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Plasma Wiggle Car

Updated on March 17, 2013

Plasma Car Ride On Toy

The plasma car is an ingeniously designed car/scooter that runs on the physics of movement. In order to make a plasma car move the child needs to wiggle the steering wheel, which is attached to two pivoting wheels that touch the ground. This movement creates inertia, using centrifugal force, gravity, and friction. This makes the plasma car move forward and backwards.

There are no batteries or pedals, but a smooth surface is required for the best results. Riding this car is not only fun, but it is great exercise too. Children love it and will spend hours riding around on it, especially if you have a house with a large smooth area so they can gain maximum speed. It is rumoured that you need to get one for each child in the family, because of the popularity of this toy, and adults have frequently been caught taking a ride on this innovative toy car.

History Of The Plasma Car

The History of Plasma Cars
The History of Plasma Cars

In December of 2002 Timothy Kimber, a Canadian entrepreneur, came across an inertia driven car called the Fun Car. He had the foresight to realize that this car was unique and had an innovative design. A self propelled car, driven by inertia from wiggling the steering wheel, yet it worked.

There was nothing like this in Canada or the US and, being an entrepreneur, he decided to introduce the car to these markets and see how it would fare. The first thing this car needed was an innovative name. The biggest selling adult toy at the time was the plasma TV, and with the space age look and shape of this car, the plasma car was not much of a stretch.

Kimber created a company called Plasmart and started marketing and distributing plasma cars. The original Canadian and US plasma car is by Plasmart, if you are concerned about the quality and value of other brands. This toy has won numerous awards and accolades; including the Creative Child-Seal of Excellence and the National Parenting Center-Seal of Approval.

How Does The Plasma Car Work - How To Ride A Plasma Car

Green Plasma Car
Green Plasma Car

How exactly does this thing work? The plasma car has six wheels, but only four actually touch the ground. The wheels that don't touch the ground are there for safety and stability. The two front wheels that touch the ground, are attached to the steering column behind the axis of rotation. Torque applied to the steering wheel provides a side to side friction by the wheels on the ground. Hence the name wiggle car.

This force runs beside the axle and across the direction that the wheels are rolling. If this force points to the back of the car, the reaction of that force will propel the car forward. This is Newton's "action/reaction" law. So in order to ride a plasma car one just needs to sit in it and move the steering wheel side to side.

This is fun and great exercise and develops balance and coordination. Kids catch on quickly and riding will soon become second nature. If the car is ridden on a smooth surface a lot of momentum can be gained and the car can move fairly fast. It's interesting that a complicated law of physics should result in such a fun and creative toy.

Plasma Car Replacement Parts - Plasma Car Replacement Wheels

Red Plasma Car by Plasmart
Red Plasma Car by Plasmart

The original plasma car is by Plasmart. Some of the other brands sold are copies of the original Plasmart plasma car. Still, most of them are identical and many reviewers think the quality is the same. Besides being the original the Plasmart site offers replacement parts. These parts will probably work on the other brands, but I have not tried it.

An original Plasmart plasma car will cost more than some of the other options available on Amazon, but if you break a Plasmart plasma car you know that the replacement parts will fit. You can get replacement parts for the Plasmart plasma cars by emailing or calling their website. They offer the following replacement options:

1. Foam Sheath

2. Foot pads (left and right)

3. Front Wheel Assembly

4. Front wheel assembly (left and right)

5. Seats( red or black)

6. Steering hardware

7. Steering wheel assembly

8. Steering wheel bearing

9. Wheels( front & rear)

10. Wheels ( front small)

11. White caps

Have you ever ridden a plasma car?

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      dylanmb15 2 years ago

      Definitely, heavily modified a couple of mine and bombed some hills going 42 mph. Im 21 years old as well

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      Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Sounds like fun! I never heard of these before reading your lens. Thanks for the information.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      No, but I saw my neighbor kids playing with them and they are great. Nice lens.

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Always wanted to try a plasma car - great fun!

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      shawnhi77 lm 5 years ago

      Really cool lens. I had never heard of it.

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      Noveliaa 5 years ago

      Excellent lens! Squidlike

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      Lora Riley 5 years ago

      Great for kids

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      nasph lm 5 years ago

      What?! These kids have it made! lol.

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      AshleyCarew1 5 years ago

      Woah, these are totally cool!

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      ketchingup lm 5 years ago

      These are so cool. I wish I were a kid again.

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      Karen 5 years ago from U.S.

      These look like great fun and they look safe! I could see my grandson using one of these when he gets a little older (he's only one now).

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      SassyGie 5 years ago

      nope, but these look cute!

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      SecondSally 5 years ago

      No, I've never ridden one, but they look like fun!