The odds are good that at some point in your life you’ve come across a Hot Wheels toy car. If you’re a car enthusiast, you’ve probably had a collection of them at some point, or maybe you have one now, but have you ever really sat and thought about how they’re made? How does Mattel take a full-size car and turn it into a 1/64-scale toy?
To find out how the process works, we went to Hot Wheels design headquarters in El Segundo, California, to watch the winner of the 2020 Hot Wheels legends tour go through it. The winner, an epic 1970 Pontiac Trans Am track car built by Riley Stair in his family’s side yard, presented some interesting challenges for the crew from