In 2005, Hot Wheels launched AcceleRacers, the successor to the Highway 35 World Race series. The story picked up from a 2 year timeskip and reintroduced 13 World Race characters and provided an all new cast. Starlight Runner Entertainment and Mainframe Entertainment were involved once more, though Starlight Runner's role/influence in the series slowly faded as they moved onto pursuing Pirates of the Caribbean with Disney. 

This series followed suit with its predecessor by introducing elements that bridged into other mediums. The main series was distributed through 4 DVDs. Other forms of media included the Cartoon Network website (now offline), the Hot Wheels AcceleRacers site (now offline), and 246 collectible cards. The landmarks of 36 brand new Hot Wheels designs and new accompanying play environments were celebrated at official entertainment exhibits such as the New York Toy Fair and San Diego Comic Con.

Other characters without entry pages include:

  • Brian Kadeem, driver of Krazy 8s
  • Gig, a floating X-88 robotic unit that Tezla confides with 
  • Lani Tam, base assistant and driver of '55 Nomad Ambulance
  • Banjee Castillo, driver of Ballistik 
  • Alec Wood, driver of Switchback (presumably)
  • Dan Dresden, driver of Sidedraft (presumably) 

In 2006, at the Nuremberg Toy Fair, Mattel announced that the AcceleRacers series would be discontinued. 



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