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|
|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|
|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|
|-||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):|
|-||2018||Target Red Editions||Red||stripes & Urban Outlaw logo on sides|
From the back of the 2017 card:
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.