Peg Perego 12V Corral T-Rex Quad Bike
If you have a little adventurer or a child who already loves the great outdoors, perhaps being brought up in a rural environment with local farmers on real quads buzzing over the fields, then this single seater is an ideal battery powered ride on toy for your child.
Manufactured by Italian outfit Peg Perego and marketed in the UK by Mamas & Papas, known to all parents as a stylish high end childrens product retailer, the Corral T-Rex is a beautiful toy aimed at children in the 3 to 7 or 8 year old age bracket.
Being manufactured and marketed by acclaimed organizations with fine Italian pedigrees, the toy invariably has style designed into it from conception, but it is also designed with safety in mind. From a reassurance point of view, it is important to recognise that Peg Perego S.p.A. is an ISO 9001 certified company and that Peg Perego toys conform with the safety requirements provided by the Council of the EEC, of the T.Ü.V.; of the I.I.S.G. Istituto Italiano Sicurezza Giocattoli, and the U.S. Consumer Toy Safety Specification F963.
The Corral T-Rex has a fully enclosed chassis and is easily assembled by an adult following the clear instructions in the user manual. The quad comes with a reverse and two forward gears, but second gear is disabled by a parental locking guard plate, which can be easily modified so that the child can learn to progress on this quad bike before you let them loose. The acceleration is provided by a foot pedal and the braking is automatic: when your child lifts their foot off the pedal no more power is applied and the vehicle stops. The chunky tyres ensure good grip up reasonable slopes. All reassuring safety features for parents.
This Peg Perego Quad has pretty decent performance, for use up modest hills, on tiles and slopes ideally up to 10% and is also suited to use on bumpy paths. The chunky tyres are plastic, which may not start too well on paving or concrete if too much juice is applied too quickly, but handle outdoors on grass and rough ground well. The second forward gear gives that extra burst of power, but don’t forget that there is a gear lock to prevent your child from using more power until you are confident that your little adventurer can handle the faster speeds and still maintain control.
Those gears give a first gear speed of 3.2km/h or 2mph and the second gear tkes the quad up to a maximum of 6.5km/h or 4mph. The reverse speed is 2mph, so parents will be able to keep up comfortably whilst the child learns the basics in first gear, but you might need to get a shuffle on to keep up with 4mph, as the average walking speed for adults is around 3.3mph.
The power in that performance comes from a 12v 8 Ah battery driving two motors, so this quad has two wheel drive like on a real car. The battery playtime life is around 40 mins. If you want your child to be able to play unhindered for longer, then we would recommend a second battery rather than risking overloading using a higher capacity battery for longer single battery use. The batteries are colour coded for the power voltage and capacity, with the plug also colour coded for ease of identification.
All Peg Perego/Mamas & Papas battery-operated vehicles are complete with a single battery and a charger for recharging.
As with all of the Peg Perego range, the styling is very strong, with a bright yellow and black livery with metallic effect touches, flashy well designed decals and one or two nice finishing touches for that authentic look, including the protective hand guards.
At 99.5cm (39ins) long and 63.5cm (25ins) wide the Corral has a modest footprint, and at 64.5cm (25ins) in height it will not take up too much overall space on storage.
Just like all of the other Peg Perego models the Corral T-Rex has a downloadable user manual which has all of the part numbers clearly identified. If, on the off chance, your little one bashes something in, which they can do playing boisterously on an electric ride on quad, then spare parts are available. Complete assembly instructions are given in the manual, so parts can easily be replaced.
As a single seater quad, the Coral T-Rex is suitable for use if your child is between the ages of 3 to roughly 7 or 8 years and up to a maximum weight of approximately 40kg, 88lbs, or 6st4lbs. We would recommend this toy for purchase for a three year old up to a five year old to ensure a decent lifespan for the toy. Choose a larger model if your child is around six years and up.
Can be found online for around £230, which is at the bottom end of the price range for a stylish, well made electric quad toy. If you want a petrol engined, rubber tyred real quad for kids which will buzz up steeper hills much faster than you can keep up with, then you will pay an awful lot more.
If on the other hand, you are looking for an outdoors type childs toy for your little Bear Grylls adventurer to play on, then the Peg Perego Corral T-Rex is highly recommended.
Can be found at Halfords in the UK under Mamas & Papas branding.