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Cars of the Future!

Filed in: Transformers.

Between seasons 2 and 3 of the original Transformers cartoon, the show lept some 20 years ahead and therefore took place in the futuristic year of 2006. Since 2006 was The Future, humans had spaceships and space stations. Most of the stories tended to be set on planets other than Earth, only a few depicted Future Earth, and fewer still showed vehicles.

Only two episodes, "Only Human" and "The Burden Hardest to Bear", made an attempt to depict what the makers thought cars might look like in 2006. Naturally their guesses were a bit far off...

In "The Burden Hardest to Bear", Marissa Faireborn drives this car, which more resembles some kind of dodgem.

This single-seater features gull-wing doors, a roof-mounted laser turret (presumably it's an Earth Defense Command staff car), what appears to be jet engine sized exhausts, and an indeterminate number of wheels. Mind your head getting out.

Earlier in the episode, we also get a look at a train of the future. Check out the fins!

Unfortunately that's all we get in that episode - the streets of Tokyo are devoid of cars during the climactic battle.

Meanwhile, in "Only Human", crime lord Victor Drath's limo looks like this:

Once again, gull-wing doors, because the future is about bashing your head every time you get out of your car. I'm not sure what that weird-ass spoiler is for, nor the vaguely cow-catcher thing under the front.

Also, emergency vehicles:

Yes, the police have flying cars, and there's a flying ambulance too.

Aaaaaand later on there's a bus... of the FUTURE!

And that concludes our look into the vehicles of 2006!

Posted March 5, 2009 8:07 PM


Man, that's Old School Technology! But I'm still waiting for my 'Back To The Future' hoverboard! (They've only got another six years...)

Posted by: Thad Ritchards | March 6, 2009 1:32 PM

The 'hoverboards are real, but they're too dangerous to sell' hoax worked so well, we were all earnestly discussing the fascist suppression of this awesome technology at school back in the late 80s. Hey, I was 14 at most when the film came out, bite me. :) I believe the BTTF production company actually started the hoax to promote Part 2. Sort of a really cheap prototype viral marketing thing. What is it with hover vehicles, anyway? Did no-one in the past ever think that giving any old idiot an *aircraft* to go down to the dairy in might be APPALLINGLY DANGEROUS?

Buses of the future, huh? I wonder if the back two rows smell of urine of the future, too.

Posted by: Jeff Stone | March 6, 2009 9:41 PM

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