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Solar Eagle III
Debut Series First Editions
Produced 1998 - 2001
Designer Kevin Gray
Number 650
Solar Eagle III-1998 First Editions


Description

The Solar Eagle III is a Hot Wheels casting which debuted in the 1998 First Editions Series and was designed by Kevin Gray.

It is based on the real-life Solar Eagle III which was a solar-powered electric racecar built by students under the guidance of faculty and staff of Cal State L.A. Solar Car Team from California State University. On Saturday, June 28, 1997, the Solar Eagle III won the prestigious Sunrayce 1997, the national intercollegiate solar car race. It completed the 1,230 mile, 10 day event without any breakdowns and finished 20 minutes in front of its nearest competitor.

The Hot Wheels Solar Eagle III features a reflective top section, mimicking the real-life solar panels. It also has a an opaque black canopy which hides the fact that it does not have an interior. It also has three small MC1 wheels, which does not make it compatible with some Hot Wheels playsets. It only had a short time in production after it was unofficially discontinued after its 2001 release.

Versions

The Solar Eagle III has come out in the following versions:

Col # Year Series Color Tampo Base Color / Type Window Color Panel Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
912 1998 First Editions
23/40
Yellow Black stripes, Black '8' & 'Cal State L.A.', & Red 'Solar Eagle III' on sides, Chrome Dark Blue solar panels Metalflake Black / Metal Black Blue MC1 18842 Malaysia Solar Eagle III-1998 First Editions
N/A 1999 Solar Racing Action Pack Darker Yellow Black stripes, Black '8' & 'Cal State L.A.', & Red 'Solar Eagle III' on sides, Chrome Dark Blue solar panels Black / Metal Black N/A MC1 18740 China Image Not Available
5pk 1999 World Racers Black Yellow, Red & White Stripes, 'World Racing Federation' and 'Brad Lee Racing 03' Black / Metal Black Silver MC1 21084 Malaysia SolarEagleIIIWorldRacers5PK
176 2000 Mainline Red "Cal State L.A.," "Solar Eagle III" and "Cal State logo" Black / Metal Black Black MC1 25377 Thailand Also Found in Star Explorers 5-Pack Solar Eagle III 2000
170 2001 Mainline Orange "Cal State L.A.," "Solar Eagle III" and "Cal State logo" Black / Metal Black Black MC1 53713 Malaysia Solar Eagle III - 8189cf

1998-card

From the back of the 1998-card:

NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPION OF SUNRAYCE 1997
The SOLAR EAGLE III is the result of the remarkable talents of Cal State L.A. Engineering & Technology students.

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