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The Cars Of Death Race

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UPDATE:We've now got the first Death Race trailer! Almost a year ago, I had the opportunity to head out to Montreal and go behind the scenes of the new re-visioned movie "Death Race" starring Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, Ian McShane and yes, Joan Allen. Whereas the names of the characters they play may be the same, the storyline's anything but — this time the "Death Race" is set in what we'd been told was an "economic" prison sometime in the not-so-distant dystopian future. But we'll throw down more of that later. The really cool part was getting a first-hand look at some of the metal made into prison inmates very own PCH cars — and there's some really cool stuff to be seen. So without further ado, below the jump are the ten vehicles at the center of the new Paul W.S. Anderson-directed flick coming to a theater near you August 22nd, 2008 — along with all the details on the add-ons that make them "special" plus, because you're so good, a whole mess-load of screenshots. Enjoy and remember, small children are only worth more points because they're harder to hit.


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1.) Frankenstein's Monster- 2006 Ford Mustang GT

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Engine: Supercharged 4.6L V8

Ford Racing Exhaust System

Transmission: 5-speed manual

Suspension: Progress Technology adjustable coil over front struts and rear shocks

Progress Technology adjustable rear lower control arms

Progress Technology adjustable panhard bar

Wheels: 18" 2007 Ford Mustang Cobra wheels

Tires: Front- Toyo Proxes T1R 255/45 ZR 18

Rear- Toyo Proxes S/T 285/45 ZR 18

Brakes: Brembo Disc Brake System

Stunt Modifications: Roll Cage

Kirkey Aluminum Racing Seats

RCI 5 point harnesses

RCI fuel cell

CNC Hand Brake

Battery moved to battery box in trunk



2.) Machine Gun Joe's Ram- 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 4wd

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Engine: 5.7L V8 Hemi

Transmission: 5 speed automatic

Suspension: Rancho 9000 Shocks for front and rear

Firestone Air Bags for front and rear

Custom fabricated rear sway bar

Drivetrain: Removed front axles and front differential

Replaced rear axle with 1 ton dually axle

Wheels: Front- Stock 20" Dodge Ram wheels

Rear- Stock 16" dually wheels

Tires: Front- Stock tires

Rear- Toyo Open Country 265/75R 16

Stunt Modifications: Roll Cage

Sparrco Racing Seats

RCI 5 point harnesses

RCI fuel cell

Tildon secondary hydraulic brake system

Battery moved to battery box in trunk



3.) Pachenko's Chop Top- 1966 Buick Riviera

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Engine: Stock 430c.i. V8 "Nail Head"

Crane Ignition System

Transmission: 3 speed automatic

Suspension: Big block springs

KYB Gas Adjust shocks

Wheels: 17" Eagle Alloy Wheels

Tires: Front- Toyo Proxes T1R 255/45R 17

Rear- Toyo Proxes S/T 285/60R 17

Stunt Modifications: Roll Cage

Kirkey Aluminum racing seats

RCI 5 point harnesses

RCI fuel cell

Tildon secondary hydraulic brake system

Battery moved to battery box in trunk



4.) 14K's 1980 Porsche 911

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Engine: Stock 2.7L 6cyl.

Transmission: 5-speed manual

Suspension: Front and rear Bilstein adjustable coil shocks

Eibach racing springs

Wheels: 15" NASCAR style steel wheels

Tires: Front- Toyo Proxes TPT 225/60R 15

Rear- Toyo Proxes S/T 295/50R 15

Brakes: Stock Braking System

Stunt Modifications: Roll Cage

Kirkey Aluminum Racing Seats

RCI 5 point harnesses

CNC hand brake

Jazz Aluminum fuel cell

Custom fabricated battery box



5.) Colt's Jag - 1989 Jaguar XJS

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Engine: V12

Transmission: 4 speed automatic

Suspension: KYB Gas Adjust Shocks

Eibach Racing Springs

Custom fabricated front and rear sway bars

Wheels: 15" Aero Beadlock wheels

Tires: Front- Toyo Proxes TPT 225/60R 15

Rear- Toyo Proxes S/T 295/50R 15

Brakes: Stock Braking System

Stunt Modifications: Roll Cage

Kirkey aluminum racing seats

RCI 5 point harnesses

CNC hand brake

RCI fuel cell

Battery moved to battery box in trunk



6.) Grimm's 300: 2006 Chrysler 300C

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Engine: 345c.i. V8

Transmission: 5-speed automatic

Suspension: Air Ride Technologies air suspension kit

Wheels: 20" American Racing Wheels

Tires: Front- Toyo Proxes 4 245/45ZR 20

Rear- Toyo Proxes 4 255/45ZR 20

Brakes: Stock braking system

Stunt Modifications: Roll Cage

Kirkey aluminum racing seats

RCI 5 point harnesses

Tildon hydraulic secondary brake system

Custom fabricated fuel cell

Battery moved to battery box in trunk



7.) 1972 Buick Riviera "Boat tail"

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Engine: 350c.i. V8

Crane Ignition System

Transmission: Turbo 350 3-speed automatic

Suspension: Big block springs front and rear

KYB Gas Adjust shocks

Custom fabricated rear sway bar

Wheels: Stock 1971 Buick Riviera wheels

Tires: Front- Toyo Spectrum 225/70R 15

Rear- Toyo Proxes S/T 275/60R 15

Brakes: Stock braking system

Stunt Modifications: Roll Cage

Kirkey aluminum racing seats

RCI 5 point harnesses

RCI fuel cell

Tildon hydraulic secondary brake system

Battery moved to battery box in trunk



8.) 1979 Pontiac Trans Am

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Engine: 350HO V8 Crate motor

Transmission: Turbo 350 3-speed automatic

Suspension: Big block coil springs

KYB Gas Adjust shocks

Custom fabricated rear sway bar

Wheels: 17" American Racing wheels

Tires: Front/ Rear Goodyear 215/65R 17

Brakes: Stock braking system

Stunt Modifications: Roll cage

Kirkey Aluminum Racing Seats

RCI 5 point harnesses

RCI fuel cell

CNC hand brake

Wilwood secondary rear brake calipers

Battery moved to battery box in trunk



9.) 1989 BMW 735i

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Engine: 6cyl.

Transmission: 4 speed automatic

Suspension: KYB Gas Adjust shocks

Eibach Racing coil springs

Wheels: 18" American Racing wheels

Tires: Front/Rear Toyo Proxes T1R 255/40ZR 18

Brakes: Stock braking system

Stunt Modifications: Roll Cage

Kirkey Aluminum racing seats

RCI 5 point harnesses

Custom fabricated aluminum fuel cell

CNC hand brake

Wilwood secondary rear brake calipers

10.) The Dreadnaught

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There are no words to describe this onslaught of mechanical strength called "The Dreadnaught." Check out the video to get a taste. Come on back later this week when we do a sit-down with Jason Statham and ask him what car he's got in his driveway.

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DISCUSSION

I was going to comment on how this movie is going to suck so ban on so many levels, but I think I'll just comment on the cars first.

1) How could they take a classic Riviera and do that to it? Was there not enough Monte Carlos around to do the same, or Ford Crown Vics, or even a last generation Caprice?

2) If this was an apocalyptic version of the future, the mechanics (or prisoners, as the story line goes) must be miracle workers to even think that modified Porschesm BMWs, and of all things, Jaguars would last a race to the death. They can't even seem to keep running right on a daily basis right now.

3) I can't believe the the modern iron, after all of the modifications, have their emblems intact in the front of the vehicles (Note the 'stang, the 300, and take a look at the giant Rams Head of the Dodge!).

4) None of these vehicles seem to be set up for the terrain that will inevitably be a post apocalyptic period in which there will be very little in the way of proper roads, or for that matter, gasoline. At least the Mad Max Warriors had vehicles that would go off road. Even the Dreadnaught is totally useless off the highway.

I know the movie is suppose to be pure action, crashes, chases, with very little in the way of a plot line. It will be one of the most action packed "B" movies, with a "B" movie star. I hope the underwriters at least get their investment back