2014 Ford Transit Connect Gets Hot Wheels Treatment: 2013 SEMA Show | Edmunds

2014 Ford Transit Connect Gets Hot Wheels Treatment


Just the Facts:
  • The Hot Wheels concept of the 2014 Ford Transit Connect debuted at the 2013 SEMA Show.
  • The Hot Wheels Transit Connect features a euro-look wide body kit, Rotiform ROC wheels, sleeping quarters and tool storage.
  • Slide-out drawers for Hot Wheels cars are another custom touch.

LAS VEGAS — One of the most talked-about vehicles at the 2013 SEMA Show is the Hot Wheels concept of the 2014 Ford Transit Connect.

"The idea was to create a race-inspired support vehicle for the average guy to spend a weekend at the track testing his Hot Wheels racecar," said Felix Holst, vice president of creative for Mattel Wheels Division, in a statement.

While Ford has not disclosed any plans to build a production version of the concept, Mattel said the Hot Wheels Transit Connect toy model will arrive in stores next fall.

The SEMA concept gets a Euro-look wide body kit, Rotiform ROC wheels, sleeping quarters and tool storage. It even has slide-out drawers for storing — you guessed it — Hot Wheels cars.

Michigan-based customizer Ice 9 Group worked with designers from Ford and Hot Wheels on the project.

The vehicle was rebuilt from the ground up. "Every single aspect of the exterior is different, including the roof," said Keith Strong, president of Ice 9 Group.

The concept Transit Connect has been widened 4 inches in front and 6 inches at the rear. Other details include custom exhaust ports, gullwing doors in place of sliding doors, new front fascia and bumpers inspired by Focus RS and custom 20-inch wheels. The Hot Wheels Transit Connect is powered by a 2.5-liter Ti-VCT four-cylinder engine.

The cabin gets a 55-inch television screen, two 18-inch tablets and custom Recaro seats from a Focus ST.

A custom trailer carries Rip Rod, which was designed and built by Hot Wheels in 2012.

The Hot Wheels Transit Connect is one of 10 custom Transit Connect vehicles appearing at this week's SEMA show.

Edmunds says: You've got to believe there's a market for a life-size version of the Hot Wheels Transit Connect.

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