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(MotorTorque)   Optimus Prime slapped with £1m Insurance costs   (motortorque.com) divider line 16
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2416 clicks; posted to Geek » on 22 Jul 2014 at 11:32 AM (32 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-07-22 09:53:05 AM  
Most tractor/trailer drivers have to be covered with a million dollars of liability and a million dollars of uninsured/underinsured already. I think that taxi/livery vehicle drivers also have that much. They do in my city.
 
2014-07-22 11:47:36 AM  
What about KITT or the General Lee?
 
2014-07-22 11:50:13 AM  
What about the Bangbus?
 
2014-07-22 12:03:26 PM  
The latest optimus prime truck isn't street legal and isn't even drivable.    I had the opportunity to see it up close and in person not that long ago.  The biggest problem is that the driver can's see, due to the raised hood.  While on tour, it's transported on a trailer.  In order to get it into the venue where I saw it, the driver had to lean out the door, while other guys guided him.  So the only insurance they probably have on it is for theft, damage or loss.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-07-22 12:06:18 PM  

2xhelix: The latest optimus prime truck isn't street legal and isn't even drivable.    I had the opportunity to see it up close and in person not that long ago.  The biggest problem is that the driver can's see, due to the raised hood.  While on tour, it's transported on a trailer.  In order to get it into the venue where I saw it, the driver had to lean out the door, while other guys guided him.  So the only insurance they probably have on it is for theft, damage or loss.

[i.imgur.com image 480x640]


Did you find out what make/model it is built on? What make of engine even?
 
2014-07-22 12:12:38 PM  
Anyone disappointed this wasn't about the (retired?) serviceman who legally adopted the Autobot name as well as put out a lot of really bad slash fiction where Megatron is a female?
 
2014-07-22 12:15:34 PM  

the8re: What about the BangbusPussyParty Wagon?


FTFY twice
 
2014-07-22 12:16:45 PM  

2xhelix: The latest optimus prime truck isn't street legal and isn't even drivable.    I had the opportunity to see it up close and in person not that long ago.  The biggest problem is that the driver can's see, due to the raised hood.  While on tour, it's transported on a trailer.  In order to get it into the venue where I saw it, the driver had to lean out the door, while other guys guided him.  So the only insurance they probably have on it is for theft, damage or loss.

[i.imgur.com image 480x640]


What's sad is there are many more versions from the cartoons (and a few toy versions that never got the animated treatment) that are even more undriveable... some even with wings FFS.
 
2014-07-22 12:34:15 PM  
The new Optimus truck has grown on me. I was a little cool to it at first, but seeing it in motion warmed me up.

I still prefer the Peterbilt they used for the first three movies, though.
 
2014-07-22 12:35:05 PM  

InterruptingQuirk: Did you find out what make/model it is built on? What make of engine even?


It's a modified version of Western Star's new 5700 series truck, not sure if it has a Detroit or Cummins engine.
 
2014-07-22 12:45:37 PM  

2xhelix: Western Star


Huh, they also make this beast. Would have been a nice platform to work with instead:


upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-07-22 01:15:27 PM  

InterruptingQuirk: Most tractor/trailer drivers have to be covered with a million dollars of liability and a million dollars of uninsured/underinsured already. I think that taxi/livery vehicle drivers also have that much. They do in my city.


That's the covered amount. This is a mill pounds just for the premium. Be nice if someone told us what a million pounds would buy you...

http://blog.1stcentralinsurance.com/car-insurance/optimus-price-tran sf ormer-tops-list-priciest-movie-motors-insure/

That's the original blog post from the insurer that did the calculations. Still doesn't say what the coverage is but from the way they're talking in there, I'm assuming it's whatever UK law says you have to have.
 
2014-07-22 01:20:30 PM  

Fark like a Barsoomian: That's the covered amount. This is a mill pounds just for the premium.


Roger, roger.
 
2014-07-22 03:37:18 PM  
it would only be  £ 850,000 if he would switch to geico
 
2014-07-22 07:56:00 PM  

Clutch2013: The new Optimus truck has grown on me. I was a little cool to it at first, but seeing it in motion warmed me up.

I still prefer the Peterbilt they used for the first three movies, though.


I still don't like the 6 exhaust pipes, traditional stacks would look a lot better.  It's sleek looking and all but the Peterbilt is still better looking.
 
2014-07-23 08:10:43 AM  

Clutch2013: The new Optimus truck has grown on me. I was a little cool to it at first, but seeing it in motion warmed me up.

I still prefer the Peterbilt they used for the first three movies, though.


My first reaction is the same I have now: What the hell is that thing?  They should have had a scene where he goes to a SEMA show and scanned that POS.  (I didn't mind the other version.)
 
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