Hot Wheels Rip Rod Unleashes Ford EcoBoost Power

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The Hot Wheels Rip Rod is finally alive!

First shown as a static show car at last year’s SEMA Show, the Ford Racing team in the U.S. and Europe both worked with Bandito Brothers to integrate the American automaker’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine to bring the Rip Rod to life. Designed and built by Mattel and Bandito Brothers, the Hot Wheels Rip Rod can be seen in a new video tearing through the desert and getting sideways with ease.

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The Ford 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine has won Engine of the Year for three consecutive years and with 158 turbocharged hp, it helps transform the Rip Rod into a real-life Hot Wheels racer.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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