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Hyundai Just Developed a Soapbox Ride You Can Build Yourself

Automobile logo Automobile 5 days ago Nick Yekikian
a close up of a toy car: 2021 Hyundai Soapbox 1 © Automobile Magazine Staff 2021 Hyundai Soapbox 1

If you have a little extra time on your hands, Hyundai has your next DIY project. Instead of finally getting to that leaky gutter in time for winter or tending to the lawn that was just torched by the summer heat, how about you give building this slick-looking soapbox ride a try instead? The materials are available at your local hardware store, and all you need to do is follow the instructions.

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The idea was for Hyundai to design something that will promote quality time between family or groups of friends, and we can hardly think of a better way to spend time than trying to build our own ride. With some schools still being closed, Hyundai said they wanted to build something fun for kids and parents alike.

Hyundai's designers that went to work on the project also paid attention to what materials they used to ensure the project remained a relatively affordable one, too. You're more than welcome to go out of your own way to improve the design, however. We think a front splitter, a rear wing, and a slightly more supportive seat would go a long way to making this soapbox look even slicker.

The soapbox's design is based on the Hyundai 45, a compact EV concept that debuted at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. The design doesn't involve any special surfacing techniques. That means that you don't have to be professional designer or engineer to take a crack at it, either. The soapbox itself is just over three feet wide and just under six feet long. Hyundai also says its sturdy enough to carry an adult's weight.

Hyundai made the blueprint available online, and we've added a link to them here so you can get cracking if this project piques your interest. They're pretty detailed, and the project will probably take a good long while, but that's half the fun. Good luck, and happy building.

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Gallery: Hyundai D.I.Y. Soapbox (motor1)

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