This has got to be one of the most amazing replica conversions I have ever seen! Note, the headlights and taillights were custom made. If someone can custom make these headlights and taillights then surely someone could fabricate taillights that would fit a Fiero fastback, not necessarily the OEM design, but a taillight that would fit the OEM fastback opening. Interior is absolutely awesome as well!
I had to look up the boxter to be sure that it wasn't one of those. They really look a lot alike. I'm surprised that they didn't use a boxter as a donor when putting that much money into it. There have been several kit cars built using boxters as donor.
Originally posted by canfirst: Note, the headlights and taillights were custom made. If someone can custom make these headlights and taillights then surely someone could fabricate taillights that would fit a Fiero fastback, not necessarily the OEM design, but a taillight that would fit the OEM fatback opening.
There's nothing particularly special about how the headlights and tail lights are made on this car. It's just fiberglass, and the angles of the body make it easy to use lexan as a cover material. Anyone with halfway decent fiberglass skills could do it.
The angles of the fastback tail light lenses on the Fiero though, are not good for covering with lexan. You could make a fiberglass housing that doesn't have the lens cover wrap around the edges like the stock one does, and just have a flat piece of lexan to cover something on the rear, but you would probably hate it. The fastback tail lights are hard because of how they are molded. The only way to create reproduction lenses for the Fiero, is to mold new lenses in the same way the OEM were done.
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When you crash a car in a movie...you don't care what engine it has.
Was the Paul Walker accident car a roadster?
All the cars made to crash in the movie are built to crash, too. And they might not care what engine it has, but a certain level of performance is needed to perform some stunts. If they were just going to park it on a train crossing and run it over with a train, that's one thing.
The car he wrecked in was a Carerra GT, yes. I don't recall if he had the top off when he wrecked though. Given the contents of the trailer though, and the general premise of the film, I don't really see where it would fit in or why they would wreck a Carerra (fake or real).
Was that actually the name of the film? Ooops. What I was thinking about was a new movie ABOUT the accident, or at least a new movie that was going to use a Carerra.... I can see no rational reason to build a car like this, other than to use it in a movie where it's shortcomings would not be exposed. A lot of strange hardware gets built in Hollywood, and ends up never being used for one reason or another.
The name of the new movie is just Furious 7, I think, and was being filmed when he died, and was put on hiatus, but is being released to theaters this April.
I don't know if a documentary is in the works, but the wrecked car was red, so a silver one would be a bit odd, if they were going to use it to re-enact the accident.
Yeah, random things get built for movies and then sold off later. I think this one is unrelated to Paul Walker though. I wonder where they got all new OEM parts for a Fiero to make it "like new" though. Says they spent over $20K for that alone. :P
Those are very big wheel spacers . For $15k is a decent look alike car except for the stance, auto, motor, dash and who knows what you can't see in low res photos. But for that price I rather buy a very low mile Fiero which I am sire will draw the same looks.
What I was trying to relay with this post is that I and probably many other sports car enthusiasts would have never guessed this Porsche Carrera lookalike was built on a Fiero platform. This just reinforces my belief about how versatile the Pontiac Fiero is. You have this Carrera at one end of the spectrum and then a Zimmer Quick Silver at the other end, neither of which have any resemblance (other than the engine and gauge cluster). Then you have all the other replica designs such as Enterra, Mera, Lamborghini's, Ferrari's, Panterra's, etc., etc. It would be interesting to see how many different designs and permutations there are of the Pontiac Fiero (will start new post)?
Looks like it draws inspiration from the Carrera GT, but it isn't even remotely convincing at any angle.
I think its becoming very difficult to replicate the looks of modern cars. You might be able to clone something from the 90s pretty well, but modern OEM quality is difficult to imitate without spending big money.
Originally posted by doublec4:I think its becoming very difficult to replicate the looks of modern cars. You might be able to clone something from the 90s pretty well, but modern OEM quality is difficult to imitate without spending big money.
Very true. Older supercars had pretty appalling build quality. I remember a news story about a guy who bought a Diablo that literally fell apart, and footage showing him just popping interior pieces apart or showing shut lines that weren't even close. These days it's much easier to build in Lexus-like QC to everything - which of course makes it harder to build a convincing replica.
I am not inherently opposed to replicas, but I would fully expect a Porsche look-alike to also be a Porsche go-alike. Otherwise, what's the point? This is *way* more my speed: