The Rip Rod is a real life recreation of a Hot Wheels toy car built in collaboration by Ford, Mattel, and Bandito Brothers. It was first introduced as a show car at the 2012 SEMA tuning car show and was later made drivable using a one-liter EcoBoost engine supplied by Ford.
|“||Is it a buggy? It is a hot rod? It doesn’t matter what you call the Rip Rod because this diminutive Hot Wheels ride is ready to shake things up on any surface. This beast is equipped with a souped-up two-cylinder motor that makes better than 100 hp. While that might not seem like much, in this rod, it is more than enough to thrill (or spill depending on your skills behind the wheel). One look at the suspension tells you this tricked out custom is ready for any terrain. This is a super lightweight tube chassis pro-built machine and it’s all Hot Wheels. In short, the Rip Rod really rips.||”|
— forzamotorsport.net 
The Rip Rod is powered by a mid-mounted 1-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder Ford EcoBoost Fox engine producing 205 hp (153 kW) and 206 ft·lb (280 N·m). The Rip Rod is a single-seater car, unlike most hot rods or buggies.
With a weight of 1874 lb (850 kg), the Rip Rod carries a power-to-weight ratio of 241 hp (180 kW) per tonne and, with an 8-speed sequential transmission driving the rear wheels, accelerates from 0 - 60 mph (97 km/h) in 8.1 seconds and 0 - 100 mph (161 km/h) in 25.2 seconds. It also reaches 138 mph (222 km/h) as top speed, although this can be changed to 201 mph (323 km/h) in the Hot Wheels Expansion via the use of Speed Boosts and Loop-the-Loops.
|Speed 4.9||Handling 6.8||Acceleration 7.8||Launch 7.8||Braking 7.0||B 700|
|Unlock: Purchase from the Autoshow||75,000 CR||150 T|
|DLC: Requires the Hot Wheels Expansion pack|
|Top Speed: 132.5 mph (213.2 km/h)||Championship: Buggies|
|Acceleration 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 8.119 s||0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 25.185 s|
|Braking 60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): 154.9 ft (47.2 m)||100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): 390.2 ft (118.9 m)|
|Lateral G's 60 mph (97 km/h): 0.76 g||120 mph (193 km/h): 0.74 g|
|Conversion - Engine|
|I4 Motorbike Engine|
1.6L I4 - Turbo Rally
3.0L V8 - Racing
|Conversion - Drivetrain|
- Despite having its first casting produced in 2014, the Rip Rod's year is shown as 2012. This matches the Rip Rod's introduction as a show car at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show.
- The forzamotorsport.net description for the Rip Rod incorrectly claims that the Rip Rod has a two-cylinder engine, when in reality, it has a 3-cylinder engine, which is also used in the game.
- The Rip Rod in the game comes with a unique green paint job, center-mounted taillights and differently-tilted twin exhaust pipes, and roof-mounted headlights that are otherwise either different from or not seen on the real life car, any of its castings, or other games' versions of the car.
- The Rip Rod is the only car introduced in the Hot Wheels Expansion to not have a corresponding achievement.
- Rip Rod on the Hot Wheels Wiki
- ↑ Introduction - Off Road Xtreme - The 1.0L Ford EcoBoost Brings the Hot Wheels Rip Rod to Life
- ↑ Description: Forza Motorsport - Forza Horizon 3 Hot Wheels
- ↑ Real life model: Autos.ca - http://www.autos.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/2015_MIAS_51.jpg