hot rod

noun Slang.
an automobile specially built or altered for fast acceleration and increased speed.

1940–45, Americanism Unabridged


[hot-rod] Slang.
verb (used without object), hot-rodded, hot-rodding.
to drive a hot rod.
to drive very fast.
verb (used with object), hot-rodded, hot-rodding.
to drive (a vehicle) very fast.
to adapt (a vehicle or its engine) for increased speed.

1945–50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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World English Dictionary
hot rod
a car with an engine that has been radically modified to produce increased power

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hot rod

An automobile modified to increase its speed and acceleration, as in Kids love to tinker with cars and try to convert them into hot rods. [Mid-1900s] Also see hopped up.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
Here are two ways to increase horsepower and bring out your ride's inner hot
But it's not entirely clear that a hot rod is really required here.
For example, a crew chief on a hot rod may also be involved in the tuning of
  the engine prior to the race.
In addition, such hot rod vehicles are often operated in a manner that causes
  tire squeal and excessively loud exhaust noise.
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