12:30pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Comic-Con: Hot Wheels Unveils 'Star Wars'-Inspired, Full-Size X-Wing "Carship" (Exclusive Video)
Sure, the starships of Star Wars are only something that exist in a galaxy far, far away, but visitors to San Diego Comic-Con can see the next best thing: the Hot Wheels Star Wars X-Wing Carship, a full-size, fully operational race car retrofitted by Hot Wheels Design to resemble the one-man fighter that took down the Death Star all those many years ago.
The Carship, modeled after the distinctive silhouette of Star Wars' X-Wing Fighter, also has a simulated cockpit modeled after the interior of the cinematic spaceship, as well as a 2.0 liter 16 valve DOHC engine, AP dual piston calipers with slotted rotors, and custom Slick tires. With a top speed of 180 mph, the Carship — built out of refurbished race car and jet engine parts — and is, according to Hot Wheels Design, "agile enough to destroy enemy TIE Fighters."
It also, fittingly, features the Rebel Alliance logo and a version of the iconic Hot Wheels logo.
"The Hot Wheels Star Wars X-Wing Carship perfectly combines design elements of the famous Star Wars starfighter with the performance and attitude of a Hot Wheels dragster," Matt Brutocao, Director of Global Brand Marketing at Hot Wheels, told The Hollywood Reporter. "The launch of the life-size Carship is a first look at our upcoming line of die-cast Hot Wheels Star Wars Carships."
The Hot Wheels X-Wing Carship will be on display at Comic-Con July 21 through 24, ahead of miniature 1:64 scale die cast replicas being released later this year. But for those who want to see it in action, The Hollywood Reporter can exclusively debut the Carship being put through its paces in the official "Rebellion" promotional video:
San Diego Comic-Con runs Thursday through Sunday at the San Diego Convention Center, with Preview Night taking place Wednesday.