Calling all Netflix #Carmasters fans! Discover the origins of the real Mach 5 Speed Racer built by @Gotham Garage Leslie Kendall, Chief Historian of the Petersen walks through the legendary Mach 5.

The Mach 5 has been described as “the most famous race car in the world” because of the continuing popularity of the 1967 Speed Racer cartoon series, which has an estimated fan base of 50 million people. In 2000, this three dimensional interpretation of the cartoon Mach 5 completed a nationwide automotive safety tour sponsored by the Child Safety Network. Speed Racer Motors later unveiled plans to build a Signature Series of 100 road-ready Mach 5’s numbered and signed by Peter Fernandez, the voice actor and creative force behind the Speed Racer Cartoons. Unlike this prototype which has a mid-engine, the Corvette based “production” roadsters will feature a 5.7-liter, 385-horsepower V-8 engine mounted in the front.