HUMAN COMPONENT: HOTWIRE
FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 41 (Joyride),
TRANSFORMERS # 42 (Hotwire)
each moment like it's your last."
Although a fierce warrior and a skilled technician,
Joyride is best known for his high-speed highway antics.
He drives too fast and too recklessly to be allowed on
the same road with most other vehicles. He only bothers
to pay attention to the traffic around him on those
occasions when he accidentally plows into some of it. His
thrill-seeking isn't limited to racing alone. The only
reason he joined the Autobots was for fun: He gets a kick
out of war. He can imagine nothing more enjoyable than
fighting a troop of fuelthirsty Decepticons, which is an
attitude that grates on some of his more serious-minded
comrades-in-arms. He's as quick to jump to conclusions as
he is to floor his accelerator. This impulsive behavior
often results in Joyride's pursuit of various
ill-considered courses of action. Often, only the
interference of some of his more thoughtful fellow
Autobots prevents him from falling victim to a disaster
of his own creation.
classified as a "chronic unlicensed private vehicle
procurer" on his home planet of Nebulos. On Earth he
would be called a car thief. After Hotwire was caught by
the authorities once too often, the brilliant Nebulan
scientist Hi Q gave him a chance to straighten his
life out by working at the Hi Q Industrial Research
Complex. Recognizing Hotwire's natural talent as a
mechanic, Hi Q employed him as his top systems
troubleshooter, a job in which Hotwire checked out and
de-bugged all of the complex's newest mechanical
creations. Hotwire excelled in this role, but his career
ended when he chose to undergo the Powermaster Process.
He was biomechanically engineered to have the ability to
transform and function as Joyride's engine. This binary
bonding has made each of the duo dependent on the other
for his survival.
In vehicle mode Joyride can reach a maximum speed of 525
miles per hour and has a range of 800 miles. His
titanium-belted tires secrete an adhesive that gives him
pinpoint maneuverability on virtually any road surface.
In both robot and vehicle modes he is equipped with a
photon blaster, which has the ability to lock the
molecular structure of any metallic target its beam
touches, resulting in the freezing of any moving
mechanism it hits.
Joyride is a frequent victim of his own impulsiveness. He
gets into numerous debilitating accidents and battles as
a result of his penchant for ill-considered decisions.