Ford designs Interceptor for Mad Max 4

30 March, 2011 by Amanda Diaz

With the fourth installment of Mad Max looming on the horizon, Ford Australia has celebrated by unveiling two 21st century versions of Mad Max Rockatansky's iconic car.

The company took on the task after being challenged by TopGear Australia magazine to design a new Interceptor.


"Our entire team was very excited to be involved in this after-hours project and they approached it with a great deal of enthusiasm – even those that were too young to remember the first Mad Max movie," said Design director Chris Svensson in a statement.

After experimenting with several concepts, Ford Australia's Research Centre produced two updates on the original jet black Ford XB coupe, designed by Nima Nourian and Simon Brook respectively.

Bringing the Interceptor into the present day involved a number of futuristic modifications.

Among the weaponry is an industrial-strength taser mounted on the bonnet to zap baddies off their bikes, wheels with extendable spikes and a titanium-lined body shell to interrupt police scanners.

The two designs feature in the current issue of TopGear Australia magazine. Readers will have the chance to vote on which model will go to the next level, with the winning car to be turned into a clay model and then a scale version.

The movie will be directed by George Miller and star Charlize Theron and Wasted On The Young actress Adelaide Clemens.

One of Ford's new takes on the Interceptor. Designed by Nima Nourian.