Friday, January 25, 2019

Custom Hot Wheels: Aristo Rat "Zero to Hero"

A winning custom.

This is what happens when you give me a Hot Wheels Aristo Rat. See what the original casting went through to end up the winning custom for @customsunderground's "Zero to Hero" build off for January 2019. The original vision was to do a cyberpunk-style, track-spec rat rod and since the body lines were similar to that of a Porsche, I wanted to accentuate those lines to keep the aesthetic and make it look even more aggressive. I have been wanting to customize this casting for months and what better way to do it than for a customs build off. 

Before stripping

Tear down begins
Did not end up this way as you'll see in the later stages.

Removed original exhaust pipes to add the LS
Was thinking about adding flares from HW50 Concept
Didn't do it...

 Front end coming together

Top mount radiator

More bars give it even more aggressive lines
Looking a little more like a Porsche... kinda...

Something's missing. GT wing? Ducktail?
 Rear quarter before the re-paint

Finally, No Other Aristo Rat Like It

Details of the engine, tow hook between brake lights, custom exhaust

Vertical LED light bars acting as head/fog lights infused to the front lip and crash bars.

Went with the ducktail spoiler.

Custom Hot Wheels Aristo Rat

-Stripped, repainted, and detailed exterior and interior
-Real Riders wheel swap with custom axles
-Wing/intake delete
-Removed truck bed to make room for LS engine swap
-LS engine from Hot Wheels Custom '67 Pontiac Firebird casting
-Radiator from Hot Wheels HW50 Concept
-Custom front lip and bumper with vertical "LED light bars"
-Custom dual exit exhaust setup
-Custom crash bars and brackets
-Added tow hooks to front and rear
-Custom ducktail spoiler

Any questions? Please do not hesitate to ask. What other customs would you like me to see make or breakdown in detail, and what else would you like to see on this site?

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  1. Congratulations on the new website. Oh, by the way, I'm a fan. I've been following your works on instagram and I love them.

    1. Thank you so much. I appreciate the support. More special projects and customs to come.