Speed Racer's car, the Mach 5, was built and created by his
father Pops Racer.
The Mach Five features
Information from wikipedia.org
The car has seven mechanisms triggered by buttons labelled from A to G on the
steering wheel hub. Their functions are:
Button A, Auto Jack: Releases four jacks to boost the car up so that it can be
repaired. Although designed for this function, the auto jacks are more often
used to leap the car short distances at high speeds, as a wedge to prevent the
car from toppling over a waterfall, as an alternative braking system. They make
a spring-like sound when activated.
Button B, Belt Tires: Special grip tires surround the existing tires for
traction over any kind of terrain . At the same time, 5,000 horsepower (3,700
kW) is distributed to each wheel by auxiliary engines.
Button C, Cutter: Powerful rotary saws protrude from the front of the Mach Five
to slash and cut any and all obstacles. Mostly used for racing in wooded areas,
the rotary saws have also been used as a means of self-defense.
Button D, Defensor: Releases a powerful canopy which seals the cockpit into an
air-conditioned, bullet- and crash-proof, and water-tight chamber. Inside it,
the driver is completely isolated and shielded. The deflector also protects
against sleeping gas, as it has its own air supply.
Button E, Evening or Illuminating Eye: The control for special illumination
which can be traversed singly or in tandem, and which enables to see much
farther and more clearly than with ordinary headlights. When used with the
“night shades” attached to Speed’s helmet, his vision is enhanced with infrared
Button F, Frogger Mode: Used when the Mach Five is under water. First, the
cockpit is supplied with oxygen. Then, a periscope is raised to scan the surface
of the water. Everything that is seen is relayed down to the driver's seat by
television. The 100 pound (45 kg) auxiliary supply of oxygen is enough to last
for thirty minutes.
Button G, Gizmo Rocket: Releases a homing robot from the front of the car. The
homing robot can fly and can carry pictures or tape recorded messages,
handwritten messages, X-ray film, rope, and small Egyptian statues, and it has
been used as a means of defense. The bird-like device is operated by a built-in
remote control within the cockpit.
Button H, Homing: This button is, unlike the other buttons, not located on the
steering wheel; instead is located on a console between the seats. Button H is
part of the Gizmo Rocket's controls, and it simply sends the robot "home” to a
pre-programmed location, usually Speed's house.
The Mach Five also has a small trunk, which is unusual in a race car but was
featured in many episodes, often as a hiding place for supporting characters
Spritle and Chim-Chim.