Hot Wheels Ford Transit Connect

By Cole Q.

Hot Wheels Ford Transit Connect

There’s no denying the cool usuefulness and flexibility of a 2014 Ford Transit Connect . At the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, though, the Transit Connect was showing off its more playful side. The Hot Wheels® Transit Connect specifically demonstrated just how creative, custom and outrageous the versatile vehicle could be.

We paid quite a few visits to Ice Nine Group in Detroit in the weeks leading up to the SEMA Show, capturing the transformation of this Transit Connect from brand new production vehicle to a wider, more colorful vehicle in order to bring you a behind-the-scenes look into the process. We also caught up with Keith Strong, owner of Ice Nine Group, during the SEMA Show to hear what he had to say about building the Hot Wheels® Transit Connect and get a deeper look into the vehicle.

Designers from both Ford and Hot Wheels® worked with the craftsman at Ice Nine Group to convert their vision into a functioning, full-scale vehicle.  The Hot Wheels® Transit Connect is four inches wider and slightly lower than a production Transit Connect. Literally every body panel was cut, stretched, remade or in some way massaged to create the vehicle you see here. In addition to an outstanding exterior, the Hot Wheels® Transit Connect interior also received a makeover. Ford Focus ST seats were stitched with materials to compliment the exterior paint design. The rear section of the Transit Connect was remade to house toolboxes under a false floor, and a 55-inch TV screen. Two 18-inch tablets are mounted to the inside of the rear doors. The side doors were converted to custom gullwing doors.

You may have noticed that the Hot Wheels® Transit Connect was not by itself at the SEMA Show. Towed behind the Transit Connect is a trailer hauling the Rip Rod™. Rip Rod™, powered by a 1.0-liter EcoBoost®, was designed and built by Hot Wheels® in 2012.

You may be wondering if you can buy this one-of-a-kind Transit Connect vehicles. And the answer is yes, sort of. The Hot Wheels® Transit Connect will be available in the form of a 1:64 die-cast scale model in fall 2014.

Click here to see more Ford action from the 2013 SEMA Show on Ford Social.