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The custom Carbon Motors E7 police cruiser starring in the upcoming Robocop movie will be auctioned off on January 23.
Michael Bay continues to release images of vehicles that will star in next year’s Transformers 4, with the newest addition being a Freightliner Argosy cab-over truck.
Fast and Furious 6 is officially on the big screen, so chances are you’ve seen the stars and cars of the newest flick.
As we get closer to the premiere of Fast & Furious 6 more details on the movie’s star vehicles are spilling out.
Fans of the original Transformers movie now have the opportunity to own the original Barricade Saleen Ford Mustang from the 2007 Hollywood blockbuster.
But that’s not all. The eBay auction is throwing in a “two for one deal” with a 2006 Ford Mustang GT designed to be like Bumblebee…except it’s not a Chevy Camaro. With the starting bid at $105,000 though, it’s not exactly a two for one. But given that the infamous “To Punish and Enslave” Barricade Mustang sold for $100,000 to Jim Ortte (who is selling it now) some could see the Bumblebee-themed GT as an added bonus.
Barricade was originally designed by Hasbro for Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg for the original Transformers movie, starting life off as a base 2005 Mustang GT before Steve Saleen converted it to a 2008 prototype. It is recognized by Saleen as one of the only non-serial numbered Saleen vehicles. This Barricade was one of three built for the movie and is known as camera car number 2.
Originally titled to Saleen himself, Barricade features a Jet Black exterior with Pearl White doors and is powered by a Saleen V8 engine mated to a five-speed transmission. On the outside is a Full Extreme body kit, 20-inch black Saleen wheels, carbon fiber lip and rear diffuser, Saleen gauge package, competition brakes and suspension, full Police LED light bar, front and rear strobes, specially-designed push bumper, Decepticon police badges, reflective police and 911 decals, Wilwood stunt brake line-lock kit, driver-side camera mount, underhood camera mount, and more.
The second vehicle is a custom 2006 Ford Mustang GT with a 4.6L V8 mated to an automatic transmission. It features 18-inch wheels, GPS, Yellow and Black stripes, yellow engine highlights, LED halo headlights, LED taillights, and other styling accessories.
Barricade can actually be driven so long as the included set of magnets are used to cover up the Police signage. The owner claims that Barricade functioned as a small business for him, being paid for many public appearances.
Offers are being accepted for either vehicle, or both.
GALLERY: Transformers Ford Mustangs
Don’t lie. You’ve always wondered what it would be like to watch different generation Batmobiles go at it in a good ‘ol classic drag race. The folks over at Super Power Beat Down made that a reality by taking the 1989 Batmobile and pitting it against its 1966 predecessor.
Obviously in the sake of entertainment, you shouldn’t hold much merit to the results. Especially since there’s some creative editing at the end for the slow-mo clip that reveals the winner. Nonetheless, the 1966 Batmobile was built off a C4 Chevrolet Corvette with an estimated 300 to 325 hp thanks to a fuel-injected small block, while the more recent ’89 is powered by a carbureted Chevy small block and has closer to 285 hp or so.
So who wins? And what more could you really ask for in a video clip? Cute girl for a host, a pair of Batmobiles burning rubber and well, the end result that is always entertaining.
Watch the Batmobiles fight it out after the break. Be warned that the end of the video may not be safe for work – it’s your obligatory girl in a bikini clip.
Oh Hollywood has such an imagination, and it appears that Acura can be just as creative as the best of them. The Japanese automaker has been assisting in the upcoming The Avengers film by creating a completely fictional, one-off super car for Iron Man Tony Starks.
This $9.2-million super car was spotted at the Sundance Film Festival sporting a Monroney sticker that you’d be used to seeing at any dealership lot. The vehicle is Pallidium-powered with an 80,000 TOHC 32-valve engine with titanium-forged block and nitrous (Hollywood has to have nitrous) fuel-injection system mated to a nine-speed HYPER-shift transmission. The brake calipers are diamond quartz while the steering wheel has a palm-scan ID.
The list of high-tech features continues on with advanced radar-deflecting capabilities with wave modifier, bulletproof hyper-traction tires, night-vision HUD windshield, and anti-ballistic shielding body panels.
What’s most interesting about all of this is Audi had formerly collaborated heavily with the Iron Man movies, including their own contest back in 2010 but now it’s Acura’s turn in the Hollywood spotlight. How fickle you are Tony, how fickle you are.
Hit the source for more photos of the Stark Industries super car.
[Source: GT Spirit]
The first ever, original General Lee from Dukes of Hazzard will be heading to a Barrett-Jackson auction in Arizona that starts on January 14th, 2012. Nicknamed “Lee 1″, the 1969 Dodge Charger will have no reserve price and is probably one of the most iconic vehicles in the history of Hollywood.
Rumor has it that over 300 different General Lees were used during the show’s production from 1979 to 1985, so owning the first ever General Lee is pretty special. The only cast member to have ever driven this particular Charger was John Schneider, who played Bo Duke in the hit TV show.
Probably more tragic was the fact that this vehicle sat in a junkyard in Atlanta for 23 years before it was recently rescued and professionally restored over 16 months.
GALLERY: First Dodge Charger General Lee
With filming for the fourth installment of Mad Max getting underway soon, one very important decision has to be made. What will Mel Gibson’s successor drive?
The next generation Mad Max Interceptor will be chosen by fans all across the worldwide with voting extended through July on the two remaining concepts crafted by Ford designers. The two concept possibilities for the next generation Mad Max Interceptor are currently on display at the Australian International Motor Show in Melbourne as 40-percent sized clay models that weigh in at around 287-lbs.
The two competing concepts were designed by Nima Nourian and Simon Brook, with “Top Gear Australia” documenting and detailing the entire process from idea to reality concept. And despite it being over 30 years since the original Mad Max action movie came out, voting has reached worldwide interest for the next Mad Max Interceptor.
Check out a short clip of the two concepts after the break.
GALLERY: Mad Max Interceptor Concepts
We’ve come a long way (thankfully) from the first Fast and the Furious movie, and amazingly we’re somehow on a fifth flick that just hit the big screen. Looking to take advantage of their prominent product placement throughout the movie, Dodge will be releasing five limited edition Dodge Chargers, dubbed Fast Five Editions. Each car will be sporting a matte black exterior and will be powered by the stock 370-hp 5.7L V8 powerplant.
In addition to the matte black exterior, you’ll get yourself a set of black 20-inch wheels and black leather interior with Fast Five branding on the seats. And to make sure it’s living large, the instrument panel sports the “largest aluminum bezel in the industry,” according to Dodge interior designer Dan Zimmerman.
Hurry though, entries to win the car ends tomorrow! Click here to enter and hit the jump to see videos of the cars.
Can’t wait to watch Ludacris and The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) on the big screen in the upcoming Fast and The Furious movie? It looks like another Hollywood flick, Born To Race, is on the horizon and currently in production. Injen Technology, one of the industry’s premier manufacturers of intake systems, has teamed up with Born To Race to find a vehicle to be included in the movie.
We’re not sure what their judging criteria is going to be, but the winner and a guest will be flown out to Hollywood while their car will be transported by JP Logistics. From there, the vehicle will be tailored and incorporated into the Born To Race movie with the owner allowed on set to check out all the action and meet the actors. Oh, and they’ll have their few seconds of fame when their name rolls out in the credits.
Oh and icing on the cake? Injen Technology will toss in a free intake to the winning car. So get your car nice and clean, throw up a video on YouTube and enter the contest… we hope to see one of you on the big screen!
Check out the promotional video after the break.