Sizzling Wheels launches first remote-controlled wheelchair toy

Hot Wheels launches first remote-controlled wheelchair toy
The toy was created in collaboration with five-time Wheelchair Motocross World Champion and Paralympic athlete Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham. Fotheringham, who was born with spina bifida and has been a full-time wheelchair user since the age of eight, is known for performing elaborate tricks and back flips in his wheelchair.
The toy, available by toymaker Mattel on Amazon, was crafted to mimic Fotheringham’s custom-built wheelchair and features a built-in action figure made to look like him, a remote control, and a ramp so users can perform tricks like he does.

For Fotheringham, the collaboration is a dream come true. “Growing up, I didn’t have anything like this,” the athlete told CNN. At the toy’s launch event, he saw children, including wheelchair users, “having fun” playing with the toy. “You could kind of see their faces light up,” he said.

Fotheringham’s wheelchair motocross career started with a visit to the skate park when he was just 8 years old. His brother suggested that he…