From childhood to adulthood, Hot Wheels continue to be a part of nearly every car lovers life.
For many of us, our love for cars started off with a vast collection of Hot Wheels. From the track sets to the miniature car washes, Hot Wheels are the source for many childhood memories. Even to this day, there's a huge group of enthusiasts who collect and trade Hot Wheels cars at annual conventions and online. And now, Chevrolet has unveiled their Camaro Hot Wheels Concept at this year's SEMA show in Las Vegas.
Inspired by the Custom Camaro Spectraflame 1:64-scale toy model, the project was a collaboration between the General Motors Design studio in Michigan and the Hot Wheels Design Studio in California. The final result is a Camaro that features flat-black graphics, red-line wheels and that amazing metallic-green paint job. Truth be told, it really does look like a full-size Hot Wheels. The original Hot Wheels toy cars had metallic Spectraflame finishes, so it was vital for the design team to replicate this chrome-style finish with its tinted top coat over a shiny base.
They began by applying a primer coat and then sprayed it with a liquid-metal solution that created the mirror-like chrome base layer. The next step was to add a green tint in several layers until the perfect shade was found. In addition to the incredible bodywork, Chevrolet has also done a solid job of performance enhancements, such as Brembo brakes, a suspension lowering kit, and a new exhaust system. Power comes from the 6.2-liter LS3 V8 mated to a six-speed manual transmission. There's also a ton of unique Hot Wheels badges throughout the car, including on the decklid, front grille, quarter panels, and sill plates.
In addition, Hot Wheels will be offering a collector's edition 1:64-scale model based on the full-size concept. All told, this is the 18th 1:64-scale Hot Wheels Camaro produced since 1968.