By Mark Hodge @Mrhodgey
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Videographer / Director: Howe and Howe Technologies
Producer: Mark Hodge, Chloe Browne
Editor: Kyle Waters
The unusual dual tracked vehicle, named ‘The Peacemaker’, has an incredible 1000 horsepower and was created by Howe and Howe Technologies, a specialist company owned by twin brothers Mike and Geoff Howe.
The pair, both 40-years-old, from Maine USA, create vehicles for the military, private sector, emergency services and Hollywood studios.
Mike revealed that director George Miller, who helmed the previous three Mad Max movies (1979-85), phoned them about developing something unique for the new film, starring British actor Tom Hardy.
He said: “We grew up in the Mad Max era, in the 1980s, and it was a big deal back then, so I would have never imagined that some day the director would call us up and ask us to make a vehicle for the new movie.
“Miller and his crew told us that they didn't want CGI, anybody can do CGI, what they wanted was a real badass track vehicle, which is probably the nastiest vehicle we've ever made.
“The Peacemaker is geared out to do about 70 mph, which is really fast for a track vehicle. Doing that kind of speed in a track vehicle makes you feel like you're in a boat – like you're doing 100 mph.
“We always put our vehicles through thorough testing - we drove the peacemaker over bumps, over sand dunes - we just threw everything we could at it, so when it got to the set, it performed just like George Miller wanted.”
And Geoff insisted the company prides itself on making actual working vehicles that can perform even when the cameras have stopped rolling.
He said: “The Peacemaker is not a prop vehicle, like a bat mobile that drives around and then the tyres fall off - this is the real deal and we built it that way.
“It took us about four months to build, from art to part, so the idea came in, and it was built and tested within four months, and then it got shipped overseas for the filming.”
Mad Max: Fury Road lands in UK theatres on May 14, 2015.