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That’s right, this black 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am has been meticulously fitted out to match the Hoff’s favourite ride. 31 year old Heath Craddock from Newcastle, NSW spent over two years working on it – even taking a trip to the US to get moulding help from the team behind the show.
It may look like one of the wilder fantasy toy cars you used to play with all those years ago, but Scythe is nothing like a toy when you look at its stats. Two steering wheels, twin-supercharged 1,005 horsepower engine, composite body handmade by Galpin Auto Sports, backwards rotating door design and a 3G-connected Shuttle PC inside. This handles realtime traffic and weather monitoring, and is voice activated for some KITT-like chatting car action. There’s even a set of flush-mounted external security cameras. OK, so that does make it sound a lot like a toy, but it’s a toy for fast-driving grown-up kids. [Jalopnik]
Just a few days after the new series premiere, RadioShack has announced that it scored exclusive rights to sell Mio’s Knight Rider GPS in the US. I already have a GPS unit, but the geek in me wants to buy this thing just to hear William Daniels tell me where the nearest McDonald’s is. The KITT GPS is available now for $US270. [RadioShack via CNET]
Do you think the original KITT’s dashboard was so overloaded with useless indicators and LEDs so dumbstastically stupid that it made The Hoff look like a Physics Nobel Prize in leather pants? Then you still haven’t seen this. Can anybody please tell us what the hell is the number in the middle of that christmas tree dashboard means?
As if you needed proof that the new KITT was way lamer than the old KITT, the remarkable supercar of the future was jacked by a common thug during a Toronto event. It’s been a week since the occurrence that’s slowly leaked into mainstream consciousness and KITT is still being operated by a rogue agent. The occurrence is not believed to be a PR stunt (though the fact that all related videos were shot by first-time YouTube uploaders is pretty fishy). All we know is that if Hasselhoff were alive, he never would have let this happen. [via themovieblog]
I used to want a car just like KITT when I was a kid, though perhaps without that slightly annoying nasal voice. And now a Stanford scientist is looking at whether nattering to your vehicle may be good for you, the car, other road users and even (darnit) your insurers or advertising execs.
For those who enjoy unabashedly retro, the L69 Time Module LED Wrist Watch is of unparalleled beauty. Constructed from stainless steel, its bulky design will remind of you a bygone era before silver painted plastics dominated the electronic world. Featuring an alarm and stopwatch, it might not have the brains of your favorite ’80s computer, but we’ve always treasured what’s on the outside more anyway, and in this case it’s metal and a bunch of hot red LEDs. Here’s the alternate colour version: