If you have seen any of the posters, clips, trailers and TV spots for Warner Bros.' Mad Max: Fury Road, you'll know that director George Miller's apocalyptic thriller features a number of incredibly unique vehicles that residents of this apocalyptic wasteland use to survive. If you've been waiting for more information on these incredible cars and trucks, then you're in luck because we have new photos and details for 10 of these vehicles. Of course, this is just a drop in the bucket, since there are over 150 cars, conceived by production designer Colin Gibson and built by the production team.
George Miller's legendary Mad Max franchise is back with Mad Max: Fury Road, a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky. Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max (Tom Hardy) believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa (Charlize Theron). They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne), from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.
Perhaps the fact that they built and designed all of these cars themselves is just one of the reasons this long-awaited movie was stuck in various stages of development for so long, but we don't know that for certain. Regardless, the movie is about to hit theaters on May 15, and now you can check out some of these impressive vehicles for yourself, along with new information about what's under the hood. Take a look at these 10 vehicles below, along with their descriptions.
Built around the desiccated remains of what appears to be a 1937 Plymouth sedan, this metallic hyena's mission is to scrounge the wasteland looking for carrion to consume and repurpose. The spikes were not part of Plymouth's original design. Hey, maybe it's a '38? Nah, it's a '37."
The Big Foot
It's a monster truck shoved under the sheetmetal of what appears to be a 1939 or 1940 Fargo pickup. And Fargo, for those scoring at home, was what many Dodge trucks were called when sold for export to (or built in) countries like Canada, Turkey, and, yes, Australia. Riding on 66-inch-tall Goodyear tires and featuring four feet of suspension travel, this beast, according to the official materials, is powered by a supercharged V-8 turning a Turbo 400 automatic transmission. The massive axles are reportedly from a military tanker. And the name of the character who drives this is "Rictus Erectus" (Nathan Jones).
Australian automotive history is filled with chapters that are both obscure and bizarre to American eyes. Case in point: the Perentti. Because the Corvette wasn't exported to Aussie Land and was left-hand-drive-only, in the early 1970s, the maniacs at a Sydney-based company called Custom Performance Modification decided to plant a copy of the C3 Corvette's fiberglass body atop the chassis of a Holden one-ton truck. But because the truck was 22 inches longer than the real Corvette and had a 120-inch wheelbase, the result was, well, strangely proportioned. It's kind of awesome but truly wacky. For the moviemakers, however, a Corvette built on a big, rugged truck frame offers several advantages. So Buggy #9 was created as sort of a last-days-of-disco-era Vette running through misery while chewing on a fistful of meth. And it should be enough to leave many North American gearheads leaving theaters muttering to themselves in a bewildered haze of confusion.
With its population concentrated along the continent's coasts, Australia's massive center is a sea of land across which large trucks move materials and products in multi-trailer road trains. So big trucks matter in Australia. And in the Mad Max series, the big truck that matters most is the Mack R-series. In Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, it's an R-series tractor-tanker that is at the center of much of the action. In Mad Max: Fury Road there's "Mack," an R-series wrecker tasked with trailing the action and scavenging the battlefield for precious scrap and equipment. It's an homage of sorts and its own beastly thing.
In the mix-and-match world of classic Australian muscle, the 1971-78 Chrysler Valiant Charger is something of a companion to Ford's XB Falcon that plays so prominently in the Mad Max mythology. So in Mad Max: Fury Road there are at least two Valiant Chargers featured. This one, called Peacemaker, isn't so much a Chrysler of any sort as it is some classic sheetmetal stretched out over a U.S.-made Ripsaw light-tank chassis. In the film, it's piloted by a character called The Bullet Farmer (Greg van Borssum) and is used in several socially malevolent ways.
There are several obscene things for which "FDK" may stand, so please entertain yourselves thinking of them. In Mad Max: Fury Road, however, FDK is this blown, V-8-powered contraption to which the filleted body of a Volkswagen Beetle is tack-welded. In the story it acts as part of a convoy guard that throws off flames with fuel from barrels integrated into its structure. In sum, it's a perversion of everything the original Beetle was supposed to be. That's good, isn't it?
The War Rig
There's big, there's bigger, and then there's holy-crap gargantuan. A six-wheel-drive Tatra semi powered by two supercharged V-8s seems big enough to qualify for that last category. That it's a tanker that shuttles precious fluids from fiefdom to sinecure and back again only makes it more mysterious and sinister. Well, that plus all the skulls serving as decoration. The semi cab seems to have been extended with the rear half of a late-1940s Chevrolet sedan.
The Nux Car
The greatest '32 Ford five-window Deuce coupe in cinematic history is, of course, John Milner's yellow rod from American Graffiti. The Nux (Nicholas Hoult) Car from Mad Max: Fury Road can't even come close to that car. First, it's apparently a '34 model, so it can't be a Deuce. And second because it's a Chevrolet. In compensation it does feature a turbocharged V-8 that, at least according to the press materials, also huffs in a steady diet of nitrous oxide. And, apparent in the photos, the fabricated chassis includes a beefy-looking independent front suspension. However, the exhaust system routed across the doors does mean the driver has to get in through the roof.
Take one 1959 Cadillac Coupe DeVille body and split it open down the middle. Then insert another Coupe DeVille body into the first one and weld like mad. The result will be something that looks like two humping Las Vegas condominiums. Finally, all that is mounted to a huge truck chassis and powered by two turbocharged V-8 engines mounted alongside each other. It's the most audacious and fascinating vehicle in Mad Max: Fury Road.
Mad Max (Tom Hardy) would only be Slightly Peeved Max if he didn't drive the classic 1974 Ford XB Falcon. And the Falcon is back-as it has been for every film in the series. But it's been beat up, sandblasted, rusted, and left to rot in the most gloriously cinematic of ways. "A legend spotted in the gutter," explains designer Colin Gibson, "rusted through and rattling with too many repairs and far too few original parts." Still, the supercharger is intact and it is the last of the V-8 Interceptors. It wouldn't be a Mad Max movie without it.
To see even more of these cars from Mad Max, fans can visit the official site at VehicleShowcase.MadMaxMovie.com. Which one these cars would you like to take for a spin? Let us know what you think, and stay tuned for more on Mad Max: Fury Road, arriving in theaters May 15.