1993 'Stunt Car' Fastlane

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Lot 831W
1993 'Stunt Car' Fastlane

US$ 80,000 - 90,000
£ 57,000 - 64,000
1993 'Stunt Car' Fastlane
This car looks like it came straight out of the future—or at least a movie out about the future. In 1993 Universal Studios commissioned Trans FX, an automotive prototype facility in California, to build several futuristic cars for use in a movie project that was ultimately cancelled. This particular was built with extra safety and strength so that it would serve as the stunt car stand in for the car driven by the movie’s hero.

The prototypes started with a Pontiac Fiero powered by a 2.8-liter fuel-injected V-6 engine mated to an automatic transmission. This driveline was kept stock in order to ensure reliability and facilitate easy maintenance and repair. The chassis was stretched by 12-inches and modified by the addition of adjustable nitrogen-filled racing shocks and modified and reinforced shock tires. The fuel tank was also removed from the tunnel area and a fuel cell was located in the rear of the vehicle. The fuel filler cap is a high-quality locking assembly that will resist leakage in the event of a rollover. Other safety features include a five-point safety harness for the driver, a full roll cage and a quick-release steering wheel. There is also a battery shut-off switch at the rear of the car.

The drivetrain is stock, but has been equipped with auxiliary cooling fans to make sure the space-age machine doesn’t overheat under its sleek molded epoxy/fiberglass shell. That shell has a long, low nose that necessitated remounting the front radiator at a steeper angle and shrouding it to ensure that it remained efficient. Though all four wheels are fully-skirted, access panels allow for service and the changing of wheels. The doors feature double action hinges to open the doors away from the body and then tilt them upwards. A hydraulic system operates the doors, although there is a manual override. Because this car is so low, it was fitted with steel skid rails as well as steel tubes mounted just below the rocker panels to protect the body.

The electrical system is configured so there is one battery to start and run the engine and another to handle all lighting, hydraulic and electromechanical system. A third electrical system has been installed to support studio electrical requirements. There is also a remote control system to allow an off-camera person to operate many of the vehicle’s systems.

In addition, the car was built with camera ports up front, in the rear and on each side. Plugs in the camera ports are replaced with platforms to accept Speed Rail components to allow an infinite number of camera configurations.

Shortly after it was built 12 years ago, this fully-functional movie stunt car was sold to its current owner and it has been stored ever since. It has never been used in filming or made available for public viewing. Finished in medium blue known as “Fast Lane Blue Dyna Pearl,” it has been fully serviced with new batteries, fresh oil and filter. It is ideal for display or museum use; it could also be put to use on a film or television set.
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