The Wachowski’s Mach 5 From Speed Racer Is Alive & Well

May 6, 2019

Category: Rides

As one of the earliest adaptations of a Japanese television series in the West, Tatsuo Yoshida’s 1960-era phenomenon, Speed Racer, solicited a fun, interesting, and visionary approach toward the world of futuristic racing. The series’ primary vehicle — a glorious white, yellow, and red Mach 5 — was the protagonist of many automotive enthusiast’s wildest dreams, and due to the show’s overwhelming success, it received its very own live-action adaptation in 2008.

While the vast majority of the vehicles in the modern-day Speed Racer were constructed in a CGI environment, it was decided by directors Lana (and Lilly) Wachowski that the show’s original frontrunner, the Mach 5, was indeed worthy of a real-life rendition. The sleek, “1,000 -horsepower” race car was produced for the film. While there’s no engine in the vehicle, a fiberglass body, replica gearbox, steel frame, and beautiful red upholstery mirror Speed Racer’s original vehicle. Perspex headlights, lightweight alloy wheels, prominent air intakes, and a trademark cockpit adorn the vehicle’s exterior — but the seven-button, seven-function steering wheel is perhaps the most interesting. In the movie, the apparatus boasts a variety of uses, including (but not limited to) hydraulic auto jacks for mid-race repairs, adaptable grip for every different kind of terrain, blades for plowing through obstacles, a deflector shield, and Evening Eye — a night vision headlight setup that allows for adequate vision in less-than-exemplary conditions. The Mach 5 is believed to be the only vehicle actually produced for the Wachowski film, and now, it’s available for public view via Petersen Automotive Museum’s “Hollywood Dream Machines” exhibit.

Learn More: Here

More From Rides

Velocio Rolls Out The Ultimate High-Performance Cycling Apparel Collection

An Italian-made, race-ready ultra-high-end bib shorts & jersey combo.

Posted By Tim Huber

Partner

Kokopelli's Nirvana Is The Perfect Packraft For Backcountry Rapids

Featuring Kevlar-reinforced stress areas and 300-pound weight capacity.

Posted By Chris West

Partner
Featured Image

Cruise The Streets Of Neo Tokyo On James Qiu’s AKIRA Motorcycle Concept

Inspired by Katsuhiro Otomo’s cyberpunk epic from 1982.

Posted By

May 22, 2020

Featured Image

Nissan And Italdesign Just Unveiled Their 710HP GT-R 50 Production Model

The limited-to-50 model holds true to its proposed design.

Posted By

May 22, 2020

Featured Image

Triumph & ‘No Time To Die’ Partner On 250 James Bond Edition Scramblers

An upgraded blacked-out version of the Hinckley firm's top-shelf XE-spec.

Posted By

May 21, 2020

Featured Image

Dr. Joe’s 1979 BMW R65 Custom Is An Old-School Bavarian Bobber Masterpiece

A perfectly-proportioned boxer celebrating vintage German design language.

Posted By

May 21, 2020