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Team Hot Wheels Firestorm
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Team Hot Wheels Firestorm at Monster Jam World Finals 19 pit party

Owner

FELD Motorsports (truck), Mattel/Hot Wheels (name)

Driver

Scott Buetow

Body Style

Custom Hot Wheels car (formerly Ford F-150)

Engine

540ci Merlin

Transmission

Coan 2-Speed

Tires

66" Terra / BKT

Debut

January 6, 2012

Retirement

December 8, 2018

Theme song

"Face to the Floor" by Chevelle

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 debuted the truck under the name Team Hot Wheels. This was the first Hot Wheels truck since 2007. That year, Team Hot Wheels made its first World Finals appearance with Maximum Destruction driver Neil Elliott. At the end of 2012, it was announced that Scott Buetow would take over the driving duties and that the truck's name would now be Team Hot Wheels Firestorm. Evans moved to Blue Thunder.

In 2013, Buetow made it to his first World Finals and performed his first backflip.

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

In 2016, Buetow got his 4th World Finals invitation, and became the first driver ever to complete 3 back flips in one run. Later that year, in the Philippines, Morgan Kane drove the truck.

In 2017, Buetow campaigned the truck on the West FS1 Series. Alx Danielsson drove the truck in Saudi Arabia. Buetow debuted a brand new chrome body at the World Finals, which 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 celebrated 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 competed 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 officially ended it's contract with Monster Jam that year.

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 (completed his first backflip)
  • 2014 - Scott Buetow
  • 2015 - Scott Buetow
  • 2016 - Scott Buetow (completed 3 backflips)
  • 2017 - Scott Buetow (completed 4 backflips)
  • 2018 - Scott Buetow

Video Game Appearances

  • Hot Wheels World's Best Driver

Trivia

  • There was a vote to see what the name of the truck would be. The other non-winning 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.
  • Scott's chassis became the El Toro Loco Ice.

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