Hot Wheels celebrated its 50th anniversary earlier this year and part of the celebrations included a search for a customized car that would become immortalized as a miniature die-cast model.
The search is now over as Hot Wheels has selected Luis Rodriguez’s one-off 2JetZ to become its latest vehicle. Selected from more than 3,600 cars that took part in the Legends Tour, the 2JetZ was praised for its “originality and arresting design.”
Hot Wheels didn’t say much about the 2JetZ, but noted the model is an “open-wheeled jet car” that takes inspiration from fighter jets. As a result, the 2JetZ looks more like a plane than a car.
The model apparently features a riveted aluminum body and a single seat interior which is covered by a glass canopy that mimics fighter jets. The air force influence can be seen elsewhere as the car has been equipped with “No Step” decals and World War II inspired bomber graphics.
Hot Wheels didn’t say much about the car’s powertrain, but it features an engine that produces more than 600 hp (447 kW / 608 PS). Regardless of the specifications, Rodriguez’s car will soon be owned by countless fans as Hot Wheels will build a 1:64 scale version of the car and begin selling it globally next year.
According to Hot Wheels senior vice president and general manager, Chris Down, “The 2JetZ looks like it performs and everything about it was built from the ground up. Its forward design aesthetic will add variety to the Hot Wheels line and is a car that both adult fans and kids will love.”