“How the hell did you get all this together?”
“[It] just happened Max, you know – A piece from here and a piece from there.”
The V8 Interceptor, also known as a Pursuit Special, is driven by Max Rockatansky at the end of “Mad Max” and for the first half of “Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior”. It is based on a 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT coupe, which was modified to become a police interceptor by the Main Force Patrol. The vehicle also makes an appearance in Mad Max: Fury Road and is later modified into an off-road bare metal version called the Razor Cola.
In “Mad Max”
“She’s the last of the V8s!” – MFP Mechanic.
The V8 Interceptor is first seen in the MFP vehicle garage. The mechanic, Barry, and Goose use the interceptor to attempt to convince Max to remain on the force. Unlike most other MFP vehicles which are yellow and have roof-mounted police lights, the Interceptor is entirely black, save for a few gold MFP decals. According to Barry, the Interceptor has a dual overhead cam engine, and thanks to the blower, makes 600 horsepower at the wheels.
After Max’s family is killed by Toecutter ‘s gang, Max retrieves the Interceptor and uses it to track down and eliminate members of Toecutter’s gang and Toecutter himself, as well as Johnny the Boy. Max then drives off into the wasteland.
In “Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior”
Two years after the events of Mad Max, Max is still using the V8 Interceptor as
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his primary vehicle, which also likely serves as his home. The vehicle had, by this time, been modified (presumably by Max) to make it more suitable for traveling the wastelands, having larger fuel tanks installed in the rear, as well as at least one ‘booby trap’ to prevent the vehicle’s fuel from being stolen.
The V8 Interceptor is seen in the very beginning of the film, when Wez and other marauders are pursuing Max. Max uses the car’s supercharger sparingly, so as to conserve fuel. At the opportune moment, he activates it, ramming a vehicle in front of him, while also destroying the Interceptor’s aerodynamic front shroud.
Max later learns of the refinery from the gyrocopter pilot and, in need of fuel, travels toward it. He covers the Interceptor with a camouflage cover while observing the refinery survivors attempting to flee from Humungus ‘ men who surround the refinery.
When confronting the survivors in the refinery, Max is taken captive and the Interceptor is towed into the compound, where the paraplegic mechanic manages to deactivate the explosive trap. In order to get the Interceptor back, Max leaves to retrieve a vehicle capable of pulling the survivors’ tanker trailer.
After successfully doing so, Max refills the car’s fuel tanks and sets out. However, Humungus’ men follow him, and with the aid of their truck’s nitrous oxide system, manage to catch up with the interceptor and smash a window, causing the Interceptor to crash.
When the Toadie attempts to open the Interceptor’s fuel tanks, the booby trap is activated, causing a massive explosion.
In “Mad Max: Fury Road”
This Interceptor is captured by the War Boys and heavily modified to handle the rugged terrain. The body work has been bashed back into shape after being rolled, with the bodykit being remade in steel to match the exterior bodywork that is stripped off to bare metal, another supercharger is stacked with a skull on top of it. Rear suspension is lifted, rear fender wells are enlarged to accommodate the large 37″ off-road tyres. The back of the car now gives space to a weapon and a tank. The interior is also stripped of it’s original falcon dash and replaced with a basic sheet metal instrument panel. This vehicle is dubbed “Razor Cola” and is seen driven most notably by Slit. “Razor Cola” meets its demise between The War Rig and The People Eater’s Limousine in a fiery explosion.