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Science fiction has given us a lot to marvel at in recent years. We've seen exhilarating stunts that caused our breaths to catch, seen glimpses of futures where artificial intelligence attains sentience, and witnessed technology that only exists in writers' imaginations.
Many of the best science fiction shows and movies involve cool cars—think Back to the Future and Knight Rider. Directors and producers understand people’s craving for speed and danger and use the sci-fi genre to give it to us using crazy creative cars. With the help of Drive Tribe, we’ve compiled a list of the coolest cars sci-fi has created.
The DeLorean DMC-12 from 'Back to the Future' (1985)
While most millennials will probably list the Batmobile as the most iconic sci-fi car, Gen Y and Gen X folks might disagree. Instead, they’re likely to give that title to the 1985 Back to the Future time-traveling car, the DeLorean DMC-12.
This car was arguably as integral to the movie as Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox). The DeLorean DMC-12 gave the trilogy its wheels, propelling it to global fame. Funnily enough, the movie was probably the best thing to have ever happened to the car as it was a market flop.
The car's gull-wing doors and stainless steel exterior failed to appeal to the masses when it was released in 1981. Its parent company, DeLorean Motor Company, closed its doors to the public in 1982. However, the manufacturers had the last laugh thanks to the movie immortalizing their project in sci-fi history.
Spinners from 'Blade Runner' (1982 and 2017)
One of the most futuristic-looking vehicles is probably the Spinner from the Blade Runner movies. The movies showcased one of the most loved sci-fi technologies and created the masterpiece that is the flying car.
The events of the movie, set by the 1982 version’s director Ridley Scott, occur in a futuristic version of L.A. We get to see Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard, a law enforcement officer who drives around in a Police Spinner car.
These vehicles can be driven on land just like the machine sitting in your garage. However, the difference is they can hover and take to the skies using jet propulsion. According to Drive Tribe, the designer, Gene Winfield, created a car with forward-thrusting capabilities and a visibly absent engine section by using Volkswagen Beetle platforms. The original Beetle had its engine in the rear.
In 2017's Blade Runner, set in the year 2049, Ryan Gosling steps up as the new blade runner, but this time in a three-wheeled Peugeot Spinner.
KITT from 'Knight Rider' (1982-86)
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The four seasons of Knight Rider were filmed from 1982 to 1986. Knight Rider featured KITT (Knight Industries Two Thousand), a car modeled on the 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am.
KITT is a fully autonomous vehicle with artificial intelligence and a sarcastic personality. Its hydrogen-powered turbojet engine could (theoretically) get you to 60 mph in two seconds.
Our hero, Michael Knight (David Hasselhoff), steered the series and his vehicle swimmingly thanks to KITT’s eight-speed gearbox. Its “molecular-bonded shell” made it bulletproof and had an entire arsenal of weapons to take down aggressors.
If you could get a friend like KITT programmed into your Tesla, Chevy, or Nissan, it'd be the coolest car for years to come.
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