Now I know most of the articles earlier from this series are all about the ‘Autobots’. But wait, the ‘Decepticons’ also has a robot that transforms into a car. And that’s – ‘Barricade’. This character in the movie becomes a – ‘Saleen S281E Police Car’, an American car which manufactures high performance automotive parts and sports car founded by ‘Steve Saleen’ in 1983. The company sells accessories and car parts and operated a retail store to market their products directly to the consumers.
Saleen S281E which is also referred to as ‘Saleen Mustang’ is a modification of famous American car ‘Ford Mustang’ and as variation continues in time, S281E developed its unique and original design and has left the Mustang’s appearance, distinctively.
S281E series that was produced from 1996 to 2009 with an assembly plant in Troy, Michigan comes with body styles 2-door coupe’ and 2-door convertible and finally with engines 4.6L V8, 335 hp to 550 hp.
The variations of the S281 model are S281-SC Supercharged Model, SA-15 15th Anniversary Production Model, H281-3V naturally aspirated 3-Valve Heritage Model, S281 Cobra First introduced in 1996 when the Mustang Cobra now utilized a 4.6L Engine, H281-SC Supercharged Heritage Model, S281-SC Sport Lighter Sportier version of the S281, and H281-SC Dan Gurney Limited Edition (DGLE).
Now, let’s have a look at ‘Barricade’. In the movie, he corresponds to the rival of ‘Bumblebee’ (an Autobot that transforms into a 1976 Chevrolet Camaro and an upgraded version 2009 model). Barricade ranks number five in the Decepticon Team, comes with a partner robot ‘Frenzy’ (a robot that ejects from Barricade’s chest) and the character’s voice was portrayed by actor ‘Jess Harnell’. One of the interesting things this character showed in the movie was when it transforms into a police car, the slogan ‘To punish and enslave’ is written in the rear quarter panel. This is the Decepticon’s version of the police motto ‘To serve and protect’. Fancy that.
Did you know that the popular racing game ‘Forza Motor Sports 3’ features the 2000 model of Saleen S281 and available only while downloading disc number 2?
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