The New York Times recently profiled the Bandolero Racing Series and the kids that drive them. A feeder race series for the Legends class, these tiny cars are powered by a Briggs & Stratton 570cc engine making a full-bodied 30 HP. The Bandoleros, weighing right around 500lbs, can reach close to 75 MPH, according to the article. The series is open to kids as young as 8, and seems relatively safe, utilizing the HANS devices, now required by Formula One, NHRA, and other sanctioning bodies.
It’s an interesting alternative to the Kart racing that most proto-racers start out with. While it’s sure to draw debate among the crowd that prefers to insulate their children from anything fun, it sure as hell beats driving those darn kids to soccer practice.
[Source and Image Credit: New York Times]