Celebrity guest judges Anthony Anderson, WWE Superstar Big E, Terry Crews, Sung Kang, Jay Leno and Joel McHale will help determine the winners of NBC new epic car makeover contest Hot Wheels: Ultimate Challengepremieres Tuesday, May 30, 2023 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Hot Wheels: Ultimate Challenge revs up to give car enthusiasts and Hot Wheels super fans the opportunity of a lifetime – transforming a nostalgic car from their past into the full-size Hot Wheels of their dreams. Hosted by car enthusiast Rutledge Wood, each episode will invite two superfans to the Chrome Zone, where they will compete to transform an ordinary vehicle into an extraordinary Hot Wheels showtopper, inspired by personal stories and cultural touchstones. pop. Working alongside a team of automotive wizards known as “The Car Pool”, the two superfans will create their creations in high-tech and decorated garages. The winner of each episode will take home $25,000 and the chance to advance to the finale, where three lucky finalists will transform another car in hopes of winning a legendary prize – another $50,000 and the honor of having their build transformed into an official Hot Wheels die-cast car.
The celebrities invited in rotation for Hot Wheels: Ultimate Challenge will each join host Rutledge Wood and resident experts Dalal Elsheikh, designer for the Ford Motor Company, and automotive culture influencer Hertrech “Hert” Eugene Jr., in a season-long episode, where they will go on review the car’s epic transformations and crown a winner.
Jay Leno joins the final episodes and will have a role in determining what transformation will be made into an official Hot Wheels die-cast car.
Ted Wu, Global Design Manager for Mattel’s Vehicles Division, also joins the finale, providing unparalleled Hot Wheels expertise when selecting a winner.
The winner Hot Wheels: Ultimate Challenge The die-cast car will be available for purchase on Mattel Creations, Mattel’s direct sales and collection platform immediately after the finale.
The superfans joining the show are:
Luidgi Aldator | Brooklyn, New York
Rob Ander | Gilbert, Ariz.
Felix Arguelles | Los Angeles, CA
Angela Arnold | Gilberttown, AL
Michael Cooney | Chicago, IL
Jadejha Edwards | Houston, TX
“Jersey” Jim Farrel | Forked River, New Jersey
Arushi Garg | Houston, TX
Nick Harrisson | Hammond, LA
Aldavid Jimerson | Phoenix, AZ
Caroline Johnson | washington d.c.
Terri Jones | Birmingham, AL
Kevin Lister | Houston, TX
Chris Parker | Manhattan, NY
Laurent Partin | Peebles, Ohio
Sheilah Spencer | Cedar Hill, TX
The members of “The Car Pool” are:
Paul Bacon | Coalville, United Kingdom
Rachel Bohet | Kamloops, BC
Tony Bush Jr | Hayward, California
Pa’trice Frazier | Sicklerville, New Jersey
Cody Ingrassie | East Dundee, IL
Preston Ingrasia | East Dundee, IL
Mark Kelley | Indianola, Iowa
Claudia La Bianca | Miami, Florida
chris lee | Bay Shore, NY
Little Savannah | Fountain, CO
Christopher Michaels | Atlanta, Georgia
Rico Montgomery | Cayce, South Carolina
Bob Partington | Burbank, California
Charlie Seward | Somerton, United Kingdom
Michel Sciortino | Las Vegas, Nevada
Does Trickett | Dilton Marsh, United Kingdom
Hot Wheels: Ultimate Challenge is an original format developed and produced by Endemol Shine North America in association with Workerbee under license from Mattel Inc. Executive producers are showrunner Tim Warren, along with Andy Thomas, Sharon Levy, DJ Nurre and Michael Heyerman of Endemol Shine North America ; Rick Murray and Chris Hale of Workerbee (a British Banijay company); and Fred Soulie and Phil Breman of Mattel Television.
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