This Scrappy Dodge Charger Could Be The Next Hot Wheels Car

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We'd send it down an orange track!

Having a car immortalized as a Hot Wheels is one of life's great honors for automotive enthusiasts. Many of the industry's most legendary names grew up playing with the miniature die-cast toys before going on to develop real-life vehicles. The Hot Wheels Legends Tour gives custom car builders a chance to have their creations sold in Walmart stores worldwide as a 1:64 scale toy. Now in its fourth year, the North American leg of the tour just crowned its third finalist, a Dodge Charger Daytona called the "Scraptona."

The Scraptona was built by Christopher Palmer of Macomb, Michigan. Palmer shoved a retro-rod Richard Petty Racing NASCAR engine under the hood, generating 740-horsepower; that's more than a 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. This racing engine revs to a whopping 8,300 RPM, fitting the hot wheels spirit.

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Palmer's Scraptona is the third vehicle to become a finalist on the 2021 North American tour. The two previous finalists include a 1968 Mercedes Benz 250S from Penticton, British Columbia, Canada, and a custom aluminum racer named Lulu from Santa Fe, New Mexico. To become a finalist, the Charger beat out other competing vehicles on this tour stop. The competition included a 1972 Mazda R100, 1941 GMC Truck, 1993 Nissan Silvia, 1955 S-Klub Gullwing Speedster, 2007 BMW Z4 M Coupe, 1955 (58) Chevy Pickup, 1974 Ford/Mercury Capri X-SE, 2009 Smart Fortwo "SmartRunner," and 1969 Volkswagen Bug Truck.

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So far this year, the tour was held virtually due to social distancing measures, but the first live, in-person event will return starting on July 10. The in-person events are scheduled for Miami, Florida in July, Detroit, Michigan in August, Houston, Texas in September, and El Segundo, California in October. The semi-finals occur in late October and early September, with the grand finale scheduled for November 13. We eagerly look forward to seeing which vehicle becomes the next Hot Wheels car.

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