It won’t be for a while before you can actually buy one of Tesla’s Cybertrucks. While you wait around for that, you can get accustomed to being around the divisive-looking truck with the Hot Wheels R/C Cybertruck.
That’s right, Hot Wheels is making a radio-controlled version of Tesla’s tank-like pickup, so you can put it to the test by driving it around with the rest of your backyard bashers. Granted, its performance on your backyard says nothing about how the real-life Cybertruck will drive, but it sure will give you an idea about how ridiculous the darn thing looks like while you drive it in the middle of your suburban neighborhood.
The Hot Wheels R/C Cybertruck is a 1/10-scale recreation of Tesla’s ostentatious truck, faithfully reproducing its angular lines, tank-like proportions, and overall Mad Max aesthetic. The outfit says it’s hobby-grade, so it should be as good as any premium truck you get from Traxxas or Tamiya, ensuring you can be competitive when taking this thing to your local RC raceway. That means, it gets fitted with a proper suspension system, sway bars both front and rear, and other elements necessary for competent off-road performance. The darn thing can hit the trail at top speeds of 25 mph.
It’s got all-wheel drive, which should allow it to handily drive through bumps, dips, and other challenging terrain, while proportional steering should make it feel very natural to drive, ensuring there’s very little learning curve involved. It has two driving modes: a chill mode for relaxed cruising on parking lots (and anywhere else you’ve got a large flat surface) and a sport mode that you can use when taking it through rugged terrain. There’s even functional headlights and taillights, so you can practice driving it around the backyard even in the middle of the night without having to switch on your outdoor lights.
The Hot Wheels R/C Cybertruck recreates the original truck’s rolling bed cover, so you can load the truck bed with toy-sized coolers and other provisions, as well as a telescopic tailgate that extends into a loading ramp, so you can push your smaller die-cast Hot Wheels to the truck bed, turning it into a car carrier of sorts. They even recreated the truck’s cracked window (you know, when Elon broke it after claiming it’s shatter-proof) using a vinyl sticker, which you can remove if you’d rather make your futuristic truck look a lot more pristine. The whole body, which is cast in plastic, is completely removable, making it easy to reveal the interior for accessing the internal drivetrain and battery system. It comes with its own radio controller, of course, along with a 3300mAh battery.
Aside from a 1/10 RC truck, the outfit is also releasing a smaller 1/64-scale model that you can race on standard Hot Wheels tracks. And yes, it comes with its own radio controller, so you can drive it around alongside its bigger 1/10-scale counterpart.
The Hot Wheels R/C Cybertruck 1/10-Scale is slated to come out in December, priced at $400.