X-Wing Fighter by Hot Wheels
On July 22, 2016, we returned to the San Diego Comic Convention to visit the Hot Wheels booth.
Since their Darth Vader inspired vehicle was a hit at the 2014 convention, it only made perfect sense for them to create a follow-up-build for the 130,000 fans.
Enter the X-Wing Fighter automobile.
Billy Hammon and his company, Action Vehicle Engineering (AVE), were contracted by Hot Wheels to create a lifesize replica of the new X-Wing Fighter. The inspired toy from the “Carships” series was designed by Dmitriy Shakhmatov.
The car was not only built to promote their companies, it could be raced on a circuit track as well.
It sports a blueprinted twin-cam (2.0 liter 16 valve DOHC) engine from Ford. “The motor came from the Ford Ecoboost series,” said Evan Markus, “it’s from the Formula 4 the open wheel car series and we tested the car at the Willow Springs racetrack last week.
It’s fast and it can handle very well.”
Markus specializes in metal fabrication and was one of the main fabricators for the project.
He said that he cut the chassis and stretched it an additional four feet by the cockpit where the driver sits.
“I built most of the cockpit,” Markus said,” I had to redo the pedal assembly, then made the seat fit followed by the gear shifter and removable steering wheel.”
The vehicle is said to go up to 180 miles-per-hour. It also has AP dual piston calipers and slotted rotors, to stop the vehicle when it attempts to travel at lightspeed.
The Formula 4 style suspension is an adjustable coilover setup.
“… some parts used on the vehicle were actual NASA parts and test equipment from the Apollo spacecraft,” Markus said, “like the turbines on the sides, the guns on top and much more.”
Traction is provided by SLICK 350/240 15″ and 13″ tires mounted on center-lock style wheels made of magnesium.
Would you like to witness this vehicle in action? Check out this video from Hot Wheels: