Technology: Fast, Furious And Battery Powered

The Fast and the Furious and its sequel showed that kids these days prefer a rebuilt Honda Civic to a handmade Ferrari. The import-car "tuner" craze--a cultural blend of hip-hop, Tokyo pop and Old West outlaw--is expanding its influence into the toy industry, with the arrival of the new XMODS radio-controlled cars at Radio Shack. The $49.95 racers, replicas of cars popular on the real-life scene, can be customized with authentically reproduced big-league gear, including Bomex body kits and Eibach suspension springs. Under the hood, there's more tweaking: you can swap engines, add lights, and even give your car all-wheel drive....

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