Monday, December 31, 2007
For those of us who remember the 1980's and/or were just big fans of Knight Rider both of which I am for one not a shamed to admit to. Yes, that would be the Knight Rider TV show starring none other than pre-Baywatch David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight and his superstar car sidekick, KITT (Knight Industries Two Thousand). Weekly, the dynamic duo battled bad guys on the small-screen action-adventure show much to all of our delight. Now a blast from the past in the form of the new and improve 1982 Pontiac Trans Am updated to the impressive KNIGHT INDUSTRIES THREE THOUSAND: 2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR.
The still-to-be-released Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR has been used for an all-new controversial KITT car to be featured in the NBC made-for-TV Knight Rider movie due out in February. The new Mustang comes with a supercomputer that can hack almost any system, weapons system and a body courtesy of nanotechnology. Designer Harald Belker came onboard to give the new KITT. a distinctive look. "The goal was to make it look more aggressive without being hokey or garish," Belker says. "Maintaining as much of the original beauty of the Shelby as possible was important—and not just because of the Ford connection. It had to be simple yet believable as a superhero." Belker is also mastermind behind the design of the Batmobile for Batman and Robin and a next-gen space shuttle for Armageddon.
KITT KNIGHT INDUSTRIES TWO THOUSAND: 1982 Pontiac Trans Am
Vehicle Type: Front engine, rear-wheel drive, two-door coupe
Engine Type: Knight Industries turbojet with modified afterburners
Transmission: Eight-speed microprocessor turbodrive with autopilot. Price New: $11,400,000 (est.). Acceleration: 0 to 60 mph: 0.2 seconds with power boosters. Standing quarter mile: 4.286 seconds. Braking (70 to 0 mph): 14 ft. Fuel Economy: Classified, but thought to be 200 mpg
KNIGHT INDUSTRIES THREE THOUSAND: 2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR
Vehicle Type: Front engine, on-demand all-wheel drive, two-door coupe
Engine Type: Aluminum block/titanium heads 5.4-liter V8 internal combustion with Whipple supercharger and Knight Industries liquid air cycle auxiliary turbine engine. 540 hp in Hero mode. Power output can’t be measured in Attack mode.Transmission: Continuously variable transmission with infinite power band. Price New: $45.6 million, as tested. Acceleration: 0 to 60 mph: 1.77 seconds. Standing quarter mile: 3.87 seconds. Braking (300 to 0 mph): 12 ft. Fuel Economy: Not testable