|“||In a world where there's barely one of anything, to show you had power, he's the man who's got two of everything.||”|
– Collin Gibson, production designer
The Gigahorse is a custom vehicle driven by Immortan Joe.
Technical specThe vehicle is built from scratch with a powerful and sophisticated drivetrain and highly modified body. The car is built on a custom chassis, with a body made of two 1959 Cadillac Coupe de Villes sitting on top of each other.
The film's original designs called for a turret installed on top of a single Coupe de Ville but, as the production designer Colin Gibson explained: “In a world where nobody had one of anything, it seemed a fait accompli that he would have a pair of 1959 coupe DeVilles,” and so the design was changed. Peter Pound - concept artist explains the reasoning for having Coupe DeVilles as the body of The Gigahorse:
|“||It's the king's vehicle so it had to be quite spectacular. That's why the '59 Cadillac which I always thought represented authority and status.||”|
– Peter Pound, Fury Road concept artist
The bottom shell is widened and equipped with a custom windshield. The upper Cadillac is stock width but has been fabricated to function as a turret with a harpoon gun and a flamethrower in the back. To signify Immortan Joe's power and wealth both those guns have wooden finish. The front end is standard 1959 Cadillac equipped with a custom heavy duty plow. The Gigahorse is approximately 4 meters high without the flags and weighs in at 10.5 tonnes. It also appears to have bulletproof glass in the movie.
Engine and drivertrain
|“||That's two V8 engines locked together into one shaft. It seriously rocks. When you hear that thing come through...||”|
The Gigahorse is powered by two Chevrolet 502Cid (502Hp) Big Block V8 crate motors with fabricated manifolds and functioning 8/71 superchargers. Both engines are connected through a custom gearbox. Anthony Natoli of Natoli Engineering designed the straight cut gear system joining the two engines. The gearbox adapter was then modeled by the movie's art director Jacinta Leong in AutoCAD, all the components were waterjet cut, assembled and originally connected to a Turbo 400 automatic transmission which was later replaced with Allison automatic truck transmission. The custom gearbox system had to be re-shimmed after each day of filming by film's main mechanic - Mark McKinley. The engine setup is fully functional generating approximately 1200 horse power. The vehicle also has a non functioning set of turbochargers with their rotors removed and feeding into superchargers. Originally the two engines were supposed to be dummy motors made of fiberglass with a single real engine hidden inside, but the production designer - Colin Gibson provided additional budget which allowed to equip the Gigahorse with an actual working engine setup.
Wheels and suspension
The vehicle is equipped with tractor tyres, the rear ones being 70" in diameter. The rims and hubs are custom made. The differential and reducer systems were taken from a pair of Terex four-wheel drive front-end loaders. The massive hubs gave a 16:1 drive ratio for a 95km/h top speed, but according to Collin Gibson The Gigahorse managed speeds up to 125km/h.
Appearance on screen
|“||When you're at the front of your armada in that, there ain't no stopping you.||”|
The Gigahorse is first seen shortly after Immortan Joe notices the War Rig went off road with his precious cargo. It is brought on the ground via human-powered elevator platform and ready to pursue Furiosa. The vehicle is driven by Immortan himself, on board is his son - Rictus, his Prime Imperator, a History Woman - Miss Giddy and several other high ranking officers.
The vehicle, however is not seen directly engaged in road battle until the final scenes of the movie where it plays part in Immortan Joe's demise. Furiosa, approaching the canyon on her way back to The Citadel, tries to ram The Gigahorse off the road; however, Joe engages the superchargers of The Gigahorse and gets ahead of her. He then brakes hard which further damages the already fatigued engines on the War Rig. Furiosa decides to get on the back of The Gigahorse and throws an explosive javelin into the back door of the vehicle, but it does no damage. Rictus emerges from the back of the vehicle right after and jumps onto the War Rig to snatch Cheedo, who is begging to be taken on board of The Gigahorse. Cheedo then helps Furiosa, who is hanging from the side of the vehicle, to get on board unnoticed. She grabs a harpoon chained to one of the harpoon guns in the back and tries to attack Immortan Joe through the open back door, but she has to face the Prime Imperator first. After defeating him with help of Nux, Furiosa is seen hanging from the side of The Gigahorse with a harpoon in her hand as she tries to make her way towards the driver's door of the vehicle.
Immortan Joe notices her, rolls down the window and tries to shoot her, but Toast grabs his arm. He punches her in the face, but Furiosa rams the harpoon through the window and knocks the gun out of his hand, then hooks Joe's mask and his jaw. "Remember me" she says and drops the chain onto the back wheels of The Gigahorse, which spools the chain and swiftly rips Joe's mask off, along with most of his lower jaw.
The Gigahorse is then driven by Toast through the passage and by Max into The Citadel with Immortan Joe's body wrapped in cloth and put on the steaming hot engine of the vehicle. It is then let on a platform into The Citadel driven by one of the Vuvalini.
- Early concept art reveals The Gigahorse with standard tank-like turret, which was later replaced by another Cadillac body.
- Joining two engines together with custom gearbox was quite an engineering feat, and was proven to have issues with cooling.
- A total of four Cadillacs were shipped from the US and used for building the Gigahorse and its duplicate. One of those Cadillacs was a sedan, as opposed to three coupe's. The sedan was used as bottom Cadillac in one of Gigahorse's. The easiest way to spot it is by the rear wing, which is smaller when compared to coupe Cadillacs.
- The Gigahorse's size proved to be problematic in transport. Shocks had to be lowered and wheels replaced each time the vehicle was transported.
- Among many vehicle badges found on the dashboard of this vehicle there is an MFP police badge.
- ↑ http://www.ew.com/article/2015/04/09/mad-max-fury-road-preview
- ↑ http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-05-12/every-killer-car-in-mad-max-fury-road-explained
- ↑ http://www.greatlakesadvocate.com.au/story/3094538/ex-forster-boys-mad-about-their-cars-photos/#slide=2
- ↑ http://autoweek.com/article/car-news/jacinta-leong-building-beastly-machines-mad-max-fury-road
- ↑ http://www.streetmachine.com.au/news/1504/street-machine-may-2015/
- ↑ Mad Max: Fury on Four Wheels Blu Ray extra