6 November 2013
A Transit Connect for your Hot Wheels collection (but full size garage needed!)
This is, believe it or not, a new Ford Transit Connect, writes Brian Byrne. But don't expect to see it at any Ford dealership.
It's a Hot Wheels toy car themed variant one-off, produced for the SEMA electronics show in Las Vegas, with an entirely custom wide body kit, Rotiform ROC wheels, sleeping quarters and tool storage.
It was built by Michigan-based custom builder Ice 9 Group, working with designers from Ford and Hot Wheels, taking a Transit Connect down to its basic elements and rebuilding it from the ground up, creating a one-of-a-kind dream machine.
The vehicle is powered by a 2.5 four petrol engine. There are functional custom exhaust ports on either side, gullwing doors in place of the sliding doors, new front fascia and bumpers inspired by Focus RS, and custom 20-inch wheels.
The interior has a secondary floor installed covering a set of drawers for tool storage, a 55-inch television screen, two 18-inch tablets and custom Recaro seats from a Focus ST.
The tablets are installed in the rear doors. The television screen is installed in a bulkhead behind the front seats. Two Hot Wheels orange tracks are recessed in the bed, forming a drag strip right down the center of the van.