A remake of the seminal eighties series Knight Rider will see David Hasselhoff teaming up with a diesel engine version of his old crime-fighting buddy KITT, according to reports.
The global financial crisis together with skyrocketing petrol prices have forced producers into a rethink, with catching criminals now considered less of a priority than fuel efficiency.
Whereas the original series saw Hasselhoff’s character Michael Knight typically getting fifty miles to the gallon, depending on traffic, the diesel engine KITT is capable of around eighty mpg meaning great savings all round.
‘A typical car chase can last up to twenty minutes if not brought to an abrupt halt by a passing lorry with a low undercarriage,’ said series producer Graham Allward. ‘Now a typical series featuring six episodes – that’s a whole lotta goddamn fuel.’
Although KITT Mark 2 has none of the flashy high-speed action one associates with a petrol engine, the new car has impressed technicians and crew alike with its greater durability and the need for fewer repairs.
Things came to a head when the petrol-based KITT failed its MOT due to excess emissions. ‘There’s this scene where we tried sticking a catalytic converter on him,’ said Hasselhoff, ’but he told me to go and fuck myself. We had to edit that bit out.’
Sadly Hasselhoff recalls the moment he was forced to break the news to his old pal that his acting career was over. ‘KITT was very vocal about it and some pretty strong language was used – real personal stuff about my acting ability,’ he said.
Allward, meanwhile, was philosophical about the end of the partnership ‘It’s real sad but he has a lotta miles on the clock and is regularly let down by his poor on-screen performance.’
‘Oh sorry - you wanna talk about the car? ‘