Friday, September 4, 2009

Hey everyone, I am full blown wraith enthusiast. I have looked around and noticed that no one has yet written made a list of all of the main vehicles from the movie like the motorcyle Jake rides in on or the cars used in Packards gang except for the Trans AM and Corvette. If I have overlooked something my apologies. I thought then maybe I should start this and see where it takes off. I will quote info from other people on here so that I am not taking other peoples credit. The rest of the stuff I found on my own research. Hope someone on here will have some relvance to the topic other than what I know and we can put it here in one place instead of being scattered all over the other blogs. I'll add the wraith car first.

The Wraith Car M4S Dodge Turbo Interceptor-1984 Dodge concept car

Picture by "escaperoute Tue Jan 06, 2009"

The engine was a stock block 2.2 liter inline four used in other Dodge offerings like the Dodge Daytona and Aries. The engine had 400 horsepower with the use of twin Garrett T25 turbos, a twincam Cosworth 16-valve cylinder head and Bosch L-Jettronic fuel injection. The car had 50/50 weight distribution between its front wheels and rear wheels which were 15 inch gold-tint aluminum.

George's Dodge Daytona -Dodge Daytona Shelby Z 1987

Engine Specifications 2.2 L Turbo II (135 cid) inline-4
Compression Ratio 8.1:1
Horsepower 174 @ 4800 rpm
Torque 200 @ 3200 rpm

Powertrain Standard Shift 5 speed manual
Length (in) 179.3
Width (in) 69.3
Height (in) 51.3
Wheelbase (in) 97
Curb Weight (lbs) 2,812
Fuel Capacity (gallons) 14

Jake's Motorbike-1985 Honda XL-350r

Model ID
Manufacturer (Make) Honda
Model Name XL 350 R
Category (class) Enduro
Engine Capacity (Displacement) 340 ccm (20.75 cubic inches)
Engine Type 1 cylinder
Bore x Stroke Ø84.0 mm x 61.3 mm (Ø3.31 inches x 2.41 inches)
Bore/Stroke Ratio 1.37
Stroke 4
Valves per Cylinder 4
Timing System OHC
Cooling System Air
Powertrain Gearbox 6 speed
Chassis/Suspension/Brakes Front Brakes Single disc Rear Brakes Drum
Front Tire 3.00-21
Rear Tire 4.60-17
Dimensions Curb Weight 137 kg (302 lb)
Fuel Capacity 11 litres (2.91 gallons)
Performance Max Power 27.00 HP (19.7 kW) at 7500 RPM
Power/Weight Ratio 0.2 Hp/Kg
Top Speed 134 km/h (83mph)
Acceleration (dart, speedup) time 0-100 km/h 6.6 seconds 0-60 mph 6.2 seconds1/4mile - 60 to 140 km/h, highest gear

Packard's Corvette -1976 Vette modified front end "1980-82" and rear "1984 C4" "Walsh_1 Tues. March 31, 2009", aftermarket hood, and rear window slats

Manufacturer GM
Wheelbase 2489 mm 98 in
Track front 1490 mm 58.7 in rear 1511 mm 59.5 in
Length 4704 mm 185.2 in
Width 1752 mm 69 in
Height 1219 mm 48 in
Length: wheelbase ratio 1.89

Curb weight 1562 kg 3444 lb

Bore × stroke 101.60 mm × 88.40 mm 4 in × 3.48 in
Cylinders V-8 in 90.0° vee
Displacement 5.7 litre 5733 cc (349.849 cu in)
Type OHV SOHC Single overhead camshaft
DOHC Double overhead camshaft
OHV Overhead valvesTS

Compression ratio 8.50:1
Maximum power 182.5 PS (180.0 bhp) (134.2 kW)@ 4000 rpm
Specific output 31.4 bhp/litre 0.51 bhp/cu in
Maximum torque 366.0 Nm (270 ft·lb) (37.3 kgm) @ 2400 rpm bmep 802.2 kPa(116.4 psi)
Specific torque 63.84 Nm/litre

Main bearings 5
Coolant Water
Bore/stroke ratio 1.15
Unitary capacity 716.63 cc/cylinder
Aspiration Normal Catalytic converter
0-50 mph (80 km/h)
0-60 mph 8.20 s
0-100 km/h
0-100 mph
Top speed 212 km/h (132 mph)

Power-to-weight 115.24 bhp/ton

Engine alignment Longitudinal

Drive RWD
Steering Turns lock-to-lock Turning circle
Suspension front I.CS.W. rear I.W.TLS.
Brakes F/R VeVentilatedDiDisc (Disk)DrDrumSServo-assistedABSAnti-lock Braking System

Transmission 4M

Minty's Trans AM -1977 Trans AM

Engine had a non-functional supercharger.

Engine Location Front
Drive Type Rear Wheel
Production Years for Series 1970 - 1981

Price $5,450.00
Weight 3530 lbs | 1601.2 k

Performance 1/4 Mile 12.05 seconds.

Engine [Optional Engines]

Engine Configuration V
Cylinders 8
Aspiration/Induction Normal
Displacement 400.00 CU IN. | 6556 cc. | 6.6 L.
Valvetrain OHV
Horsepower 200.00 BHP (147.2 KW) @ 3600.00 RPM
Torque 325.00 Ft-Lbs (440.7 NM) @ 2400.00 RPM
HP to Weight Ratio 17.7 LB / HP HP / Liter 30.3 BHP / Liter
Compression Ratio 8.0:1
Fuel Feed Carburetor 4-barrel Rochester

Standard Transmission
Gears 4
Transmission Manual
Final Drive 3.08:1

Oggies Dodge Daytona -1986 Turbo Z-

Engine Specifications 2.2 L Turbo (135 cid) inline-4
Compression Ratio 8.1:1
Horsepower 146 @ 5,200 rpm
Torque 170 @ 3600 rpm

Powertrain Standard Shift 5 speed manual
Length (in) 179.9
Width (in) 69.3
Height (in) 50.4
Wheelbase (in) 97
Curb Weight (lbs) 2,700
Fuel Capacity (gallons) 14

Skank and Gutterboys cuda -1966 Plymouth Barracuda

Code I6
Engine 225ci
Horsepower 145 hp @ 4000 rpm
Torque 215 lb-ft @ 2400 rpm

Code V8
Engine 273ci
Horsepower 180 hp @ 4200 rpm
Torque 260 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm

Code Commando
Engine 273ci
Horsepower 235 hp @ 5200 rpm
Torque 280 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

Rughead's Truck -1985 GMC Sierra

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

I decided to look around the internet to get some info on the Wraith Car. I thought that I would share this post here. Click here is you want to see more.

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Shelby VNTThe Dodge PPG Interceptor also know offically by it's Dodge name, the M4S, is a car that was built in the early 80's. 1984 to exact is the model year. It had very little in commom with anything produced by Dodge in those times. It was NOT just a Daytona with a different body. The only thing the M4S shared with the Daytonas of the day was the 2.2 liter engine block and the 5 speed manual transmission. On top the block was a highly modified Cosworth 16 valve twin cam head. It was force fed with twin Garret T-25 turbochargers and fueled with Bosch- L Jettronic fuel injection. It made 440 hp and had a top speed as tested by Road and Track to 194.8 mph. It did 0 to 60 in 4.1 and the 1/4 mile at 12.9 at 104 mph. Rumor had it that there was also another engine that was making 600 hp. The M4S was a mid-engine designed car designed by Dodge as a concept for future production, but due to it's high cost construction the idea for production was dropped seeing how Dodge didn't think anybody would be interested in a high proced sports car in those days. Remember this was 1984. Long before the Interceptor M4S made an appearance in the low budget film 'The Wraith' it saw use as an actual Indy pace car. The only modification the M4S received was flashing strobe lights for serving duty as the Indy pace car. After it's first major appearance to the public at Indy the car was donated by Chrysler for use in the movie 'The Wraith'. A place called Code One was contracted to build some replicas of the real prototype M4S for the movie. I've read that up to 30 of these cars were built for crash sequences and stunts. After the movie filming was over the car was returned to Dodge. Flash forward to today and apparently there are know to be 4 M4S's in exsistance. One was last known to be located in the head quaters for PPG Industries. One of the others is located at the Walter P. Chysler Museum in Aubum, Michigan and is on regular display. The last thing I heard was that there is a place, and I'm not sure of the name, that makes reproduction PPG Interceptor rolling chassis's for sale to the publiuc after buying the rights. They have a website on the internet as well and a complete car sells for something close to $70,000. However the engine is not a Dodge 2.2 twin turbo. I believe they stick Chevy 350's in the car instead much like any other kit type car. The coolest thing would be to buy a rolling chassis and throw a good old Dodge 2.2 liter Turbo II engine in it modified to make 300 hp or more. Thats about all I know of the PPG Interceptor
It's Formal name is "M4S"It's a joint effort between Dodge and PPG.Yes the engine made 440 HP.Yes it can run a 1/4 in the 12'sIt was powered by a DOHC Cosworth 2.2 liter Twin turbo (T25 garrett turbos).It was built from a Fiero IMSA frame (tubular)The head of the project was the NICEST fella by the name of BOB ACKERMAN.The car was tested on a track in Marion Ohio.NO it didn't hit 202 mph.... Actually it topped out at 194.8 mph.It's front windsheild is from a Ferrari Boxer that has been tilted back to 73 degrees.
Just as an FYI.... The maker (Bob Ackerman), of the car was highly opposed to the movie....In my converstations with him, he said that his boss, himself and the guy pitching the movie sat down to takl about it, and even though he was opposed to letting them use the car, his boss had final say....He then went on to talk about how one of the stuntmen was killed while making the movie....I told him that had it not been for the movie, I probably would have never seen that car, and even though he dissapoved of the movie (the movie was not good IMO), I was happy I had seen it, as that car was one of the erliest forms of american techno-power I had ever seen....This car is known as 'The Wraith' or 'Turbo Interceptor' in the film. The vehicle was originally a pace car developed by Chrysler and PPG in 1984. Over 30 cars were constructed for the film for various stunts and crash sequences. The beauty version of the car featured a $30,000 paint job. The M4S was a slippery teardrop sports car design that was seriously considered for production. However, Dodge did not produce it because of high manufacturing costs (the marketing people in 1984 saw no market for a high-performance Dodge sports car for about $50,000 -- although the Viper proved otherwise).
The vehicle was track tested and achieved a top speed of 194.8 miles per hour. The car's drivetrain utilized a 5 speed manual transmission out of the '85 Dodge Turbo Daytona. The engine was a stock block, the durable 2.2 liter Inline four used in other Dodge offerings like the Dodge Daytona and Aries. This engine made 400 horsepower thanks to twin Garrett T25 turbos, a twincam Cosworth 16-valve cylinder head and Bosch L-Jettronic fuel injection (this research was later used to developed the 2.2 liter Turbo 4 used in the Iroc Daytona and Spirit R/T). Under normal driving conditions, this engine combination averaged around 27 mpg in the city and over 30 at highway speeds (mileage dropped to around 23 mpg past 150 mph).Other Notable features on this car are Gullwing doors and its clam shell hood. The really nice part, this vehicle featured a mid-engine layout (very unique for a Mopar). Actually, the Dodge Designation M4S stands for Mid-engine 4 Cylinder Sport. The car also featured a perfect 50/50 weight distribution between its front wheels and rear wheels. It rolled on 15 inch aluminum wheels (depicted with a gold tint in the film).
Best known for role in The Wraith, the M4S / Dodge Turbo Interceptor is in storage at the Walter P. Chrysler museum (Derek Beland). The pace car was built by Chrysler and PPG for $1.5 million, and six additional copies were made for the movie filmed in 1986 outside of Tuscon, Arizona, starring Charlie Sheen and Nick Cassavettes. The car was rear wheel drive, with the basic 2.2 block topped by a Cosworth 16 valve, dual-cam head and fed by Bosch fuel injection with twin turbochargers (John Abram Cargo). Road & Track claimed 440 horsepower, 0-60 in 4.1 seconds, and a 12.9 second quarter mile; the mid-engine design was loosely Daytona-based.Four still exist; one is at PPG headquarters, one is in a museum. A kit car with the same basic look was made for a while, using a different engine. It was shown at the 1986 Chicago Car Show. Reportedly, a 600 horsepower engine was installed in one copy.
The Frame. It was based off of and early version of the Fiero IMSA.It was tested in Marion Oh by a driver last named McKray? Not sure of the spelling.It went 194.8 mph.It hit a deer on the track @ 170 mph, and In Bob Ackermans words "liquified the deer"It had 21 coats of lacqer, and 3 coats of clear.The windshield was from a Ferrari Boxer and tilted down to 73 degrees(6 degrees more than the Ferrari)The rear window was from a Datson 240z.It was tested for 17 hrs in a Lockheed wind tunnel in MD.It weighed between 2550-2700 lbs.It was in the OCT 1986 CAR & DriverDodge M4S PPG-CART Indy Searies pace car.Top Speed: 194.8mph at Transportation Research Center In Ohio.Paint Job cost: $38,000(yes $38,000) YIKES!Motor: 16v,four-cylinder,twin-turbocharged/intercooled. HP=440Total Price $1.5 Million

Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Wraith Car

The M4S -PPG Turbo Interceptor

Art work of M4S - by Rebecca Scheckman

Welcome to The Wraith Car

My love and passion for this car has extended for over 17 years. It was just an ordinary Saturday afternoon I was 11 years old when I first saw this movie on a Sat. I can remember turning on the TV and seeing Jake, played by Charlie Sheen on a motorcycle thinking to myself how cool motorcycles are and then Keri, played by Sherilyn Fenn walks out and they meet like magic. I was mesmerized. I watched the movie thinking to myself that the scenes with the red light didn't make sense but the cool car in the movie was awesome. As the years went by and I caught glimpses of "The Wraith" movie and I learned about how movies are edited for television and figured that was probably why it didn't quite make sense. I didn't care though I fell in love with the story and the car in that movie along with everyone’s excellent acting.

Fascinating enough as I grew up I started noticing when I was 18 years old that my friends who stayed close from elementary school through college were just like Packard's gang and other characters from the movie. My friends say that I posses both qualities of Jake and Packard. Either way I was happy. In college I started to see less of this movie on TV and recall my friends calling me a few times at 1 AM to view the movie on cable when they came across it. That's dedication right there!

With the wraith movie slowly disappearing from my life I dedicated my free time during my last two years of college by taking my car off insurance and buying body kits that I customized to make my car resemble the wraith car in my own version. My friends and I called it the turbo interceptor’s girlfriend. It's cute, small and sounded pretty close to the turbo interceptor.

While still in college my passion for information about the M4S was never satisfied and I would take internet breaks between homework and jobs to search for anything I could find. I came across the website in 2003 and was very excited. I’ll talk about that later. When finished with college I was 24 and my friend who I can relate to as the character "George" in the opening scene, went to Best Buy and found the movie "The Wraith" purchased it and called me to let me know there was only one copy left. I was at work but that wasn't about to stop me because I was determined to get my hands on it so I snuck out to Best Buy to buy it!

I finally saw the movie in it's entirety at 24 years of age and now I see why certain parts were edited if you know what I mean. It was so great to finally see the movie in its entirety. Since then I have worked hard at trying to establish a Wraith fan site where people would love to come together and share their thoughts and dreams of owning a Wraith car. I have done loads of research and contacted Skank, played by David Sherrill who is making the WRAITH II Redemption on getting me to play a part in the movie. With no word yet my efforts are relentless as I can't help this drawn feeling to the movie and the car.

Before I forget, let me tell you more about the other website. Lyle the owner of the site was able to acquire the last functioning prop car and was restoring it. After a long dedicated following to his page I have watched as he has developed over the years his progress of restoring the car, history of the movie and memorabilia. He now has his own blog which I love participating in which I see as another great asset. As of the past few months he is trying to organize a Wraith Reunion in Arizona in 2010 and I can't wait to go. I may not have as many resources as Lyle but I know we do have a common passion and I know other people of all ages and younger generations have as well. I hope this website serves as a place where the fans of “The Wraith” can share their story and help each other with any questions they may have about the movie or the car.

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