Hot Sixty 4th: HW Team Transport #12
A look back on the 2019 mix 2 Team Transport #12 Nismo (hotsixty4th Car culture)
Welcome to Hot Sixty 4th where I showcase DLM 1/64 and smaller and sometimes slightly larger. When it first appeared in store I did not pick this up as I wasn't crazy about the color. When this was restock again this year, I thought I'll give it a shot and so for my 70th post in Drivetribe and 316th total post, I present to you the Hot Wheels Team Transport Nissan Skyline GT-R and Aero Lift under the Car Culture series.
Hot Wheels has been successful in bringing their Car Culture to collectors from JDM to European cars and still going strong. This time they introduced a new unlicensed truck called Aero Lift. But before we get into that let me provide a bit of info about Nismo. So what is Nismo? Nismo which stands for Nissan Motorsport International Limited is the in-house tuning, motorsports and performance division of Nissan that was formed in 1984 and has competed in JSPC, JTCC, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 24 Hours of Daytona. They currently participate in the Super GT, the Blancpain GT Series and Formula E.
The BNR34 version from Hot Wheels marked the introduction of the more fuel-efficient and environmentally-friendly RB25DET NEO engine. In fact if you own an actual Skyline and would like to turn it into a true blue Nismo, then you need to go to the Nismo Omori Factory near Yokohama, Japan. That's right, it's in Japan and it is a showroom, Nismo parts/accessories store and service center in one. Once you step into the showroom, it is almost like walking into a museum of past and present Nissan cars that were used in various racing events. In fact one of the cars is the actual Nissan silhouette made by TLV. Want to see how the workshop looks like? You can peek through the glass and you’ll notice how clean and spotless the workshop is.
This Skyline has tampos on both front and back (which are the essentials to me) with minimal artwork on the body that compose of the Black & Red stripes, checker on sides & hood, Nismo logo on Rear license plate and sides of spoiler. In other words no overdone artwork.
So next we have the Aero Lift. It has matching color with the Skyline but look at it carefully and see if you can guess where it was based on?
Well, have you determine the truck it was based on? To me it was based on the Nissan Atlas. What is that you asked? It is a JDM car transporter and if it still does not ring a bell, check out my previous post. It even mimics the slide and tilt function.
Here the cab and chassis is metal while the rest are plastic. Although both having functioning bed, the design on the Hot Wheels is more simplistic and tends to pop out if you pull it too hard. It does have plastic headlights which is a plus.