Jay Leno takes a walk on the dark side with Hot Wheels’ Darth Vader car

Hot Wheels has a fully functioning, one-of-one car that’s shaped like Darth Vader’s helmet as the culmination of a collaboration between Lucasfilm and Hot Wheels which also birthed a die-cast model.

But whereas the small one can’t hit the road, the big one can, and they handed it over to Jay Leno to prove it.
The latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage takes a look at a car that’s far more steeped in Star Wars history than you might expect. Not only is the car modeled after Darth Vader’s helmet, it’s loaded with props from the old movies, as well, including the Sith’s own lightsaber hilt.

This car is an engineering marvel. Its underpinnings come from a sixth-generation Chevrolet Corvette, but nearly everything beyond the frame is completely custom. The canopy rises up similar to how Vader’s helmet comes off, the steering wheel is actually a yoke and there’s a separate handbrake that locks up just the rear wheels. Heck, it even emits Vader’s breathing noises when it’s sitting around in Leno’s garage.

Hot Wheels claims in the video that cars like this are “vehicular expressions of popular characters,” and we definitely get that here. It’s a hugely imposing car, and its proportions give off an aura of being powerful or downright menacing. However, just like the Dark Lord of the Sith himself, we doubt this car can drive through lava and emerge unscathed.

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