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Team Hot Wheels Firestorm
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Team Hot Wheels Firestorm circa 2018

Owner

FELD Motorsports (truck), Hot Wheels (name)

Driver

Scott Buetow

Body Style

Custom Car

Engine

540ci Merlin

Transmission

Coan 2-Speed

Tires

66" Terra / BKT

Debut

2012

Discontinuation

2018

Team Hot Wheels Firestorm was a monster truck driven by Scott Buetow under FELD Motorsports. The truck debuted in 2012 under the name Team Hot Wheels, with a contest for the name in place. This would be the first time that a Hot Wheels truck ran in Monster Jam since 2007. The truck was based off of the toy car company of the same name. Dan Evans (former Destroyer driver and owner) was the original driver of the truck and would drive the truck until 2013, when Scott Buetow took over.

History

In 2012, Dan Evans debuts the truck under the name Team Hot Wheels. This is the first time Hot Wheels would have a monster truck since 2007. Team Hot Wheels would make its first World Finals appearance with Maximum Destruction driver Neil Elliott. At the end of 2012, it was announced that Scott Buetow will take over the driving duties and that the truck's name will now be Team Hot Wheels Firestorm.

In 2013, Buetow makes it to his first World Finals and performs his first backflip. Evans moves to Blue Thunder

In 2014, Buetow makes it his second World Finals. Buetow would finish second to Metal Mulisha.

In 2015, Buetow would get his 3rd World Finals invitation.

In 2016, Buetow would get his 4th World Finals invitation, and would be the first driver ever to complete 3 back flips in one run. He was quite upset after his freestyle and thought he should've scored higher. Each back flip was scored as one move, not 3 in which he did. He was also shut down for brief moment which killed his run's flow/momentum. Later that year, in the Philippines, Morgan Kane drove the truck

In 2017, Buetow campaigns the truck on the West FS1 Series. Alx Danielsson drives the truck in Saudi Arabia. Buetow debuts brand new chrome body at the World Finals, a body that he would campaign for the rest of the year. He would break his 3 backflip record performing 4 in his World Finals freestyle.

In 2018, the team celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Hot Wheels toyline. The truck debuted another new retro style paint scheme, the left side being gold and the right being blue with matching red logos on each side, and an orange stripe down the middle. The truck competes in one of the Monster Jam Stadium Tours. The truck debuted yet another new design at World Finals 19, being that of a Hot Wheels car. This would be the last year of competition as Hot Wheels ended it's contract with Monster Jam that year.

In 2019, Scott moves to El Toro Loco driving the ice truck for the Fire & Ice, Team Hot Wheels Firestorm is retired.

Body Styles

  • 2012 - Original Paint-Scheme (Extended Cab) F-150 Team Hot Wheels
  • 2013-2017 - New Paint-Scheme (Standard Cab) F-150 Team Hot Wheels Firestorm
  • 2017-2018 - Graffiti F-150 Team Hot Wheels Firestorm
  • Early 2018 - Hot Wheels Retro Style F-150 Team Hot Wheels Firestorm
  • 2018 - Blue Hot Wheels '68 Car

World Finals Appearances

  • 2012 - Neil Elliott
  • 2013 - Scott Buetow
  • 2014 - Scott Buetow
  • 2015 - Scott Buetow
  • 2016 - Scott Buetow
  • 2017 - Scott Buetow
  • 2018 - Scott Buetow

Trivia

  • There was a voting to see what the name of the truck would be, the other names were Motor Mauler, Jaw Crusher, Wrecker Breaker, and Gasket Case, but ultimately, Firestorm won. .
  • The body was made of carbon fiber, Kevlar and E-glass, meaning the body weighs half that of a normal fiberglass body.
  • In 2018, during the 50th anniversary series of the Hot Wheels truck, it began running red rims on the truck, and toys. This is in reference to the original series of Hot Wheels toys that came out in 1968, which featured a distinct red line on the tires, earning it the name "Redline" cars.
  • The WF19 Team Hot Wheels Firestorm body was designed by actual Hot Wheels car designer, Tyler Charest.

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