This is mental.
This year, the Hot Wheels Legends Tour has brought yet another collection of wild creations to our attention, and the winners so far have been stunning builds. We've seen a classy Opel Manta, a slammed hot rod, and a wild Charger that looks like it could have starred in Cars.
We've just seen the reveal of the new Nissan Z, and you can bet that as soon as tuners get their hands on it, we'll be seeing some wild body kits and performance enhancements. It'll likely be entered in competitions like this one day, but in the meantime, its modern ancestor in the 350Z has just won the latest leg of the tour.
This most recent leg took place on a virtual livestream for anyone in the US or Canada and saw Ashley Robinson of San Mateo, California take home top honors. His 2003 Nissan 350Z was originally wrecked, but instead of restoring it to its original look, Robinson wanted to build something that stood out. As a result, the rear has an exoskeleton-style cage instead of proper bodywork, but it's not just dramatic in its styling. With a forged motor and two turbochargers, along with a host of other custom touches from top to bottom, this thing has the performance to go with its wild appearance.
As the latest winner and a Garage of Legends inductee, the 350Z will go up against other leg winners towards the end of the year, with each entrant vying to have their creations selected as a winner. This will result in a scale model of the winning car being created as an official Hot Wheels toy, to be sold worldwide (the 2020 winner is pictured below in white).
Other notable entries that came close to winning this leg included a 1958 Oldsmobile Fiesta wagon, a 2020 Corvette Stingray, a 1957 Ford Anglia, and a 1996 Nissan Hardbody. A few cars from the Sixties featured too, including a Chevy Impala wagon, a Pontiac Firebird, and a Chevy II HT SS.