September 9, 2013
Grand Theft Auto’s Bravado Banshee
One of the most popular video games, if not THE most popular, is Grand Theft Auto (GTA). Within the game the principal vehicle since being added to the game in GTA III, is the Bravado Banshee.
In cooperation between Rockstar and West Coast Customs, the 2013 version of the Banshee featured in GTA V has been produced as an actual automobile. New-age fabrication technologies, molds, and panels laid out by hand, the screen Banshee was reproduced into a real life vehicle accurately.
The interior has been hand crafted with carbon inlays, and the seats are embroidered with the Banshee insignia and name. A multi-speaker sound system is added and the finish is a metallic blue with ice white racing stripes.
Rockstar games is also staging a contest that one lucky GTA player can win. GTA V is expected to be released on September 17, and the real version of the Banshee is only available to GameStop customers that play the PowerUp Rewards Epic Reward Giveaway. PowerUp Rewards members get one entry into the giveaway with every purchase, by either in store or online, in the month of September.
The winner will receive the Banshee, valued at $180,000, and a check for $70,000.
The Banshee design is based on the Dodge Viper, resembling the RT/10. The actual car will be built by West Coast Customs. It is a two-seat sports car with dual exhaust. Although its design resembles the Viper, the front nose is narrower with a different headlamp design used in the 1994 – 1996 Dodge Stealth. It uses hood scoops from the 1993 – 1997 Pontiac Firebird, and the taillights wrap around the rear similar to the 1993 – 2002 Chevrolet Camaro. Another custom feature is the fender flares not found on the Viper, as well as rarely on any other American sports cars in that era.
Rockstar states, “Significant work went into creating this real world version of the 2013 model featured in Grand Theft Auto V. Utilizing state-of-the-art fabrication technologies, molds for the exterior were cut and machined piece-by-piece for the high performance base vehicle. With these molds each panel was laid out by hand to create an entirely new exterior resulting in a screen accurate reproduction of the Banshee. Referencing the model and textures of the in-game car, the interior was handcrafted and stitched to capture the look and feel of its detailed cockpit, with seats upholstered and embroidered with the Banshee name and insignia. The dashboard, door panels and center console were reconfigured and finished with carbon inlays. And finally, a multi-speaker premium sound system was installed before giving it the iconic metallic blue exterior complete with ice white racing stripe.”
Image Credit: Rockstar Games / West Coast Customs