At Comic Con 2014, Hot Wheels unleashed a life-sized Darth Vader car on the world, and, for the right kind of Sith Lord-favoring car enthusiast, it was utterly impressive. Even those not enamored with Star Wars could enjoy the car as a demonstration of one-off design, or simply the fact that the car was powered by a 526-horsepower V-8.
This week, to celebrate the premiere of the new Star Wars movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, on December 18, the people at Jay Leno’s Garage released a video of Leno and the Hot Wheels Darth Vader car. In the short clip, Leno speaks with Hot Wheels design boss Bryan Benedict who explains the project.
We learn that the car is based on a C6 Chevrolet Corvette chassis and took just two months to build. There are Star Wars cues throughout, even in areas you can’t see. For example, one of the original lightsabers used for filming the early movies features in the cabin. And there’s also a six-speed manual transmission, because, well, Darth Vader must #GiveAShift.