• May 31, 2007
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Well, now you know what we'll be covering breathlessly post-Transformers. Shooting for the Wachowski brothers' live-action Speed Racer film begins next week in Germany, and Warner Bros. has released the first official pic of the Mach 5 hero car.

Awesome.

It's a modern take on the Speed's iconic ride, and is sleeker and way badder-looking than the Mach 5 prototype created in 1999 (and on permanent display at the Petersen museum in L.A.), which is more faithful to the original 'toon car. As you can see, the movie car retains the same general look as the hand-drawn Mach 5, but incorporates details like a racy full-wraparound windscreen, sleek rearview mirrors, and chromed dubs shod in Yokohama Advans. It looks absolutely killer. As the film's star Emile Hirsch (he plays Speed) summarizes, "Yeah. They got the car right."

Indeed ... hopefully Chim Chim doesn't make a mess on the seats ...

Click here for video of the unveiling

Thanks for the tip, Joe!

[Source: USA Today]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Somehow, with the Wachowski brothers involved, I think this might just be amazing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      OWN YOUR OWN Mach 5 speedracer cars
      www.gothamgarage.net
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just thought I would share some pics of the mach 5 on gotham garage
      http://www.gothamgarage.net/mach5.html
      • 7 Years Ago
      Dude, the rear fins aren't there!

      The design by Speed Racer Autoworks, LLC in 1999 is more true to the original cartoon. And they made 100 of them! As this movie production has dragged on over ten years, the movie creators should have kept the original design not only for truth in form and nostalgia, but at least for some budgetary savings.

      Yeah, even though the cartoon plots were random and some cars blew up like nuclear warheads before impact, the Mach 5 was still great!

      http://www.space.com/businesstechnology/business/gear_holidays-22.html

      www.speedracer.com
      • 7 Years Ago
      "There doesnt seem to be any fin's on the rear finders either."

      They're there, they just don't show up very well in the lighting for that shot.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Little chunky through the doors. That's a Vette mule, isn't it?

      Otherwise, good effort. Get some good wheels, though. Those aren't it.
      ONLY 16
      • 7 Years Ago
      None of you people know what your talking about. I'm turning 16 in about 1 week, and I (and anyone with the slightest bit of intelligence) can tell that the car in that picture is no Shelby, or "C5 Corvette", it is a C4 model 1971 ZR2 convertible Corvette, modified with three nose cones, and a slightly changed rear (right behind the interior). Copy and paste the following link address to compare my picture with the above picture, if you refuse to believe me.

      http://www.100megsfree4.com/corvette/1970/1971/71black1.jpg

      How they could do that to a truly priceless Corvette is beyond belief, simple because all Vette's are priceless, because they are all others cars envy, for their style.
      The modifiers of this car should be arrested for crimes of indecent exposure.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is going to be terrible. Like, Scooby Doo movie level.
      • 7 Years Ago
      As for drag racing, the engine that is top dog is none other than the...Chrysler Hemi. It owns the top class in stock and super stock and it is also the design of the top fuel and funny car engines, ie. the fastest accelerating cars on the planet.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Real Mach 5 should have a Japanese engine since it was a Japanese cartoon to being with and to give the owner of the Story line for Speed Racer credit and I think the best two manufacturers would be Toyota or Honda to put a great racing engine in it.

      But if we put a real American Racing Motor in the Mach 5 to Americanize it; then it should be without a doubt a Ford or a Chrysler Engine as they never quit- both Ford and Chrysler turn out the Best Racing Engines- Either the 600 to 750 HP Ford-Carroll Shelby Engine or the 600+ Dodge Viper Engine. As GM and Chevy Engine (If you can call them that) quit and die too easily. The Corvette engine is a piece of junk.

      The car reminds me of the Ford Shelby GR-1 Silver Bullet. It somewhere in between the Infamous GRX the Worlds Fastest Car and the Mach 5
      • 7 Years Ago
      Driver's seat is on the wrong side.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I, too, grew up watching Speed Racer. And yeah, watching it again later in life, OMG did it suck. :D But the suckiness was largely thanks to the studio (Trans-Lux, if memory serves) that brought it to the US. On top of that, though, it was really geared for kids. Adults expect different things out of cartoons.

      I'm happy so far with the Wachowskis - I have high hopes for this one.
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