As if Anki’s battling robot race cars weren’t fast or furious enough, the company’s unleashing an officially licensed Fast & Furious special edition set in September. And the new cars ⏤ Dom’s Ice Charger and Hobbs’ MXT ⏤ look frickin’ incredible.
For the uninitiated, Ankis are remote-controlled cars and trucks with artificial intelligence. Racers use their smartphones to steer them around a magnetic track while doing virtual battle (using customized weapons) within a video game on the app. Fire a missile on the screen, watch the real-life car come to a screeching halt.
Anki Overdrive: Fast & Furious Edition brings the franchise’s cars, characters (Dom, Hobbs, Letty, and Ludicrous), voices, and story lines to the track. The Rock’s iconic blue camo International MXT is armor-plated and comes with a sick rocket launcher to clear its path. Dom’s speedy gunmetal Ice Charger, meanwhile, rocks a grappling hook to snag and slow opposing cars. A new free F&F game app and branded track (that can build 8 configurations) are included. And while the F&F edition will be sold as a stand-alone game for $170, it’s fully compatible with other Anki cars and sets. Pre-order starts May 16.