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Hot Wheels: Acceleracers is a CGI-animated saga by created by Mainframe Entertainment, known for the Genre Launch of CGI animation after creating ReBoot, and endorsed by Mattel, creator of the Hot Wheels toy franchise on which the films are based. The movies ran as specials on the Toonami block of Cartoon Network.

Continuing after the events of Hot Wheels World Race, former multiversal grand prix competitors turned street racers, Vert Wheeler, Taro Kitano & brothers Kurt and Markie Wylde find themselves teaming back up with Dr. Peter Tesla. Gelorum and her army of Racing Drones have reappeared to take back the Wheel of Power and are accessing the Racing Realms. The Racing Realms have tracks that are dominated by specific elements that make for severe driving conditions (such as the Fog Realm for driving in, well, fog conditions). Those who conquer a Realm gains an Accelecharger which allows a car to drive with no complications in the conditions of the associated realm. With the help of Dr. Tezla, the racers enter the realms to obtain the Accelechargers before Gelorum's Drones do. However, the racers find themselves vexed by the sudden emergence of a mysterious fourth group dubbed the Silencerz, whose enigmatic motives are masked behind private communications and incredible technology. With a new potential enemy lurking in the shadows, the situation grows more complicated as the drivers attempt to find what lies at the end of the Accelerons' creations.

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The movies stand as follows:

  • Hot Wheels: AcceleRacers – Ignition (Released January 8, 2005, 60 minutes)
  • Hot Wheels: AcceleRacers – The Speed of Silence (Released March 19, 2005, 60 minutes)
  • Hot Wheels: AcceleRacers – Breaking Point (Released June 25, 2005, 60 minutes)
  • Hot Wheels: AcceleRacers – The Ultimate Race (Released October 1, 2005, 60 minutes)

A much more detailed synopsis of all four movies that originally was part of this page's description can be found on the Recap page.

For the most part, it was Merchandise-Driven, just like its predecessor, Hot Wheels: Highway 35 World Race. The competent storyline and very vehicle in the toyline being tailor-made to fit in with the story suggests it was also made for the art, much like ReBoot. Because Mattel paid to make these movies, it was impossible to be Screwed by the Network, as they would just take their business elsewhere—but the company that did the CGI animation was another story.

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All four movies were released to shelves over the course of 2005, but for unknown reasons, the series was Left Hanging at the end of the fourth film. This was due to a switch at Mattel's internal staff that lead to the new executives cancelling the shows planned Second Season.

Unfortunately, a large period of time has muddled the presence of AcceleRacers, as itis never seen beyond the internet these days. However, when a film hits the YouTube community, it gains notable viewership. Until the cliffhanger is resolved (Which is very unlikely given the films' age), this series floats in limbo. More recently, Vert Wheeler's character reappeared as the lead character in Hot Wheels Battle Force 5, but that series has no connection to World Race and AcceleRacers and is part of a Spiritual Successor production in a separate continuity.


Hot Wheels: AcceleRacers provides examples of:

  • Acceptable Breaks from Reality:Vert's jumping off the track and falling down several dozens meters to catch up to Gelorum in the Cliffside Realm should have destroyed his car on impact. Possibly justified, however, since the Accelerons might have tweaked with gravity in that realm.
    • Either that, or his car is Made of Indestructium.
  • Adorkable: Monkey. He's so awkward and silly that you gotta just love him.
  • All Just a Dream: At the beginning of the Speed of Silence,Dr. Tezla without his biosuit is an indication that the attack by Gelorum and the drones on the Acceledrome is only this. In hindsight, so is the green-glowing symbol as it never appears on the hologram at any other point.
  • All There in the Manual: There was a collectible card game released as a tie-in to the movies which provides various bits of info about the setting of Acceleracers, especially the realms. Some interesting Realms shown in the series include the Micro Realm, where the racers are shrunk to the size of toy cars, the Warped Realm, where Reality Is Out to Lunch, the Reactor Realm, which takes place in what's left of a nuclear power plant, the Blizzard Realm, which has the worst of the Ice Realm turned Up to Eleven and the Solar Realm, which is a massive lap around the sun as the racers avoid the occasional sunspot that lands on the track.

  • Applied Phlebotinum: The Accelechargers; and just like the World Race, Nitrox-2
  • Art Evolution: Some of the characters from Highway 35 look different. Most notable are the changes to Taro and Lani.
  • Badass Crew: Everyone shows off their awesomeness at some point. It may be beating up robots, standing up to a tougher opponent, or just straight up being a capable driver with some serious skills. It's definitely shown in the final movie, where the two teams have finally teamed up together to save Markie from the drones. While this goes on, Vert has to race against Gelorum, who has all the Accelechargers. All of the drivers plus Lani and Tezla put in their effort and give a little somehow. With Lani giving tips to Vert that definitely helped him win the race to Monkey taking down the driver drone of the Sweeper in the Cosmic Realm, it just shows how amazing everyone is. Don't you dare mess with this crew.
  • The Big Guy: Porkchop. He's the most big and buff out of all the Metal Maniacs.
    • The Metal Maniacs (save for Monkey) are generally bulkier than the other characters.
  • Blade Brake: An interesting take; rather than a conventional handbrake, some Metal Maniac cars have these instead, pulling the car to a stop almost instantly.
  • Book-Ends: The first movie shows the sign to Highway 35 being knocked off its post, indicating that the good times of the World Race are long past. In the fourth movie, Markie sees the displaced sign and remounts it, signifying all is well again.
  • Butt-Monkey: Monkey. He's usually the one getting the most scared.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Too many times to count. It's become a staple of the series for this to happen.
  • Catch-Phrase: Move some metal! (by the Metal Maniacs).
  • Call-Back:
    • In the beginning of Ignition, Wylde drives off a cliff, and quickly uses a grappling hook to keep himself from falling to his death. Back in the World Race, the same situation happened with his Wave Rippers Corvette Stingray during the Ice part of the track (the Fourth Leg of the Race), heavily foreshadowing that this time around, things are serious and dangerous from the very beginning.
    • The final battle with the Drones takes place in the Drones' Headquarters, in the ruins of Hot Wheels City, where the World Race last ended with a battle against CLYP.
    • When Kurt and Mark fight Kadeem, there's a brief moment where Kadeem is hanging by his hands over a long drop. The last time this happened was back in the World Race, where Kadeem fought Kurt for the fake Wheel of Power.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The drone (a.k.a Sparky) that comes through the portal with Vert gives Karma knowledge on how the Racing Drones operate. Kurt's plan in the Ultimate Race couldn't have happened without Taro in the Water Realm and his Miracle Rally attempt that lands him in the Drone Headquarters.
    • Chekhov's Boomerang: Sparky provides the distraction Vert needs to drive Reverb in pursuit of Gelorum in the Ultimate Race, and then eventually clues the other drivers that Vert is alive at the end of the Ultimate Race.
    • Chekhov's Gunman: Shirako is this as a driver. If he shows up inside the Realm, he's going to do something very important plot-wise. This usually entails screwing up the track's plan (done in the Swamp, Cavern Realm, and Junk Realm) with Bassline. If not, he's shown having his vehicle transport destroyed (Nightlife in the Pipeline Realm, Baseline in both the Cliffside Realm and the Drone HQ) for something plot relevant. He also gives Monkey the Drone legs that become the bottom half to Sparky at the end of the Junk Realm. His Cliffside Realm maneuver is even copied by Vert in the Ultimate Race.
  • Collectible Card Game: They made one where you get through racing realms using cards.
  • Continuity Nod: Kurt's time as Zed-36 under Gelorum. Kadeem beating Kurt in a fight during the World Race.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Teku have blue, Metal Maniacs have muted tones and red, Racing Drones have green and the Silencerz have purple.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Most all the drivers have a set color palet for their cars, (if the car is not destroyed) , to help memorize who is driving what, along with the aforementioned Color-Coded Characters. note 
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: The true fate of the lost driver Kadeem. After getting lost in the Storm Realm the drones take him and mess him up quite badly. He's only part-human now.
  • Darker and Edgier: So very much.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Monkey's full name, Mitchell Mc Clurg. To a smaller extent, Porkchop, Deezul Riggs.
  • Down To The Last Driver: Vert in the Ultimate Race, Taro in the Water Realm.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The swamp monsters in the Swamp Realm.
  • The Faceless: The Silencerz. We only get to see one of them without their helmets.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: When Lani wonders how all eight of the drivers could get inside the Drone HQ, she trails off, a Gilligan Cut follows of the drivers actually doing it.
  • Flat Character: Shirako, due to his lack of personality outside "listening to music" in the Realms to the Drones' disadvantage, and the fact that he keeps disappearing Mid-Realm (from the viewer standpoint) at arguably the worst possible time.
  • Foil:
    • The Teku and the Metal Maniacs are rivaling street racing groups, who contrast each other in looks/clothes, taste of music and the designs of their cars.
    • Nolo (young and sometimes short-tempered) and Tork (experienced and calm).
  • Forgiveness: In Ultimate Race, Tork apologizes to Nolo for Tone's death, at which Nolo finally admits it wasn't Tork's fault—it was Tone's, as he hadn't paid attention while drifting.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Tezla's dream at the beginning of Speed of Silence foreshadows that the drones will get all of the Accelechargers.
    • The two "realm cars" who leave the freeway in the beginning, and trying to escape the Sweeper near the end of the Metro Realm foreshadows that the regular drivers and the Racing Drones aren't the only ones in the realm.They're the Silencerz.
    • A minor one, but in the Cliffside Realms, two Drone cars corner Shirako but don't actively attack like normal Drones would. They're also Silencerz of course
    • The wreckage of Banjee's car seen in the Swamp Realm indicates that Tezla sent in more drivers who likely died in the realms and is not telling the Teku or Metal Maniacs about their fates and not bothering to search for the missing drivers
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Deora II and the racing Drone at the end of the Storm realm.
  • Homing Boulders: The Drone's ram/bumper weapon is to follow the track despite not having any apparent guidance mechanism.
  • Happy Ending Override: After Gelorum has escaped in the World Race, this was bound to happen:
    • To start, Hot Wheels City has been completely taken over by the Drones, altering it to their design and turning it into their HQ.
    • Dr. Tezla is stuck in his bio-suit indefinitely after his failed attempt to retrieve the Wheel of Power.
    • Kurt's and Markie's relationship has taken a turn for the worst during the time skip.
    • Few ex-World Race drivers have already attempted to race against the Drones (and the realms). None came back.
  • "How Did You Know?" "I Didn't.": Taro invokes this at the Junk Realm against a Silencer posing as Kurt.
  • Hood Hornament: Old Smokey is a huge flatbed truck driven by Porkchop with a pair of bull horns attached to the grill.
  • Identical Stranger: Kurt for some reason finds Karma's appearance oddly familiar to Gelorum, calling it "an unusual resemblence". Luckily for us, that doesn't imply something dark...
  • Idiot Houdini: Shirako, Bassline only sustains damage once and even after Shirako bails using the EDR in the Cliffside Realm, it reappears. On top of that, even though he can't hear his surroundings due to his headphones, he never once gets caught in a trap in any Realm. Not even when he has a pair of drone legs obscuring his vision on the portion of the Junk Realm, where bad timing leads you getting swatted off the track with a giant revolving metal spike ball.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Metal Maniac cars are often equipped with deployable spears. They're more often used to hook onto a much larger vehicle than to actually impale something. The only two vehicles that have been impaled were the Sweepers that had captured a driver, and the lead Drone in the Swamp Realm.
  • Irony: At the end of "World Race", Gelorum asks how well Vert would drive with only half a car. Fastforward to AcceleRacers, Vert completes the Storm Realm with only the front half of his car, giving the Deora II the honor of being the only World Race car to be sliced in half in the realms.
    • Despite being a surfer and an ex Wave Ripper, Vert fails spectacularly in the Water Realm.
    • Banjee's car is seen, half submerged in the Swamp Realm after it fell off the track in the short cut. Porkchop, the one who doesn't need easy shortcuts, doesn't suffer the same fate.
    • None of the Teku win the Metro Realm, despite them all being street racers, and Kurt being the former leader of the Street Breed during the World Race.
  • Just a Machine: Gig has this opinion of the drones, and himself leading him to sacrifice himself to destroy the drones, rather than letting Dr. Tezla do it.
  • Left Hanging: The series ends on a cliffhanger and the only closure on the matter is Mattel saying the series is permanently cancelled. GREAT.
  • Leitmotif: The Teku are often associated with techno and bass, much to the chagrin of the Metal Maniacs (Pork Chop tends to be the only one getting worked up). Metal Maniacs on the hand often played guitar rifts like rock and metal. Both of which reflects their style and personality quite well.
  • Look Behind You: A variant by Nolo and Tork in the Metro Realm. Nolo pulls Tork down to safety, while RD-L1 turns, just in time to be blown apart by the overpass that the Sweeper is passing under.
  • Madeof Explodium: Whenever a Racing Drone is forced off the track or crashes into a wall. If they're not squashed, smashed or broken into pieces, expect an explosive end for that poor robot.
  • Match Cut: Happens in the Ultimate Race, when the drone planes in the drones HQ turn into the Cavern Realm's bats.
  • Mecha-Mooks: The drones.
  • Merchandise-Driven: Every car highlighted in the show was made into a Hot Wheels car for the 2005 model line (and many have been re-issued for later model lines). It's painfully obvious after the Storm Realm in Ignition. Of the 35 cars present in the World Race, only the front half of the Deora II is able to finish a Realm. Slingshot, '70 Plymouth Road Runner, Crazy 8s, Sidedraft (Dan Dresden's car), Ballistik (Banjee's car), and Switchback (Alec Wood's car) are confirmed to be lost or destroyed racing through the Realms. ( Ballistik makes a cameo in the Swamp Realm, giving it the unlikely honor of the most recent appearance of a World Race car.) Slingshot ends up overturned with a wheel snapped off, resulting in its abandonment, because there's no time to rescue it before the portal shuts. Krazy 8's has its parachute vaporized by Drones, sending it plummeting into the abyss. Taro's '70's Roadrunner has its electronics toasted by a freak lightning strike, it actually gets towed out of the realm but is never used again. Deora II almost joins the completely lost list, becoming half the car it used to be when Vert skims through the portal just as it closes, and it effectively bisects his vehicle between dimensions upon shutting. All the old cars get abandoned in the Storm Realm.
  • Miracle Rally: Taro attempts this at the end of the Water Realm. He gets out in the nick of time, merely losing half of his rear bumper.
  • Mythology Gag: Vert's dad is the son of the main character from the old 1960s Hot Wheels television show: Jack "Rabbit" Wheeler.
  • Nitro Boost: The Nitrox-2 makes a return but along the way, Monkey develops a new formula dubbed "Nitrox-3 1/2" which allows a driver to go 300 mph in reverse! This is demonstrated by Taro when he ended up in the Drone HQ by accident.
    • In The Ultimate Race, Tezla installed a Nitrox-2 Afterburner in Vert's Reverb. It seems to give more kick compared to the usual Nitrox 2 and can be used a lot more sparingly.
  • Long NOO!!!!: Monkey's reaction when Gig tells him they aren't getting paid.
  • Once More, with Clarity!:
    • The last time we see the flashback to Tone's crash we see that he actually recovered just fine from Tork hitting him and then lost control while drifting. This is also when Nolo forgives Tork.
    • The first part of the cliffside realm ends with Kurt ramming Shirako off the track. The second and third parts show that a drone had damaged Shirako's car to the point where it would explode but his music was too loud for him to hear the others warn him, Kurt rammed him to force him to EDR.
  • One-Liner: "I've got trouble." —- Taro. Cue fifteen seconds later, "I've got more trouble."
  • Only the Worthy May Pass: Each racing realm has a different type of challenge to overcome. Only a racer who learns to overcome it will reach the finish.
    • Only a racer who passes through each realm using skill, and not the Accele-Chargers, may join the Accelerons
  • Plot Parallel: The Water Realm almost perfectly sums up the realms for the drivers before the Ultimate Race. Vert continues to experience sub-par driving. Markie attempts to take revenge on Kurt only for the drones to wreck it. A Teku driver uses the Swamp Accelecharger to get back onto the track. And Shirako either plays his music loudly or is unaccounted for half the Realm.
  • Poor Communication Kills: This is the major Fatal Flaw of the heroes. Several things could have turned out differently had they communicated with each other properly. Not helping is Dr. Tezla withholding critical information from them.
    • In the Storm Realm, Kadeem tells Taro that they should work with each other in order to take on the Racing Drones. Rather than heed to his advice, Taro does the usual "I'm gonna pass you" and leaves Kadeem to fend for himself against the Drones, which ends badly.
    • In the Water Realm, after Karma discovers how the Drones win the realms, she tries to give Vert advice on what to do in the Water Realm. Unfortunately, Vert was being too full of himself as he was caring more about setting a record. This leads to him crashing his car and preventing himself from winning the realm.
  • Portal Cut: Happens to anyone unlucky enough to go through a portal as it closes.
  • Power Glows: Whenever the Accelechargers are used during driving.
    • The Acceleron's telekinesis on Gelorum and creating a Wheel of Power.
  • Precursors: The Accelerons are sufficiently advanced beings whose members are able to create dimension portals and Wheels of Power, use telekinesis and transform existing matter into another form just by moving their fingers.
  • The Quiet One: Despite his loud music, it's Shirako, to the point where some of Realm's plots begin to rely on forgetting about him unless he's necessary. He's not shown captured in the Swamp Realm. He's not anywhere near Taro at the end of the Water Realm (but is confirmed to get out), despite clearly getting back on the Track. And you wonder how he got out of the Pipeline Realm, considering he was standing in front of two Silencerz cars after his motorcycle got trashed.
    • The second one wasn't a Silencerz car though. It was Dr. Tesla.
    • Taro qualifies as well.
  • Ramming Always Works: Even more prominent in comparison to World Race. Especially when you got racing robots that will literally try to drive you off the road, you might as well return the favor. The rugged cars of the Metal Maniacs has this advantage. Kurt uses this to destroy two drones in the Swamp Realm. Monkey does this with the hijacked Sweeper during the assault on the Drone HQ.
  • The Reveal:
    • Vert's dad is one of the Silencerz.
    • When the drivers are heading into the Swamp Realm, Tork asks Tezla on which track they should take.
    • This implied that previous drivers went into the realms.It was later confirmed in the movie and later in the series that Alec, Dan, and Banjee previously went in and got lost leading to the viewers seeing Banjee's car abandoned in the swamp realm. We don't even know if any of them are alive anymore.
  • Robot War: On racetracks!
  • Robot Buddy: Gig for Dr. Tezla. Tezla cares for Gig as if he was a son. Sparky is also this for the drivers.
  • Rubber Band A.I.: With the exception of the Swamp Realm, the drones are this.
  • Ruins for Ruins' Sake: Averted so very much. It's an actual Realm, and it gives a history of the Racing Drones and the Accelerons.
  • Running Gag: Any drone not in a car near Shirako always end up getting destroyed due to Bassline, to the point where he takes out more drones than anybody else in the series.
  • Secret Test of Character: The racing realms were designed to create "the perfect driver". Each realm teaching a different kind of driving skill. The point of the final race is not to be first. Rather to show your skill by making it through each realm over again, and not using the Accele-Chargers.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • Monkey tries to get Tork to drive him out of the Acceledrome after coming back from the Storm Realm but he had other plans after hearing of what the Drones did.
    • Taro says a variation after ending up the Drone HQ by accident at the conclusion of his first go through of the Water Realm.
      • "I'm out." — Taro
  • Serious Business: The Accelerons treat racing like this, given all the effort they put into engineering the racing realms.
  • Sequel Hook: A huge one, unfortunately the series is on a "Indefinite Hiatus" (read: Cancelled permanently) outside several unsuccessful fan made attempts to give the series a proper conclusion.
  • Skewed Priorities: Dr. Tezla only started to install the ED Rs into every car when the racers began winning Accelechargers. Lani quickly realises he cares more about the Accelechargers than his own drivers and questions what really happens if the Drones keep winning said Accelechargers.
  • Spanner in the Works: Shirako and his usage of Bassline's speakers. The Accelerons clearly didn't plan for him blasting his music at the giant bugs and bats in the Swamp and Cavern Realms respectively. Nor for him to cause the Junk Realm piles to collapse on the track. The Drones certainly didn't plan on him either as he both dispatches a group of Drone motorcyclists or provides the inspiration for Vert during the Cliffside Realm in the Ultimate Race. If Vert hadn't done it, Gelorum would have won the race by a landslide.
  • Steel Eardrums: Shirako's. He should have gone deaf by now. This is even lampshaded in the Cliffside Realm

    • Lani: Doesn't he know that listening to loud music will damage his hearing?

    • Nolo: Yeah I tried to tell him, but he acted like he didn't hear me.

  • Strong as They Need to Be: Shirako's Bassline (And eardrums) In the Cliffside Realm mini-episode, a drone disrupts Shirako's boosters to point where his car will explode if he tries using them. Yet in the Junk Realm, the same thing happens and Bassline doesn't suffer any damage. The strength and frequency of the car's soundwaves also varies, able to be heard without deafening the listener, and yet still be able to destroy Drone Motorcycle bots and giant bugs and bats.
  • Stunned Silence: When Taro accidentally ends up in the Drone HQ
  • Theme Music Power-Up: Music tends to pump up the viewers based on what's on screen. 2 instances in Ignition include the catchy metal theme when Markie's car first appeared and the techno bass music Nolo played during his impromptu race with Tork.
  • Third Realm Stupidity: Vert in the water Realm
  • This Is a Drill: The Drill Hyperpod.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Nolo has Tone's broken necklace from the crash that killed him.
  • Tron Lines: Not overtly, but they are part of the drones' design and their base of operation.
    • Some of the racing realms have these as well.
  • Unwilling Roboticisation: What Gelorum has had done to Kadeem and Marky - the latter is rescued soon enough that only one of his arms is replaced. The first becomes a Gelorum-like drone]].
  • Virtual Training Simulation: Karma is seen using one.
  • The Voiceless: The Silencerz never speak aloud while seen on screen. It's subverted at the end of Ultimate Race when Jack Wheeler reveals himself to be as one of the Silencerz to Vert and tell his son they need to talk.
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: Silencerz provide a minor example.

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