Drive Suits let you become a real-life Transformer
By Ben Coxworth
November 14, 2012
For the past few years, entrepreneur Drew Beaumier has been creating life-size Transformers-inspired costumes known as Drive Suits. Thanks to the wearer’s motorized “drive boots,” they can actually trundle along the ground when in “vehicle” mode. It may be a bit late for Halloween, but you can now buy one of your own.
Some of Drew’s existing Drive Suits include a VW Beetle, a Mustang, a Camaro and various motorcycles. In all cases, the person wearing the suit can hunker down and use the knee-mounted drive boots to move the “vehicle” forward at about 12 mph (19 km/h), then spring up and strut around like Optimus Prime.
Each of the suits are made by hand from gently used toys and sporting gear. It takes him about 50 hours to assemble one suit, which can be made to resemble a vehicle of the buyer’s choice.
A complete Drive Suit, including vehicle body, helmet, motor-equipped drive boots, battery belt and charger will run you about US$1,800 plus shipping.
One of the suits can be seen in action in the video below.