Saturday, May 13, 2017

FH3 Hot Wheels: Proud Pioneering Spirit

Because Hot Wheels was born in the year 1968, I've been tasked to find a Forza car that is on the same year Hot Wheels was founded by Mattel, and looks like I've met my match on my ongoing Hot Wheels adventure in Forza Horizon 3.

This here is the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale, one of the most valuable and ultra rare classic cars in the world and about 18 units were made from 1967 to 1969. True to its name, this is the road-legal version of the legendary Tipo 33 race car and this is the first car to use butterfly doors, like the ones from the McLaren F1, the world's fastest car of the 90's. Little did you know that because the 33 Stradale is a handcrafted beauty, each of the units are tailored differently as hinted by the exterior design cues ranging from the headlamps, windscreen wipers, vents, and so on.

Tailor-made aside, the 33 Stradale features an aluminium body on aluminium tubular chassis and unlike the race-spec Tipo 33, the 2.0L V8 engine has no relation to the race-spec engine. In fact, it was lifted from the Alfa Montreal while mated to a six-speed Colotti transaxle gearbox, resulting to a 0-100kph time of 5.5 seconds and flatout in 260kph, quicker than your average German saloon of today.

Anyway, enough chitter-chatter because time to send this ultra-rare, million-dollar, collector car for a flight through Thrilltopia and introduce to the stunts the world of Hot Wheels has to offer. Hold on because it's going to be one heck of a bumpy ride.

Who knew that you can alter what stunt you want to face with courtesy of Stunt Swap feature? Anyway, the ultra-rare Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale finished the competition alive and speaking of which...

I just got word that somewhere in Thrilltopia, there's a legendary barn find hidden somewhere and according to my sources, it's located three miles off from the Festival site but be warned; it's heavily fortified with dinosaurs guarding the barn find so how can you get through the mystery treasure that was heavily guarded by such primal monstrosities? Only one way to find out...

Now let's see what legendary machine we'll be encountering this time...

What is this? Wait, I know! That's one of the pre-war Fords that emerged during the Great Depression of the 1930's. It's a Ford De Luxe Five-Window Coupe and what this is, is a template of a hot rod you can think of. But first, let's talk about this Five-Window Coupe. In the past, most Ford advertisements in the 1920's to 1930's targeted specifically for women but when they advertise this Five Window Coupe, they didn't specify the target gender. In fact, the topic they're targeting for the Ford De Luxe Five Window Coupe is specifically economy, a topic relevant during the dark days of the Herbert Hoover era of the USA.

Calling it a fuel-efficient car sounds ironic for a V8-powered Ford but the V8 engine that powers it uses no more fuel than a four-cylinder car, which sounds impressive during the Great Depression era but let's not get too much about this legendary Ford because let's talk about how a hot rod was made because like you and I, street rodding has been the creative force of car culture. It's all about men in sheds coming up with bright ideas to build something quite extraordinary and then show it off on the roads. Some might even race against other guy with a hot rod as well. Hot rods that are unique to the beholders have massively lowered bodies, chopped roofs, vivid colors, big engines, and some of the best bits too much to list on, resulting to a creative expression that makes people go crazy about one and even if the blokes who made one didn't have qualifications to design and engineer a car. How cool is that?

Because this Ford De Luxe Five-Window Coupe can be freely expressed into various kinds of street-rodding, I want to do my own kind of street-rodding with this legend and with the De Luxe Five-Window Coupe became what every hot rod should be, time to set ablaze through the twists and turns of Hot Wheels Thrilltopia with the legend that became the forefront of hot-rodding. Time to feel the heat with this one.

Man, nothing like a little piece of automotive history than trying out some iconic cars at the Hot Wheels Thrilltopia. From a street-legal version of a legendary racing car to a hot-rod, nothing comes close than enjoying some of the most historic cars in the extreme world of Hot Wheels and in here, it's all about Leading The Way.

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