You’ve asked for it. You’ve demanded it. You’ve even threatened to pick up pitchforks for it. Well, here it is! We are very, very excited to give you the first sneak peek at the next Hot Wheels to wear the JNC inkan, the Mazda RX-3!
Featuring a massive racing spook, ducktail spoiler and Katayama flares, it’s a tribute to the Savanna RX-3 touring cars that raced in Japan in the 1970s. It’s incredibly detailed, with each flare displaying its individual rivets, rear vents and a meticulously designed interior.
Perhaps just as cool, also debuting on this casting is a new set of wheels. Inspired by a vintage Japanese racing setup, they’re of a 4-spoke design. They are detailed enough that you can see molded lug nuts. And to top it all off, it comes with new hippari stretched tires.
The Hot Wheels RX-3 was was created by long-time Mattel designer Mark Jones, and will be part of an upcoming 2016 series. The model you see here is a pre-production zinc prototype.
If you are planning to attend the Japanese Classic Car Show today, stop by the JNC booth. this exact prototype will be on display this morning. A few of you did guess correctly based on the pixelated image from yesterday, but real eagle eyed viewers may have recognized a clue from the back-of-inkan sketches we posted on Instagram recently. The final color and graphic scheme will be revealed when the RX-3 gets closer to its on-sale date.