Car Infographics: The Mad Max History of Cars

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Bark out vehicles like the DeLorean , Aston Martin DB5 , and Pontiac Trans Am, and there’s a good chance you’ll be met with Back to the Future, any James Bond film, and KnightRider. There are just certain vehicles that stick in our minds as being the epitome of whatever big screen role they played. The 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT may also sit as part of the movie role elite as the Black Mad Max Interceptor in the Mad Max franchise.

Mad Max was a post-Apocalyptic, "western" type film that was released back in 1979. This Australian dystopian action film centered its attention around the breakdown of society, love, and revenge, and spawned two sequels in Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior and Max Max Beyond Thunderdome. And since every hero has a bad ass ride, Max Rockastansky - played by a young Mel Gibson - had the modified Ford Falcon XB GT featuring a 500 HP 5.8L V8 engine. This one ride sticks out in the Mad Max franchise, but is only one of a number of stellar vehicles featured in this trio of films. From a 150 HP custom built vehicle for Beyond Thunderdome to a 1,000 HP beast in Mad Max 2, the long list of featured vehicles were built to fill the needs of the renegade police officer and his rival gang members.

Now we hear that Director George Miller is off to the races yet again, working on Mad Max 4: Road Fury (2014), so we thought it would be appropriate to tackle a vehicular breakdown of Mad Max to prepare fans for the arrival of the new age Interceptor . Take in the ruggedness of the past, because the future Mad Max is going to be smooth.

Check out the rest of the infographic to get a more detailed breakdown of the vehicles from the Mad Max franchise and remember to check back with us for our next installment in the Car Infographics series.


8 comments:

The way I see it, most car concepts of Mad Max are quite old, though we can notice that it is the beginning of the new car concepts in our current time. It’s a good thing that they show this information for us not to forget the trend of car innovations.

We are now seeing the competition between Holden and Ford. By the way, talking about the history. It’s inspiring in all aspects. Mad Max Interceptor has a very good idea on putting up this one.

Well, this car has a nice and interesting history after all. I think that maybe the reason why its futuristic version is incredibly powerful yet has a unique elegance.

It seems that there is a rivalry between the Ford and Holden in modifying the classic version of the Mad Max interceptor. BTW, I’m glad to see that they have boost the power output of this vehicle!  

I’m not really familiar about the movie Mad Max, I wonder if its relatively similar with the storyline of Fast and the Furious, where there are heist car action.

The Knight Industries Two Thousand (KITT) from the 1982 KnightRider series
was a heavily modified Pontiac Trans Am, but yes, you are correct, Smokey and the Bandit also featured a Pontiac Trans Am.

Maybe since fuel was in limited supply it was to improve mileage?

And the Pontiac Trans Am is Smokey and the Bandit NOT Knightrider!

Umm - why are all of these cars front wheel drive - the XB Falcon Coupe was Rear Wheel Drive - 351 Cleveland and on the mad max car - supercharged (although I still don’t know why his supercharger has an on/off switch - that still makes no sense) - Still a favourite car movie though!!!

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