- Knight Industries Two Thousand, a sleek, computerized
1982 black Pontiac Trans-Am (Serial No. Alpha Delta 227529) on
the adventure series KNIGHT RIDER/NBC/1982-86.
Devon Miles, Michael Knight and
Bonnie Barstow with K.I.T.T.
millionaire Wilton Knight (Richard Basehart) and his research team of Von Borman,
Breelin and Yamada, K.I.T.T. was designed to be the ultimate crime
fighting vehicle. Its most sophisticated feature was a
molecular bonded coating which surrounded the car and made it
impervious to gunfire. Other design perks included:
- turbo booster rockets mounted onto the rear which
propelled the car 50 feet through the air
- computer controlled automatic pilot; smoke screens,
flame throwers, an ejection seat, (a la James Bond)
- auto-cruise silent mode
- ski mode
- audio/visual capabilities which included intercepting
police calls, voice analyzer, and video cameras to record
all surrounding landscapes
- two-wheel balancing capability used to escape through
narrow openings; riding on top of water (made possible by a
third stage aquatic synthesizer)
- a top cruising
speed of 300 m.p.h.
The heart of the car's system was a main microprocessor
computer program called K.I.T.T. (voice of William Daniels) that
interacted with its human rider, Michael Knight (David
Hasselhoff), a former L.A.P.D. police officer (Michael Arthur Long of
the 11th Precinct) disfigured in an accident and given a new
identity and job with F.L.A.G. (Foundation for Law and Government),
headed by Devon Miles, (Edward Mulhare).
established with the funds bequeathed by Wilton Knight
(Richard Basehart) to carry on his crusade against evil-doers.
A two-way wrist radio (shades of Dick Tracy!) kept Michael in
contact with K.I.T.T. when he was out of its cockpit.
K.I.T.T.'s dashboard assembly
Despite K.I.T.T.'s, seemingly indestructibility, the futuristic car had
its Achilles heels, (or should I say wheels?). Once K.I.T.T. was
dropped into a pool of toxic waste which eroded its circuits
to the point where only the barest shreds of its memory banks
Luckily, K.I.T.T. was restored to its former
computerized (and often arrogant) self. so it could continue
battling such villains as his evil "twin" brother, K.A.R.R.
(Knight Automated Roving Robot), an devious duplicate of K.I.T.T.
(voice of Peter Cullen) with such nefarious program directives
as short circuiting pacemakers...Now that's mean!; and
Goliath, an indestructible truck owned by Wilton Knight's evil
son, Garthe (David Hasselhoff with a mustache).
During the 1985-86 season K.I.T.T. received 11 new upgrades
- super pursuit mode
- ultra-stop emergency decelerators
- satellite scanner and transponder
- high visibility mode (negative roof)
- ultra-lite frequency
- reverse polarity destabilizers
- water-cooled Cabrillo accelerators
- re-engineered modular suspension
- infra-red tracking and intercept system
- zero gravity induction system and high performance
liquid chromatography work station
Servicing K.I.T.T.'s mechanical and computer systems
were Bonnie Barstow (Patricia McPherson) and April Curtis
(Rebecca Holden/1983-84). In the fall 1985-86 season , a hip,
young black mechanic named Reginald Cornelius III, aka "RC3"
(Peter Parros) was employed by FLAG after he augmented K.I.T.T.'s
speed and braking performance by 40%.
5/19/91, a new TV-movie Knightrider 2000 featured an amazing
new K.I.T.T. in a spectacular hell-on-wheels adventure set in the
year 2000. Michael Knight came out of retirement to help with
a new Knight 4000 project and discovered unfortunately that
his old car was disassembled with parts sold to research as
scrap-including the internal memory chips that comprised the
original personality of K.I.T.T. (fortunately most were retrieved
and K.I.T.T. was restored).
The new car was a bold, deep red
colored sports car with black-tinted windows and a black top.
- a three-liter, 300 horsepower engine.
- digital sampling analyzer for identifying and duplicating
human voice patterns.
- thermal expanders that heat up the tires on a fleeing
car-and exploded them .
capabilities that turned K.I.T.T. into a speedboat .
- a collision factor analyzer which calculated when it was
safe to run a red light or weave through traffic at high
- and a virtual reality windshield that enhanced
topography and visibility.
Also along for the ride this time round was Shawn McCormick
(Susan Norman), a police woman with one of K.I.T.T.'s
microprocessor chips implanted into her head. With the death
of Devon Miles at the hands of gunrunners, a new project
coordinator named Maddock (Carmen Argenziano) took over the
operations. See also "Team
In 2008, a remake of the series KNIGHT RIDER starred Justin
Bruening as Mike Traceur, the son of Michael Knight. This time
round his son drove a supped up Mustang called K.I.T.T.
(voiced by Val Kilmer). The vehicle had the ability to
transform (morph) into other vehicle designs (all Ford
products, of course). Mike communicated with K.I.TT. via an
earwig listening device.
Mike's Mustang with hi-tech
TRIVIA NOTE: To make the K.I.T.T.
car appear it was driving by itself, the car featured a
right-hand driving position with a second steering wheel
installed below the dash. The stunt driver sat slunk down in a
reconfigured passenger seat which allowed him to see over the
car's cowl but still remain hidden from general view.
During the actual filming of the series there were six
identical Trans-AM's used for the stunt sequences. Often when
a stunt car did a 50 foot jump, it's structural integrity was
compromised and sometimes the car even broke in half. Covering the exterior of each of these back-up cars was an onion skin
coating which was peeled off when dirty or scratched, thus
insuring a shiny, spotless automobile for each shot.
Model car versions of K.I.T.T. were manufactured by MPC, and Ertl/AMT
company. The K.I.T.T. car is an attraction at Universal Studios in
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