By Bunmi Adigun @Bunmi_Adigun
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Videographer / director: Christoph Hagen
Producer: Bunmi Adigun, Nick Johnson
Editor: Marcus Cooper
Inspired by the 2008 movie Death Race, which starred British actor Jason Statham, the car started life as a Chrysler 300.
Angelo Zannin, 47, and his team Z Montagen, a group of shop fitters from Braunschweig, Germany, managed to build the vehicle in just a few months.
Angelo said: “From having the initial idea for building the car inspired by watching the film, then analysing how it could work, collecting images and data to now, it’s been nine months.”
The car conversion cost the dedicated team €20K (£15,754) to build as it was in terrible condition when it arrived at their garage.
Angelo said: “It had an engine failure when we bought it and we rebuilt it accordingly. Everything that had to go, went. All luxurious features were taken out and then we rebuilt it completely.”
A new and more powerful 7.5 litre Ford engine was put into the car allowing it to reach up to speeds of 200 km/h (125 mph).
Similar to its movie counterpart. the car boasts an arsenal of weapons and gadgets and can even emit smoke from the back and has a push button ignition.
Special features on the car, which include missiles and the ability to spray oil, are controlled by switches in the vehicle.
These additions to the car have garnered it world wide attention online.
Angelo said: “Anything we post on Facebook people show a lot of interest there and write positive comments.”
Although shop fitters by trade, Z Montagen often take on incredible projects such as the Death Race car. The team are currently working on their newest and possibly most challenging endeavour yet.
Angelo said: “We’ve been having conversations about building the X Wing from Star Wars in its original size which we’ve actually started already.”