Hot Wheels Rip Rod Unleashes Ford EcoBoost Power
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.
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 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 AutoGuide.com 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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