What does a 1973 Plymouth Barracuda have in common with Lord of the Rings, Elysium, and Avatar? One thing: Aaron Beck.
Beck worked for Weta Workshop, the same Academy Award winning special effects and prop shop that worked on those films, and many more besides. But what’s the connection with the Barracuda, you ask? Beck also took on the restoration as a pet project, and you can probably imagine the results—or maybe not.
Beck worked on Mad Max Fury Road as well, and you can tell that the “Kuda,” as he calls the Barracuda, was influenced by that work. The matte-black colour, along with an impressive hood scoop and a decided lack of a grille, makes this car live up to its Barracuda name.
It’s a menacing looking vehicle, just like the jagged-toothed fish it’s named for. But it’s not just about the looks. The Kuda has the teeth to back up the appearance with a V8 engine capable of over 500 horsepower and 444 lb-ft of torque.
Going along with that Spartanesque, Mad Max vibe, the cabin has been completely stripped down, along with several other features, to drop the Kuda’s weight to just over 3,000 pounds. The chassis benefited from a custom bracing job, and a full interior roll cage was added for additional safety—and given the car’s power, both were needed.
The Kuda is a car that you won’t want to meet in a dark alley, or in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.