enjoyed playing with the finished product, but my brothers and I probably had the most fun with it.