Volkswagen Käfer Racer
Debut Series HW Speed Graphics
Produced 2017 - Present
Designer Mark Jones
Number DTW93
Volkswagen Käfer Racer-2017 056


The Volkswagen Käfer Racer (with "Käfer" pronounced as "Kaefer", meaning 'beetle' in German) is a Hot Wheels original model that is based on a Volkswagen Beetle, and was designed by Mark Jones. His objective was "to find the ultimate, crazy racing VW", but one that Volkswagen would agree to because of licensing. Jones took a Custom Beetle and added some parts to the underside and the back. The Käfer Racer appears to have taken inspiration from a VW Beetle Super Saloon and VWs racing in the Fun Cup. The first release was inspired by the Momo-sponsored Porsche 935/78-81 'Moby Dick' raced by Gianpiero Moretti in the IMSA GT series in the early 1980s. The car has downforce tunnels on the underside of the Beetle, a V8 engine with two exhaust pipes sticking out, and an air scoop on the roof.


The Volkswagen Käfer Racer has come out in the following 1/64 scale versions:

Col # Year Series Color Tampo Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
056 / 365 2017 HW Speed Graphics 2/10 Red Yellow stripes on sides and top, 'MOMO' on sides and wing Black / Plastic Tinted (Black) Grey Yellow 5SP DTW93 Malaysia Base code(s): J38, J39, J42

2017 New Model

156 / 365 2017 HW Speed Graphics 2/10 Black Yellow stripes on sides and top, 'MOMO' on sides and wing Red / Plastic Tinted (Red) Grey Yellow 5SP DVB60 Malaysia Base code(s): K02

2017 New Model

Volkswagen Käfer Racer DVB60
002 / 365 2018 Legends of Speed 2/10 Metalflake Dark Blue White stripes & Urban Outlaw logo on sides Black / Plastic Tinted (Black) Grey Yellow 5SP FJW06 Malaysia Base code(s): K31 VWKaferRacerFJW06
- 2018 Toy Fair 2018 Light Blue & White Gulf logo on sides & hood, Orange stripes on top, 'Gulf' on wing, Orange details Orange / Plastic Tinted (Black) Grey Goodyear Eagle Chrome Orange & Grey TRR ? Malaysia Base code(s): Volkswagen Käfer Racer 2018 Toy Fair side view
- 2018 Target Red Editions Red stripes & Urban Outlaw logo on sides

2017 card

From the back of the 2017 card:

Born: 2017
Birthplace: El Segundo
Designer: Hot Wheels® & Volkswagen
Specialty: This radically modified Volkswagen Käfer Racer features "think big" design with a stretched "bug" body over a full-race chassis, rear-mounted V8 motor, and swoopy fenders that generate downforce to keep this beastly racer low-to-the-road.


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