Volvo P1800 Gasser rendered as a Hot Wheels Legends Tour scale model

MANILA: Mattel has released the official Hot Wheels 1:64 scale diecast of the 2021 Hot Wheels Legends Tour winning 1969 Volvo P1800 Gasser, built by Lee Johnstone of the UK.

KEY POINTS TO REMEMBER

  • What makes the Volvo P1800 Gasser special?

    Restored and raced by a 71-year-old mechanic and his family, the Volvo P1800 Gasser won a historic 25-stage international Tour across five continents.

  • How is the Volvo P1800 Gasser Hot Wheels model made?

    Starting with CAD (computer-aided design) scanning, the Hot Wheels team is able to digitize every aspect of the 1969 Volvo P1800, before additional rounds of 3D modeling and sample printing help designers to determine the final shape of the 1:64 scale vehicle.

  • First-time International Tour winner Johnstone and his daughter, Victoria Upham, attended a global unveiling ceremony in New York, where their family’s passion project was officially inducted into the Hot Wheels Garage of Legends, a collection of the hottest designs. most emblematic and famous of the brand. existing in both 1:64th scale and life-size.

    A 71-year-old auto mechanic, Johnstone has restored and modified his 1969 Volvo into a true star of the track, which he drives with his wife and three daughters. A winner on and off the track, the P1800 Gasser emerged victorious from a historic 25-stop international tour across five continents, joining previous champions including the inaugural 2018 2JetZ, 2019 The Nash and 1970 2020 Pontiac Firebird, as the next permanent fixture. in Hot Wheels history.

    The announcement was made by Mattel Vice President and Global Head of Vehicle Design Ted Wu at the legendary Classic Car Club in Manhattan, a week before the start of the historic fifth annual Hot Wheels Legends Tour presented by Mobil. 1. Epic Space has been redesigned. to showcase dozens of examples of how Hot Wheels has influenced culture, from high fashion to NFTs.

    The 2022 tour kicks off with virtual live streams in New Zealand and Australia on April 14 and 21, respectively, followed by the first live North American event in Miami, Florida on April 30. The UK leg of the competition will run from June to October. , with entry details to be announced in the coming weeks.

    “The Legends Tour began in 2018 as a way to celebrate and engage the global automaker community,” Wu said. “Lee Johnstone’s 1969 Volvo P1800 turned out to be a truly impressive Gasser interpretation. who captivated the entire Hot Wheels team. As the first international winner of the Legends Tour, we look forward to sharing his dream with Hot Wheels fans in over 150 countries around the world.

    Hot Wheels is an automotive legend, and for generations every automotive enthusiast’s love for cars began with Hot Wheels. Since launching the brand’s Original 16 vehicles in 1968, Hot Wheels has continued to define itself by creating some of the world’s most iconic cars, influencing and being influenced by automotive culture.

    Beyond the automotive world, Hot Wheels has expanded into pop culture through segments such as gaming, fashion, luxury and film, but always staying true to its automotive cultural heritage. Hot Wheels has established itself as an iconic automotive lifestyle brand and is now also a major player in the global custom car building community.

    More than 54 years after Hot Wheels launched its original vehicles, the process of transforming full-size 1:64 scale cars has changed dramatically, while the focus on design continues to be at the forefront. foreground. Starting with CAD (computer-aided design) scanning, the Hot Wheels team is able to digitize every aspect of the 1969 Volvo P1800, before additional rounds of 3D modeling and sample printing help designers to determine the final shape of the 1:64 scale vehicle. Once approved, the final design must also undergo a rigorous series of Hot Wheels track testing to ensure it performs as well as it looks.

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