When we're not writing about cars or driving them, we like to kick back with some popcorn and watch movies starring our favorite four-wheeled machines. In this section, get a jump on upcoming movies featuring one of our greatest loves: cars.
If you want to make a great movie that will attract tons of automotive enthusiasts, Formula 1 is, no doubt, one of the best topics. The latest one was inspired by three-time F1 champ, Niki Lauda, and will be released on September 20, 2013.
The movie, which is named "Rush," tells the story of Lauda, talks about his rivalry with McLaren driver, James Hunt, and presents the horrific Nürburgring crash from 1976 that cost him his face. As no surprise, most of the plot is centered on the 1976 F1 season.
The movie is directed by Ron Howard and stars Barcelona Spain-born German actor, Daniel Brühl, playing the role of Niki Lauda and Chris Hemsworth, playing the part of James Hunt.
We don’t know about you, but it looks like "Rush" is going to be a can’t-miss movie of 2013 for all automotive and racing enthusiasts.
The Fast and Furious franchise is preparing to release the sixth installment in a month’s time and as you can expect, the hype and buzz surrounding the movie is deafening.
Recently, NitroRCX produced a short parody video of the Fast and Furious 6 Super Bowl commercial we saw last February. Although not entirely a parody in every sense of the word, the re-edited trailer does have one huge difference from the real version: it makes use of R/C cars in place of the real, live models used in the movie.
Despite the small flaws in the “remake,” this version of the trailer definitely hypes us up for the new movie.
A case can definitely made that this version made by NitroRCX has served as a better trailer for the upcoming blockbusters than any of what we’ve seen in the past months.
Click past the jump to check out the actual trailer from which this parody version was based on
So many enthusiasts are champing at the bit for the sixth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise, but that’s not the only car movie in the game right now. A movie based on the hit video game, Need For Speed, is currently in production and is penciled in for a March 14, 2014 release. According to a picture snapped in Mendocino County, California, it looks like the new movie will feature one of the car’s that impressed the world at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show: the McLaren P1.
Along with the P1, the images also reveal a bunch of other great supercars, including the Porsche Cayenne, Ford Mustang, Bugatti Veyron and the Saleen S7.
The 2014 Need For Speed movie tells the story of a young man fresh released from prison. The street racer was framed by a wealthy business associate to join a cross country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins.
Car addict or not, everyone out there has seen the famous movie "Gone in sixty seconds” at least once. Of course, most of you were amazed by Angelina Jolie, but, for those of you with a passion for cars, there was another "female" that caught your attention: "Eleanor ."
"She" is a 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 and a total of 15 units were specially developed for the movie. Apparently, Eleanor was the last car to be stolen, but turned out to be the hardest one to get.
While the GT500 models developed during that period are known as the "Eleanor," in this video you are watching at one of the 15 units developed for the movie. It features a 7.0-liter supercharged V-8 engine that delivers a total of 650 horsepower for the rear wheels.
This video is another reminder of what an amazing car the Eleanor is!
Just two days ago, Universal Pictures unveiled the first trailer video for “Fast and Furious 6” and today it’s time for the extended trailer. This new trailer video also comes with a few more details on the movie’s plot.
The movie will bring together the all-stars of the global blockbuster franchise: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese, Ludacris and Michele Rodriguez (Letty). It also tosses in newcomers Luke Evans and Gina Carano.
The movie starts on the idea that Dom (Diesel) and Brian (Walker) aren’t able to return home due to a series of previous problems, and Hobbs (Johnson) needs a team of elite drivers to catch a group of criminals. This is the perfect scenario to bring together the old crew to help out Hobbs, and as payment for their help, each member will get a full pardon so they can return home.
The new Fast and Furious 6 will arrive in theaters across the U.S. on Memorial Day (May 27, 2013).
We know Justin Lin (no relation to Jeremy Lin) is directing Fast and Furious 6, but is it at all possible that his body has been taken over by Michael Bay?
See, the first official trailer of Fast and Furious 6 has just gone live and, while we did enjoy the spectacle of seeing Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and the crew back, we couldn’t help but also notice that the trailer probably had more explosions than any of the first five movies combined.
Nevertheless, we also get a preview of what the plot for the movie is going to be, which is kind of a buzz kill in itself. So, the Rock and XXX are tag-team partners now?
Really, where’s the fun in that if you’ve got the two meatiest dudes on one side against, you know, a tank.
We’ve never had any delusions about the cinematic standing of the Fast and Furious franchise in our minds. The first one was awesome. The next two were horrible. And the last two have been all right.
But we don’t watch the movie because of Vin Diesel’s abnormally large pectorals or Paul Walker’s comical hitches; we watch the movie because of the cars. Yep. Those shiny, fast, and powerful co-stars that never seem to get the credit they deserve for being an integral part in turning the movies into a bona fide franchise.
The 6th installment of Fast and Furious is scheduled to hit cinemas in May, but as early as now, we’re being given hints of what to look out for when the movie opens.
Can’t say we’re surprised about that choice, considering that Diesel’s character, Dom Torretto, seems to have a big preference for American muscle.
In addition to that bit of information, we’ve also learned that a trailer for Fast and Furious 6 — possibly the one the screenshot is from — will be shown during the Super Bowl. That’s something to look forward to, folks.
Car collector Rick Champagne has every right pop open a bottle of his last name after becoming only the second owner of one of Hollywood’s most iconic cars. He had to sweat out a feverish bidding war for the George Barris’ original 1966 Batmobile , the same one used in the Adam West Batman TV series. In the end, however, his checkbook did all the talking to the tune of $4.2 million at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The winning bid price might seem steep, but given the kind of car the ’66 Batmobile is, we presume that it was worth every last penny from Champagne’s bank account.
With the classic movie car now belonging to him, Champagne only becomes the second owner of the Batmobile after Barris, the same man who famously built the Batmobile in only 15 days in time for it to be used in the Batman TV series. On top of the car itself, Champagne also went home with number of memorabilia and documentation from Barris’ own personal collection.
After having a cameo in “Fast 5,” the producers of the next installment have finally decided to give a more deserving role to the award-winning Nissan GT-R . And guess what? Like how Gerard Butler worked out for the movie "300,” the Nissan GT-R will also grow some muscles and abs for the movie, thanks to BenSopra and SP Engineering.
This car is a tuner enthusiast’s dream with the host of upgrades, both in styling and performance, so it is bound to grab some attention from the lead actor Vin Diesel.
This superstar GT-R features a muscular and aerodynamic body kit by BenSopra that makes the car look like a fire breathing Godzilla (which it actually is) and a full carbon-fiber treatment by Seibon that includes the doors, door sills, cooling panel set and engine cover. AMS Performance stepped in an offered up a carbon roof and trunk lid. Pretty awesome, don’t you think?
To smoke the competitors, both on the big screen and for real, the GT-R’s 3.8-liter V-6 carries Switzer’s P800 turbo kit, including HKS downpipe and resonated Y-pipe provided by SP Engineering. The soon-to-be movie star also stops faster thanks to the custom ceramic brake set-up by Weapons Grade Performance.
Overall, this custom Nissan GT-R just gives us a good reason why we should watch the 6th installment of the Fast and the Furious. Now, if only they had an Oscar Award for baddest cars...
Though it’s not a combination of a slick motorcycle and gargantuan, rocket powered beast, the original ’66 Batmobile does require you to wear the cheesy costume if you plan on driving it. Or if you simply want to showcase this great piece of cinematic history amongst your car collection, it will be up for grabs at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 19, 2013.
Built by legendary car customizer George Barris, legend has it that this car was put together in just 15 days, though there wasn’t any actual record of the car being put together at that short amount of time.
After being given $15,000 (which was quite a lot in ’66) and the short time frame, like any realist would do, Barris used a Lincoln Futura, which he bought for $1 about a decade earlier, and repainted it black. Sin ce CGI effects were considered a thing of the future, Barris had to fit all the ridiculous crime-fighting gadgets to the car. The gadgets included: the Batphone, the Emergency Bat-turn Lever, the Batray, the Bat Beam and best of all, the Bat-tering Ram. It even comes with a working parachute from a drag racer.
Fancy gadgets and paint jobs aside, this car is a 390 cubic-inch V-8 powered Lincoln Futura. When the engine was in the Futura, it featured 330 horsepower, but the current output was not released. With a "bubble" roof and some futuristic design cues, the original 1950’s Futura concept gave the public insight on what future automobiles would look like. Looks like they got that concept totally wrong from where we’re standing today.
While most people sell their cars at half its original price, George Barris will be making a big fortune when he sells his black old Lincoln Futura at Scottsdale. Good work, Mr Barris...
We’ll update this review with the final selling price once the auction closes.