Meet the man behind Tron’s vehicles
ALERT! You can buy your own Light Cycle. Here’s our meeting last year with the original designer
Posted: 19 Aug 2011
"The Light Runner had to be the fastest ‘car-looking' thing on the grid, like an F1 car. Off the grid, it had to be rough and rugged, like an off-roader. So the body shape is an abstract F1 car - narrow nose, wide body - to give a race-car feel, but it has chunky surface features and an off-road stance too.
"It's also huge, over nine foot wide, because it had to look overpowering compared to the light cycles. It has to morph from race mode to off-road mode. This transformation was the most fun, because it was the most ‘Hollywood'. The suspension connects to the bottom piece in race mode, but an inner hub rotates at 180o at the top, which provides ground clearance for an off-road set-up. The whole chassis swivels up on a half-circle path. [Pause] Technically it could work..."
Simon is now the go-to guy for out-there vehicles in Hollywood. Next up, Captain America. "Evil, World War II-influenced machinery," Daniel says. We can't wait.