Saturday, July 11, 2009
Transformer - Ford Mustang
From most angles, Barricade looks an awful lot like a Ford Mustang. But remember, it's actually a Saleen S281. There isn't a Blue Oval in sight.
Barricade came from Saleen already painted black and white and already wearing the dark finish on its wheels. All the movie producers had to add were the light bar, front push bar and decals.
Like every production S281, the three Barricades came equipped with a modified suspension, 20-inch alloy wheels and tires, and oversize brakes. What they don't have is the 335-horsepower Saleen-modified 4.6-liter SOHC V8. They make do with the Mustang GT's 300-hp engine.
Since they're burning through about $100,000 an hour whether film is being shot or not, movie producers don't like to wait for a broken car to be fixed. So duplicates of virtually any significantly featured vehicle are a necessity.
The standard Ford shifter on the five-speed automatic transmission was adequate for filming. The fun in Barricade came from the additional lighting controlled by the makeshift panel just to the shifter's right.
It's not like the Decepticons are trying to hide their intentions, is it?