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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]

The item's description was written by Shapechanger for the Hat Describing Contest.

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 Update)

December 15, 2011 Patch #1 (Australian Christmas 2011)

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

November 12, 2013 Patch


  • 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 are a reference to custom-built American cars with large engines, also called hot rods, which stereotypically sport a fiery paint job.
  • Hot rodding is also a technique of cutting plate steel, rather than welding, with regular stick welding equipment. To a much lesser extent, hot rod can also refer to the welding rod or to a person who welds.