Releasing your authenticity, creativity, and garage spirit are three major requirements if you want your automotive creation to have a chance to be inducted into the Hot Wheels Garage of Legends.
This crazy 2007 Corvette – which definitely fits the requirements with its one-of-a-kind mods – has been selected by a panel of judges as a semifinalist in the 2021 Hot Wheels Legends Tour, held annually since 2018.
Eventually, the overall winning car will be turned into a 1:64 die-cast Hot Wheels car to be sold and played with by kids of all ages around the globe.
After creating tens of thousands of unique toy cars over the past 50+ cars, Hot Wheels says it’s looking for never-before-seen designs from the public that stand out from the rest. They’re also seeking spectacular rides that embody the sentiment of “Wow, that looks like a Hot Wheels,” and they really want “to see some elbow grease that exemplifies the challenger spirit it took to build.”
This C6 Corvette, nicknamed “Soo Sik,” has come a long way since leaving its birthplace at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant. Owner Michael Tran is responsible for the wild design and that’s no surprise since he’s been building cars for nearly a quarter of a century now.
Soo Sik retains only parts of the chassis and the engine, and the extensively modified car now has a redesigned exotic-looking body with a wild open rear end that offers up a great view of the extra-large exhaust system, a gargantuan rear spoiler, and 21-inch wheels. The interior is where the car looks most like a real Corvette, especially with a pretty much stock dash and instrument panel. However, a custom steering wheel and white seats, complete with bright purple seatbelts, really spice things up inside the cabin.
The engine is still a Corvette V8, but it’s been greatly pumped up with two rear-mounted turbos that create about 1,000 horsepower, much higher than even the factory-built C6 ZR1’s 638 horsepower.
Soo Sik will now compete in one of two global semifinal rounds against foes like a 1975 Opel Manta, a chopped 1929 Ford Model A, and a heavily modified 1969 Dodge Charger with 740 horsepower.
The competition will be live-streamed on social media on Oct. 28 and Nov. 4, and the final round of the 2021 Legends Tour will then follow on Nov. 11, with the location yet to be named. After that, the big winner will be turned into a 1/64 scale Hot Wheels car, just like the 2020 Legends Tour champ, a 1970 widebody Pontiac Firebird Trans Am with a front-mid-mounted engine.
Autoblog.com and Hot Wheels / Instagram
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