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630 hp, movie-bound “Firebreather” Camaro unveiled!

02/26/2010, 12:03 PMBY NICK AZIZ

Mistaken by spy photographers a few weeks ago as a GM prototype, the mysterious Firebreather Camaro was unveiled today at Autorama in Detroit. The car is destined for a starring role in the forthcoming independent film “Jinn,” which is being shot in Michigan over the next few months. Built in partnership with Classic Design Concepts, a limited production run of 50 units will be made available to the public later this year.

Jinn stars Ray Park, best known for his roles as Darth Maul in “Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace” and Toad in “X-Men.” More recently, Park also played Snake-Eyes in “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.” Park is also expected to have a lead role in “Transformers 3,” but details of his character remain unknown.

“Jinn” is being produced by Exodus Pictures and was written by Ajmal Zaheer, who is also directing the film. Zaheer, a Hollywood veteran, says he returned to the Michigan film scene to help develop its growing motion picture industry.

The Firebreather is powered by a 630 horsepower V8 motor and will sell for $60,000 when limited production begins.



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The Firebreather: The Pontiac Firebird That Could Have Been

Michigan-based Exodus Films unveiled the hero-ride for their upcoming sci-fi flick, Jinn. It's "The Firebreather," a stylized take on what a new Pontiac Firebird might've been. Look familiar? It should. Better news? They're building 50 of them for public purchase.

The car was designed by the film's writer and director and Art Center grad AJ Ahmad, who wanted to tie the developing Michigan film industry to the state's history. The Firebreather will be the hero car in the movie, driven by the film's star Ray Park (aka Darth Maul) who was on hand for the unveiling.

The car, built by Classic Design Concepts for the film, takes a new Camaro and gives it an all-new, and very handsomely-styled front end, an entirely new tail end with a new spoiler, new hood, some slick custom wheels, the Eibach Pro-Plus performance handling package a embroidered seats.

Here's the best part — for Firebird fans who want something a little different, fifty numbered copies of The Firebreather are on sale as of right now with a starting price of $60,000.

(Editor's Note: I first met Ajmal Ahmad, the film's director, in high school in Metro Detroit. He's one of the most brilliantly creative people I know — and he helped me to see that I wanted to do something more creative in my life than finance or politics. So I'm not at all surprised he's doing something as cool as this. —Ray)



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