Jaguar has tested the revised 2020 F-Type on a challenging 44-corner course including 25 loop-the-loops and three gravity-defying jumps… in 1:64 scale Hot Wheels guise.
The 232-metre Hot Wheels orange course was laid out within the new Jaguar Design Studio, with inspiration seemingly coming from the British firm’s design director himself, Julian Thomson.
“As a designer and huge car enthusiast, Hot Wheels models have been a part of my life since childhood,” said Thomson. “They capture the imagination, make owning the car of your dreams a reality, and give you the first opportunity to actually ‘drive’ a car.
“Seeing such a finely-detailed 1:64 scale model of the new F-Type race around the studio, showcasing every stage in our design process, was a truly unique experience.”
Hot Wheels tour of Jaguar Design
The Hot Wheels track followed a course from a design review of original sketches, across their digitally rendered equivalents, over colour and materials samples, and a clay model, before finishing alongside the real thing.
Watch as the 1:64 scale sports car races from sketchpad to showroom on a unique tour of the Jaguar Design Studio. pic.twitter.com/eCNiVrmALF
— Jaguar (@Jaguar) December 2, 2019
The course was designed by Official Hot Wheels master track designer Paul Schmid: he calculated the tiny car reached a scale-equivalent speed of 300 mph in the studio.
The Hot Wheels Jaguar F-Type itself was created by a joint team, using actual CAD data from the real thing. Hot Wheels even replicated the car’s new Velocity Blue colour.
The team then ‘camouflaged’ the model car so it could be unwrapped and revealed in a special film.
“We’ve been working with Jaguar for over 40 years,” said Hot Wheels product design senior manager Bryan Benedict, “but this was an opportunity to do something really special with a car that was not yet on sale.
“To go behind the doors of the top-secret Jaguar Design Studio and work with the talented design team to bring this car to life and reveal it on unmistakable orange and blue track was a unique opportunity.”
The new 2021 model year Jaguar F-Type is available to order now. The Hot Wheels Jaguar F-Type launches November 2020.