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Now that there was a fine piece 'a work.
The Engineer on his welding

The Hotrod is a community-created cosmetic item for the Engineer. It is a gray welding helmet with team-colored flame patterns. When the Engineer is holding a blueprint of a building or hauling a building, the Hotrod flips down over his face.[1]

Update history

March 18, 2010 Patch (First Community Contribution Update)

  • The Hotrod was added to the game.

March 19, 2010 Patch

September 30, 2010 Patch (Mann-Conomy Update)

  • [Undocumented] Added a community-contributed description for the Hotrod.
  • [Undocumented] The Hotrod can now be uncrated with Unusual quality.

October 27, 2010 Patch (Scream Fortress)

December 15, 2011 Patch (Australian Christmas 2011)

  • Changed the equip region from "Whole Head" to "Hat."


  • A Spy disguised as an Engineer who is wearing a Hotrod will have the hat flip down over his face upon switching to any kind of Sapper. This is due to the fact that Sappers count as buildables.



  • The name and flame design is a reference to custom-built American cars with large engines, also called hot rods, which stereotypically sport a fiery paint job.



  1. TF2: Engineer's HotRod animation