Hot Wheels’ First Remote-Controlled Wheelchair Toy Features Paralympic Athlete Aaron Wheelz

Hot Wheels is teaming up with Paralympic athlete Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham to release a speedy remote-control wheelchair toy that’s ready to pull off all kinds of stunts.

Announced and launching on Tuesday, the Hot Wheels R/C Aaron Wheelz Rolling Chair looks a bit like a live-action version of a Tony Hawk Pro Skater game. The toy – which is the first from Hot Wheels to feature a wheelchair as a vehicle – features the likeness of Fotheringham, includes a ramp and includes a “wheelie boost” function to give the vehicle extra speed for big jumps or when race.

The $50 (about £40, AU$70) RC toy can move as fast as 10kph (6.2mph), and in the Hot Wheels demo clips provided it can clearly turn really fast and survive a complete reversal.

The toy is Hot Wheels’ first remote-controlled wheelchair toy.

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Hot Wheels says the toy and Fotheringham’s partnership are meant to encourage kids to take on challenges and overcome obstacles. Fotheringham himself is a five-time WCMX World Championship winner and has a plethora of videos online showcasing his wheelchair tricks. He recently performed the first Wheelchair Flair/backflip 180 and appeared on America’s Got Talent: Extreme this year where he placed second.