1972 Ford Falcon XA, Mad Max 2 The Road Warrior 1981

1981 “Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior”/ 1972 Ford Falcon XA aka Red XA Bat

This marauder vehicle, often referred to as “Red XA Bat” is a heavily modified 1972 Ford Falcon XA Coupe. In “Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior” the Red XA plays a moderately prominent role , and it’s been granted it’s very own spectacular wipeout scene.

1972 Ford Falcon XA, Mad Max 2 The Road Warrior 1981

In its first appearance it’s approaching the Compound with one of the captives strapped to the front of the car. It later engages in pursuit of the Mack Truck on its way to the compound, and finally takes part in the tanker chase where it meets its demise. In that chase scene it pulls up next to the tanker to enable a rogue cop passenger to pull Warrior Woman and the mechanic down from the tanker onto the road. Encouraged, Bad Cop driver speeds up towards the cabin of the truck where he is met with Max’s double barreled shotgun.

The shocked passenger of the Red XA takes the wheel as the car speeds up uncontrollably and crashes into a dune buggy. The passenger of Red XA spastically tries to take control of the car and rams it into the side of the truck’s cow catcher plow. The car gets stuck and pushes the truck slightly off the road, Max counters back and with brute force of the truck manages to get back on the road, while the passenger of Red XA frantically tries to steer the other way. The car finally manages to unhook itself from the cow catcher, swivels right in front of the truck and is brutally T-boned, rendering the car completely wrecked.

The vehicle itself is quite similar to Max’s own V8 Interceptor, not only by make, but modification too by the way.

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