Barbie's Full-Size EV Is A Fiat 500 With Wings

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The Extra Vehicle is a one-off, powered by an EV that everyone knows.

Among the supercars, luxury cars and sports cars at the Los Angeles Auto Show, there was a special little toy that has probably been purchased more times than any Ford, Toyota or Volkswagen. It's the Barbie car, and a new one, the Barbie Extra car, was on display in LA. But it wasn't just a toy, this one was developed as a "full" sizer, with the underpinnings of a Fiat 500e.

The creation team, who toymaker Mattel notes is comprised of "world-class designers and engineers, many of whom have worked at OEMs around the world." But it certainly wasn't as easy as stripping the 500e off the chassis and putting the Barbie car, which looks a little like a Corvette, on top.

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First, the vehicles team made a 3D computer aided drafting model of the Barbie car, and then scaled it up to full size. It then cut the shape from foam using a five-axis router. After that, like a real prototype, a sculptor came and fine tuned the shape, and molds were made from that.

The team then connected the base and body, and painted the sheetmetal and made custom wheels to fit the design. Those wheel inserts were 3D printed and finished using a router, which were then painted as you see them.

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Under the bodywork is a 111-hp, 83-kW electric motor from the Fiat. It has a massive, for a toy, 100-mile range, which could get your (my) kid from house to school about a hundred times before needed a recharge. In addition to the power, the motor brings 147 lb-ft of instantaneous torque as well. And with barely any weight, we're guessing top speed is dangerously fast.

The only problem is that you can't buy this one. This is a special vehicle that Mattel will probably keep in its museum or something. But if you want a Barbie Extra Vehicle you can find then anywhere toys are sold, for a reasonable price of $29.99. Dolls sold separately.

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