I have found that many Hot Wheels I have collected recently have been designed by one man: Jun Imai.
Some of these cars are copies of real vehicles others are from Jun Imai’s imagination.
I am not usually a fan of Imagination Vehicles but there are some exceptions. Mad Manga is a casting in a Japanese custom style called: Bosozoku. Extreme fenders, skirts, exhaust pipes and star graphics are what can be found. The styling also contains elements of the 70s Skyline. I made a post about Mad Manga earlier. Ultra-Rage was a vehicle I got in a three pack I’m not sure what inspired its design. Avant Garde looks like a Citroen DS prototype, the model I have was one of the cars decorated to celebrate the Brazil World Cup (HW City-Goal), mine representing the French team, others were decorated to represent nine other teams, in the shops I ve seen the Hyundai Genesis (South Korea), Torque Twister (Argentina) and Audacious (Brazil). I haven’t see the model in England decorations Yur So Fast….but after the disappointing display of the England team in Brazil, I am not especially intent on finding it.
The first Jun Imai design listed on the Hot Wheels Wikia is Covelight, which I have in the Spiderman Venom guise. One of the most recent (2017) is the Nissan Fairlady 2000.
Here is a video clip of Jun Imai talking about the Fairlady 2000:
Jun Imai is responsible for introducing many JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) models into the Hot Wheels range.
The Mazda RX-7 has been flared-out in the Hot Wheels spirit of “speed, power and performance” with an aero kit inspired by the IMSA GTU RX-7 race cars, The name on the car, B. Ozaki, belongs to Brandon Ozaki, who works in Mattel’s painting group and owns a widebody RX-7 himself. His son’s initials are also B. Ozaki and was born on the 20th, hence the #20 on the door. The AE-86 is like the one in the Japanese Manga Initial D. It is also one of Jun Imai’s first designs.
Here is a link to a video clip of Jun Imai: Jun Imai
Jun Imai also designs American vehicles like these two. My favourite of his designs is probably the Nissan Skyline H/t 2000 GT-X.
Here on the Hot Wheels Wiki are a selection of his designs comprising 44 vehicles Jun Imai Designs.