0345 811 9595

Christmas Opening Hours

Nationwide Vehicle Contracts explores the role of cars in science fiction films.

Science fiction has long captured our imagination with its ability to transport us to alternative worlds where technology reigns supreme.

Among the various elements that define science fiction, cars have played a huge role in shaping the narratives and themes of stories over the years.

From flying cars to time-travelling cars, we look into some of the most iconic cars to feature in science fiction and their role in the genre.

Iconic Cars In Science Fiction

DeLorean (Back to the Future) 

The DeLorean was essential to the plot of all three Back to the Future films. It was the time machine that transported Marty McFly and Doc Brown on their time-travelling adventures.

The DeLorean came with a futuristic design and plenty of iconic moments, which won the hearts and minds of sci-fi fans worldwide. If you think of the Back to the Future films, the first thing you picture is the DeLorean, which is why it's our most iconic sci-fi car of all time.

Spinner (Blade Runner) 

Spinner is a flying car used in the 1982 film Blade Runner and was used by the characters in the dystopian world of the movie.

As well as its distinctive and sleek design, Spinner had vertical take-off and landing capabilities, so it's not hard to see why so many sci-fi fans loved it. It also gave an insight into futuristic transportation and law enforcement, which sparked many conversations in movie theatres.

Interceptor (Mad Max)

Driven by the film's main protagonist, the Interceptor was a highly modified V8 Interceptor police vehicle designed to navigate the harsh and lawless world depicted in Mad Max.

The Interceptor is central to the plot and represents Max's identity as a great driver and a survivor in the post-apocalyptic world. It also looks fantastic, with its black exterior and supercharger coming out of the bonnet.

The Weasley's Ford Anglia (Harry Potter) 

Arthur Weasley's Ford Anglia plays a memorable and comedic role in the Harry Potter films, becoming a symbol of the Weasley family's personality and the misadventures that Harry and Ron got themselves involved in.

Fans were introduced to the flying car in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets when Harry and Ron decide to drive the car to Hogwarts. As always, it doesn't go as expected, and they end up crashing into the Whomping Willow.

Tumbler (Dark Knight Trilogy) 

The Tumbler serves as Batman's powerhouse of a car in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy. Unlike previous Batmobiles, the Tumbler is a militarized vehicle that's more practical and versatile when tackling crime.

The Tumbler is probably every sci-fi fan's perfect car, as it blends practicality and engineering perfectly. It also features loads of cool technology, such as transforming into a Batpod, a separate motorcycle that detached from the car.

Ecto-1 (Ghostbusters) 

The Ecto-1 is a converted Cadillac ambulance that serves as the primary mode of transport for the Ghostbusters squad. It's designed and equipped to help the team with paranormal investigations.

The Ecto-1 has become a pop-culture icon since appearing in the 1984 film. It has an iconic design, loads of cool equipment and gadgets, and fits perfectly with the iconic theme song!  

Why Cars Are Great For Science Fiction

The role of cars in science fiction films extends beyond transportation, they serve as a symbol for various things, such as:

Iconic Imagery – Whether it's the DeLorean in Back to the Future or the Spinner in Blade Runner, cars in sci-fi have become symbols of technological advancements and futuristic societies. They help the viewer understand what sort of world the characters live in and allow the author/director to push the boundaries of their imagination.

Technology – Cars in science fiction often serve as a showcase for cutting-edge technology, such as anti-gravity propulsion or time travel. Not only great for the film, but it also makes the viewer consider the possibilities of human innovation.

Characters and Relationships – As many science fiction films are set in post-apocalyptic worlds, cars take on personalities and become integral to character development. Vehicles can become sidekicks to the film's protagonist and show the possibility of a connection between humans and technology.

Adventure and Exploration – Finally, science fiction cars facilitate adventure and the story's expansion. They allow the main characters to explore unknown worlds, discover hidden secrets, and fight their enemies.

What's your favourite car in science fiction? 

Nationwide Vehicle Contracts produce various articles on film and literature, such as The Best Bond Cars Throughout the Ages and The Use of Cars in Period Movies.