Ford Mad Max Interceptor Concepts – Click above for high-res image gallery

If you were unlucky enough to find yourself in the middle of a post-apocalyptic dystopic world where gang violence and a complete lack of any real human society were the norm, there's only one vehicle you'd want the keys to: a matte black Ford Falcon coupe. Don't believe us? Apparently you've missed out on the Australian cinematic masterpiece that is Mad Max.

Besides launching Mel Gibson's acting career (we're not touching that one with a ten-foot pole), the film and its two sequels were famous for the outlandish cars and motorcycles used to rundown unsuspecting prey and their precious last drops of gasoline. And no single machine from the film was as memorable as Max's Pursuit Special, a 1973 Ford XB Falcon GT351.

In case you didn't know, the Mad Max series is due for a fourth installment. Tentatively due to hit theaters sometime in 2012, Mad Max: Fury Road is set to star Tom Hardy, Teresa Palmer and Charlize Theron... but, of course, the real stars we're most interested in will be the cars, which are currently being designed.

Two of the leading candidates for the hero car have been created in roughly 40-percent size and are on display at the Australian International Motor Show in Melbourne. See the two scale models along with a slew of other potential designs in our high-res image gallery below. We also suggest you click past the break to check out a quick video of the concept on the show floor in Australia, along with the related press release.



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2011 Australian International Motor Show: Enthusiasts Get Behind Ford's Mad Max Interceptors


MELBOURNE – July 1, 2011: Almost 10,000 car enthusiasts have voted to choose the next Mad Max Interceptor.

As interest in the Mad Max Interceptor "Next Generation" project goes global, Ford Australia and TopGear Australia magazine have extended the voting period through July for readers to pick between the two new spectacular Interceptors concepts being crafted by Ford designers.

"We're delighted that both our readers and the social web community have warmed to the car," TopGear Australia Editor, Stephen Corby, said. "The level of interest has really taken us by surprise, particularly with on-line media."

The two 21st century concepts have been designed by Ford for TopGear Magazine Australia to help celebrate the revival of the Mad Max action movie genre.

Diehard fans around the world have welcomed the latest designs, even though it is more than 30 years since Hollywood director, George Miller's original Mad Max movie hit movie screens.

Ford Australia's Melbourne-based Asia, Pacific and Australia Design Director, Chris Svensson, said the project had been a spectacular success.

"It has given our team a lot of scope to really extend their imaginations and come up with some exciting new ideas," Svensson said.

"The team has been able to get quite creative because the Mad Max car is not constrained by the normal design parameters imposed by a real-world vehicle."

All employees of Ford Australia's Research Centre are behind the after-hours project, which – apart from Australia - has gained a strong media following in the United States, Spain, Italy, France and India.

Led by chief designer passenger cars Asia, Pacific and Africa, Todd Willing, the two Mad Max concepts are accompanied by real-life graphics.

TopGear Australia magazine has followed the progress of the cars from the concept stage, right through to full-blown Computer Aided Design. Their progress has been well documented in TopGear Australia magazine with readers being asked to vote on which concept they prefer.

In the latest July issue of TopGear Australia, which has just hit newstands, the concepts have been further refined and journalist James Stanford has been allowed unprecedented access to the design studio to see the models being built and talk to the design team about the process.

The two 40 per cent-size clay models weighing around 130kg are finished to the highest levels, with detailing and trim highlights.

The two competing concepts – by designers Nima Nourian and Simon Brook - are worthy adversaries that are limitless in their imagination, technology and weaponry. Both cars use industrial-strength weaponry like "tasers" mounted in the front of the cars to zap bad guys on bikes straight off the road.

Other futuristic movie features include a titanium-lined body shell to interrupt police scanners and wheels with extendable spikes to shred enemy vehicles.

Planning has started to film the new Mad Max instalment, tentatively called Mad Max 4: Fury Road.

The original movie starred Mel Gibson and a jet black 1973 XB Falcon GT coupe-based Interceptor.


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      Shiftright
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks more Hot Wheels Battle Force than Mad Max.
      alkalinebay
      • 3 Years Ago
      will they build this? that is the question
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @alkalinebay
        No, movie cars are never meant for production.
      You are awsome
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it just me or is this just a rip off of Citroen's GT concept car?
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @You are awsome
        Already said that below...
        Vettro
        • 3 Years Ago
        @You are awsome
        I saw the picture and was like oh wow Citroen is going to try and use the same design language on another concept...errr... wait Ford?
      tritonstrategies
      • 3 Years Ago
      If Mad Max 4 is "more" in the future and everything has been ravished by the apocolypse, then how do they get cooler and newer cars than were available in the older movies? I guess the continuity department can work on that one.
        Lowland
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tritonstrategies
        Not to mention that these cars look to be at least a decade away, when supposedly they'd be running on batteries.
        Fatoid
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tritonstrategies
        I agree. These seem completely out of place - I'd be interested to see how they're explained away. I also hope they don't take centre stage - I'm not paying to see 90 minutes of Viper / Knight Rider in a different setting.
          x23
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Fatoid
          they won't need to be explained away... as these cars are not going to be in the movie. the Autoblog writer is an idiot who completely fails at the most basic of fact-checking.
      mchlrus1
      • 3 Years Ago
      am I sensing a new bat mobile
      stecki3d
      • 3 Years Ago
      no, too slick...
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stecki3d
        Have you seen how NOT boxy the Falcon Interceptor was?
      artandcolour2010
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would love for them to give Mel Gibson a cameo and then have them heinously blow him away in the first 10 minutes, lol. I LIVED for the first first two Road Warrior movies. I thought the apocalypse was coming any day in the '80s.
      x23
      • 3 Years Ago
      huh? they already showed the car that will be in Fury Road. it is a Falcon XB just like is appropriate. these cars are a design exercise with a Mad Max theme and they have nothing to do with the actual car that will be used in the movie itself. this article is very poorly researched and should be updated. if you want actual information about these cars check these articles : http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/wild-new-ride-for-maximum-grunt/story-fn7x8me2-1226076628786 http://www.heraldsun.com.au/ipad/new-interceptor-mad-to-the-max/story-fn6bn9st-1226076653711 relevant quote : "there is no chance of any involvement in the coming Mad Max revival movie" ignorant autoblog writer is ignorant. i hope he didn't get paid for this.
      Shiftright
      • 3 Years Ago
      I see someone has been looking closely at the Bertone Alfa Pandion's chaos texture design details
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Soccer Mom
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder why we have a picture of a pair of Citroen GT's attached to an article about Ford.
        zero
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Soccer Mom
        Citroen GT in real life has a Ford engine.
      Ron Faldik
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wanna grab it on the top and push it across the floor Its sooo HOT WHEELS looking
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