JUST FOR FUN, WE TOOK A LOOK AT HOT WHEELS’ CAMARO THROUGH THE LENS WE USUALLY RESERVE FOR REAL-LIFE VEHICLES.
FIRST OFF, EMPLOYING a standard designer’ s trick and using photographs, I put a circle guide around a rear wheel of both the Hot Wheels Camaro and the production car. I then drew a tangent circle behind each version’s rear tire; the inscribed circle showed the rear overhang on the real thing is a bit less than one tire diameter. On the Hot Wheels car, the rear overhang is only half as much. So the wheels are indeed too big, just as Adam Barry, the car’s senior exterior designer, pointed out is typical (see page 18).
The same technique reveals the real Camaro’s wheelbase is roughly 3.75 wheel diameters. On the Hot Wheels, it’s 3.4 wheel diameters, so not too far off. The toy’s black sill piece is too thick, and to my eye, both the front and rear black pieces are as well. There are no side rearview mirrors on the little metal car, so we’ll ignore that discrepancy. I do wish I could see some indication of headlamps, even just a touch of paint.
This little Camaro is far from the type of caricatures created by the late famed cartoonist Dave Deal, but for the record, it’s not accurate in proportions or details. And that’s just fine: Look at the model, and you don’t need to turn it over and read the baseplate to know what it’s supposed to be. AM