Toy giant Mattel has unveiled a life-sized version of a Darth Vader-inspired car, designed by its Hot Wheels division.
Debuting at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, the Sith lord's ride is powered by a 6.2 litre petrol V8 engine from Chevrolet, sending 392kW to the rear wheels.
Styling is inspired by Vader’s world-famous helmet in the appropriate black and grey, and the car is based on a Chevrolet C5 Corvette.
Parts of the body are constructed from carbon-fibre, and the creation rests on a custom-made set of alloy wheels wearing unique ‘redline’ tyres.
The car has been tested at a steady 80 miles per hour (128km/h) but will reportedly hit 150 MPH (240km/h) as its top speed; and the whole thing was built in just seven weeks.
Mattel says its new car is the “collaboration of two epic forces”, as Hot Wheels and Star Wars prepare to offer a new range of co-developed toys to the next generation of fans.
This new range could see Luke Skywalker, Obi One Kenobi and perhaps even R2D2-inspired cars, but it’s unlikely any of these will be brought to life in the way the Darth Vader machine has.
For those planning on visiting Comic-Con, a 1:64 scale version is available to purchase for US$40 (AU$42).
For those that can’t make it, Mattel assures us the Hot Wheels Darth Vader will be making plenty of other public appearances.
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