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Car-maggeddon Tournament Semi-Final, Battle 1: Mad Max’s Pursuit Special vs. Frankenstein’s Monster from Death Race!

Welcome to Post-Apocalyptic Media’s Car-maggeddon Tournament, where we’ve pitted popular vehicles from various wastelands against one another in a battle to the death! 

There are 20 vehicles of different shapes and sizes. Who will win and be crowned the Wasteland Winner?  

Note: These vehicles are from movies only and one vehicle per movie. (And no space ships or aircraft)

 

How will Car-maggeddon work? Each Saturday, we will pitch two vehicles against one another based on six criteria (listed below)! 

Reliability/Functionality

Does the car have a tendency to break down? To lose parts? Can you sleep in it? 

Offense

Does the vehicle have any weapons or other ways to take out the competition? 

Defense

What armor (if any) does it have? How hard would it be for a zombie to get inside it or for someone to take out the driver from outside?  

Speed 

Can it outrun any threats, or does it just trundle along? 

Power

Can it ram its way out of anything holding it back? 

Aesthetics

This is basically a tie-breaker. In the battle, which vehicle has a higher “coolness factor” or matches best the wasteland look?

Check out the roaster below to see upcoming battles!

Round 3 (Semi-Final), Battle 1:

Mad Max’s Pursuit Special vs. Frankenstein’s Monster from Death Race!

We’re getting down to the last five cars. Given they are both cars (and not some variant of tank or truck), the first semi-final battle is between the “Last of the V8 Interceptors” and the Mustang monstrosity. Ford vs Ford!

Like its driver, Max’s 1973 Falcon has been through a lot! It’s taken out the Mustang from Cherry 2000 and Tallahassee’s Escalade. In comparison, Frankenstein’s Monster has beaten up the Medusa from Bellflower and the Law Master motorcycle from Judge Dredd. It’s time to see whether the con or the cop come out on top! 

 

The Vehicles:

 

The cars come out of the gate neck-in-neck. Both cars have similarly-sized front seats to sleep in or store gear. The Pursuit Special doesn’t have a passenger seat (unless you count one for a dog), but that doesn’t mean you couldn’t just throw one in or force someone to sit in the dog hole. It would be relatively easy to find replacement parts for both cars in the wasteland.

If both cars were being pursued or giving chase, who would get away or catch up quickest? The Falcon can fly pretty fast at 0-60 in 5.9 seconds. Unfortunately, the GT has a much newer V8, and can go 0-60 in 4.2 seconds. Yet, this is based on the stock GT before it’s loaded down with all its gear from the movie. I’d say the Pursuit Special would be able to win because it’s not laden with armament. Likewise, the Falcon has 600 horsepower versus the GT’s paltry 300, thanks to its dual overhead cam engine. 

In terms of the ramming things though, the Falcon has no real reinforcement to permit such brute force methods. The GT on the other hand has been completely covered in steel plating, meaning it could slam its way through many barricades (or raiders/zombies/etc.). And in a collision, the Falcon would go splat against the windshield like an unfortunate bird.


And this is where our hearts really start to break. The Pursuit Special has no hope against the heavily-modded GT. To remind you, the GT is covered in armored-plating designed to withstand cars twice its size and comes equipped with two mounted mini-guns that shoot 3,000 rounds per minute, as well as flamethrowers and napalm. Unfortunately, the prison system is private and has access to this sort of thing, but the car armament department of Mad Max’s precinct has been defunded. All the car has is the booby-trapped bomb. And I don’t know if it would even destroy the GT. 

Of course, Mad Max’s car wins in terms of wasteland aesthetics, but looking cool can only get you so far. 

As such, the Pursuit Special really is the last of the V8 Interceptors and has been banished to the outback.  

 

WINNER, Semi-Final Round 1: Frankenstein’s Monster from Death Race!

Next week is another girl fight – the Tank from Tank Girl vs. The War Rig from Fury Road! Let us know in the comments, on our Facebook group, or on Twitter who you think will win! Throw in the hashtag #car-maggeddon

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Check out the other battles here:

Battle 1: Mad Max’s Pursuit Special vs. the Mustang from Cherry 2000

Battle 2: The Bus from Dawn of the Dead vs. the Tank from Tank Girl

Battle 3: Snowpeircer vs. Judge Dredd’s Law Master

Battle 4: The Mercury Marquis from Stake Land vs. Tallahassee’s Escalade from Zombieland

Battle 5: The Landmaster from Damnation Alley vs. the Panel Wagon from Hell Comes to Frogtown 

Battle 6: The Cannibals’ Truck from The Road vs. the “Scoop” from Soylent Green

Battle 7: The Duke’s Cadillac from Escape from New York vs. the Bentley from Doomsday

Battle 8: The Medusa from Bellflower vs. Frankenstein’s Monster from Death Race

Battle 9: Bill the Mule from The Postman vs. the Boat from Waterworld

Battle 10: The War Rig from Fury Road vs. the Green Goblin from Maximum Overdrive

Round 2, Battle 1: Mad Max’s Ford Falcon Pursuit Special vs. Tallahasse’s Escalade from Zombieland

Round 2, Battle 2: The Bentley from Doomsday vs. The War Rig from Fury Road

Round 2, Battle 3: The Landmaster from Damnation Alley vs. the Boat from Waterworld

Round 2, Battle 4: The Scoop from Soylent Green vs. the Tank from Tank Girl

Round 2, Battle 5: The Law Master from Judge Dredd vs. Frankenstein’s Monster from Death Race!

T. S. Beier is obsessed with science fiction, the ruins of industry, and Fallout. She is the author of What Branches Grow, a post-apocalyptic novel (which was a Top 5 Finalist in the 2020 Kindle Book Awards) and the upcoming Burnt Ship Trilogy (space opera). She is a book reviewer, editor, freelance writer, and co-owner of Rising Action Publishing Co. She currently lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband, two feral children, a one-eyed pug, and a Shepherd-Mastiff.

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