The San Diego Comic-Con officially begins on July 24, 2014, and there is so much to look forward to in the worlds of movies, television, comics, and more. One of the biggest things will actually be a full-sized Darth Vader car which will make its debut according to a report from Gizmag on July 23, 2014. While the Hot Wheels-sized vehicle may be enough for collectors, the life-sized Darth Vader car is a dream of all.
The Corvette-based Darth Vader car will indeed be appearing at Comic-Con this week, and it's to officially introduce the new line of "Star Wars"-inspired cars from Hot Wheels.
Mattel has already stated that the big model of the Darth Vader car will be fully functional and identical to the smaller 1:64 Hot Wheels version. Complete with Lightsaber side pipes and capable of speeds up to 80 mph, the vehicle even has Darth Vader's heavy breathing built into it.
Here are 10 things to know about the life-sized Darth Vader car per Car and Driver:
1.) It is indeed fully capable of being driven. The Darth Vader is said to have been road-tested at speeds of 80 mph, but some reports have it reaching 150 mph.
2.) Believe it or not, the Darth Vader car has a hand-actuated drift brake on the rear axle which can be used as a steering mechanism or to enjoy drifting.
3.) Darth Vader's signature breathing and the sounds of his Lightsaber can be heard coming directly from the car as controlled by an iPad.
4.) It is based on the C5 Chevrolet Corvette with a body made primarily of fiberglass. It actually weighs 50 percent less than the donor Corvette that it is based off of.
5.) The Darth Vader car is a GM LS3 V-8.
6.) It took a mere seven weeks to build the Darth Vader car. The Hot Wheels small toy version began design back in Nov. of 2013, but the full-size card development started in April of 2014. It took just under two months from design plans to building completion.
7.) The hatch of the vehicle opens just like Darth Vader's helmet. Making things even cooler is that there is a smoke-maker device built into the car that activates when the hatch opens for the full effect.
8.) There are numerous reflections of Lord Vader including the hood model after his chest plate in "The Empire Strikes Back." On both sides, there are mounted stainless steel missiles and side pipes modeled after Vader's signature red Lightsaber.
9.) The tires were custom-made by U.S. Mags and are special Hot Wheels redline aesthetic, and seem like they are primarily for show. Road tests prove that they handle very well and bring about great performance as well.
10.) When tested on the streets of Los Angeles, the Darth Vader car made virtually everyone drop what they were doing to stare in amazement. Designer Bryan Benedict has dreamed of doing something like this his entire life, and the Darth Vader car is his ultimate success story.