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Death Race (2008)

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Death Race
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Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
GER.jpg Germany
UKD.jpg UK
Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson
Release Date 2008
Language English
Studio Universal Pictures
H2S2 Filmproduktionsgesellschaft
Scion Films
Distributor Universal Studios
Main Cast
Character Actor
Jensen Ames Jason Statham
Hennessey Joan Allen
Coach Ian McShane
Machine Gun Joe Tyrese Gibson
Case Natalie Martinez
Pachenko Max Ryan
Ulrich Jason Clarke
Lists Fred Koehler
Gunner Jacob Vargas
Frankenstein David Carradine

Death Race is the 2008 update of the 1975 cult film Death Race 2000. The film was directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and stars Jason Statham as a former race car driver who is sent to prison after being framed for the murder of his wife. While in prison, he is forced to replace a masked driver known as Frankenstein and participate in a sadistic race where the convicts drive their heavily armed vehicles in a fight for survival and for freedom. The film would spawn a DTV film series, which includes 2011's Death Race 2, 2013's Death Race 3: Inferno and 2018's Death Race: Beyond Anarchy.

The following weapons were used in the film Death Race:

Non Race Weapons


M4A1 Carbines fitted with Surefire lights, foregrips and Aimpoint sights are carried by Terminal Island corrections officers.

Colt M4A1 Carbine - 5.56mm
Female corrections officers are armed with M4A1s.
A corrections officer follows "Frankenstein" while armed with an M4A1.
The corrections officer in the guard tower fires an M4A1 that lacks the carry handle.

Heckler & Koch MP5A3

Heckler & Koch MP5A3 submachine guns equipped with red-dot sights can be seen in the hands of patrolling prison guards.

Heckler & Koch MP5A3 9mm
The prison guard watching over the prisoners with his MP5A3.
In the center, the prison guard with his MP5A3.

Beretta 92FS

Police officers who find Jensen Ames (Jason Statham) in his kitchen are seen with Beretta 92FS handguns.

Beretta 92FS - 9x19mm.
Police officers who find Jensen in his kitchen are seen with Beretta 92FS handguns.

Sawed-off Remington SPR220

Warden Hennessey (Joan Allen) keeps the sawed-off Remington SPR220 under her desk attached to a spinning mount so she can aim it easily at whoever is standing in front of her. She does this when she told the guards to take Jensen's cuffs off.

Remington SPR220 Shotgun Exposed hammer Cowboy Action Gun (Export IZH MP-43KH) - 12 gauge

Hennessey's shotgun. This is a new production Remington Spartan double barrel shotgun (formerly by the brand Baikal). The shotgun has internal firing pins where the hammers have to be cocked to arm the internal pins but don't actually strike outside exposed firing pins like the true cowboy coach guns fitted with hammers.
Another angle of Hennessey's shotgun on its rotating mount.

Remington 870

A Remington 870 can be briefly seen in the beginning in the hands of a police officer seconds before the riot starts.

Remington 870 Police Magnum with Black Synthetic Furniture - 12 Gauge
The shotgun in the hands on the police officer.

DShK Heavy Machine Gun

A DShK Heavy Machine Gun (most likely a mocked up Browning M2) can be seen manned by one of the guards in the prison garage.

A Russian DShKM in 12.7x109mm on Tripod
A DShK Heavy Machine Gun is seen being loaded in the prison garage.

Browning M2HB

Browning M2HB machine guns in a dual mount is seen in the guard tower at Terminal Island.

Browning M2HB on M3 tripod - .50 BMG.
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Advanced M26 Taser

Advanced M26 Tasers fitted with laser sights are used by Ulrich and another guard to stop the fight between Jensen Ames (Jason Statham) and Pachenko (Max Ryan).

Guard firing the Taser at Pachenko. A second laser sight appears to have been zip-tied to the top.
A closeup of the Taser that Ulrich (Jason Clarke) fires at Ames.


What could possibly be a ARWEN 37 can be seen in the hands of the responding riot police.

The riot police exiting the vehicle with grenade launcher in hand.

DefTech Grenade Launcher

A DefTech 37mm Launcher can be seen in the hands of the responding riot police.

The riot police officer aiming his grenade launcher.
The officer firing rubber bullets into the rioting crowd.

The Vehicles of Death Race

The following lists the armaments carried by the vehicles of Death Race:

Frankenstein: "The Monster" 2006 Ford Mustang GT

Jensen Ames (Jason Statham), aka "Frankenstein", drives a 2006 Ford Mustang GT known as "The Monster", and is armed with the following:

Wallpaper of "The Monster" with twin front-mounted miniguns.

M134 Miniguns

The main offensive armament are twin M134 miniguns hood-mounted on the passenger side of "The Monster". Coach (Ian McShane) mentions that the miniguns are "30mm machine guns", but in reality the barrels reveal that they are the miniguns that fire 7.62mm rounds (he was probably meant to say .30 caliber machine guns).

General Electric M134 - 7.62x51mm
The main offensive armament are twin M134 miniguns hood-mounted on the passenger side of "The Monster".
The twin miniguns are visible on "The Monster".
"The Monster" clashes side-by-side with Pachenko's Riviera.


During the opening race, the original Frankenstein (who was voiced by original cult film star David Carradine) armed "The Monster" with three bonnet-mounted MG42 machine guns. These were replaced by the dual miniguns after the Monster was destroyed by an RPG from Machine Gun Joe. Interestingly, the Monster is one of the lightest-armed vehicles in the movie.

MG3 Machine Gun in 7.62x51mm NATO
The MG42 machine guns fire during the opening race. This is a flipped shot as the machine guns are on the wrong side and the ammo cans are also on the wrong side.
As "The Monster" is hit, the MG42 machine guns are visible.


  • Smoke/Napalm tanks - "The Monster" carries smoke, oil and napalm tanks for defensive purposes.
  • Fuel Tank - used very ingeniously by Jensen to get some guards off his tail.
  • "The Tombstone" - Six-inch steel rear armor plate that, combined with high speed, becomes a useful projectile. It is also claimed that .50 caliber bullets could cut through it in seconds, which is highly unlikely, they'd more likely scratch it. Used by the original Frankenstein (David Carradine) in the first race and Jensen Ames at an attempt to take out Machine Gun Joe Mason (Tyrese Gibson) out of the final race.

"Machine Gun Joe" Mason 2004 Dodge RAM 4WD

Machine Gun Joe Mason (Tyrese Gibson) drives a 2004 Dodge RAM 4WD that is armed with the following:

Machine Gun Joe's 2004 Dodge RAM
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M61 Vulcan

Two 20mm M61 Vulcan Gatling gun are side-mounted.

GE M61Vulcan 20mm Cannon
As Grimm (Robert LaSardo) meets his fate, a closer look is seen of Joe's right M61 Vulcan.
An even closer look at Joe's left M61 Vulcan.

Browning M1919A4 Machine Guns

Four Browning M1919A4 Machine Guns are hood-mounted.

Browning M1919A4 Machine Gun - .30-06
Promotional photo of Machine Gun Joe's car.
Business end of Joe's machine guns.
Joe fires the machine guns at Frankenstein.
Closeup of the machine guns.
A closer look at Joe's hood-mounted machine guns.


Six RPG-7 rocket launchers are roof-mounted for the final race. Lists (Frederick Koehler) mentions the launchers as "Model 7 Russian State Armory RPG's. Armor-piercing, self-arming, accurate at 2000 yards." In reality, the RPG has an accuracy of 45% at just 500 meters (546 yards).

RPG-7 - 40mm
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Shot of Joe's roof-mounted RPG's.

Pachenko: 1966 Buick Riviera

Pachenko (Max Ryan) drives a 1966 Buick Riviera, which is armed with the following:

Pachenko's Chop Top- 1966 Buick Riviera
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MG 34

Four MG 34 machine guns are mounted on the hood.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
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The MG 34s fire from the hood.


Dual PPSh-41 submachine guns are mounted on the hood's front.

Soviet PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
The PPSh guns are mounted above the grill.


Twin Uzis are also mounted in the grill.

IMI Uzi - 9x19mm
Twin Uzis are also mounted in the grill.

Smith & Wesson Model 76

Twin Smith & Wesson Model 76s are seen mounted into the side of the Buick’s trunk

Smith & Wesson M76 - 9x19mm‎.

Browning M1919A4

What appears to be a Browning M1919A4 along with two Smith & Wesson Model 76 submachine guns are mounted in the trunk.

Browning M1919A4 Machine Gun - .30-06
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14K: 1980 Porsche 911

14K (Robin Shou) drives a 1980 Porsche 911 that's fitted with the following weapons:

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Dual MG42 machine guns are grill-mounted on the passenger's side.

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Rocket launchers

Cluster of four rocket launchers are grill-mounted on the driver's side and four launchers are mounted where the rear window should be.

The rear rocket launchers are visible on 14K's Porsche.
The front rocket launchers are visible on 14K's Porsche.

Travis Colt: 1989 Jaguar XJS

Travis Colt (Justin Mader) drives a 1989 Jaguar XJS that's armed with the following:

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Colt's 1989 Jaguar XJS

Browning M2HB

Dual Browning M2HB machine guns are hood-mounted. Colt's Jaguar is also one of the lightest-armed vehicles in the movie.

Browning M2HB on M3 tripod - .50 BMG.
Colt's Browning M2 machine guns open fire.

Grimm: 2006 Chrysler 300C

Grimm (Robert LaSardo) drives a 2006 Chrysler 300C that's armed with the following:

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FN MAG machine gun

Three FN MAG machine guns are hood-mounted on the passenger's side.

A closer look at Grimm's guns.

Rocket launcher

A single rocket launcher is mounted just above the passenger door.

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The single rocket launcher is seen on the roof.

Carson: Pontiac Trans AM

Carson drives a Pontiac Trans AM that's armed with the following:

Browning M1919A4

A Browning M1919A4 machine gun fitted with spade grips and a turret shield is operated by his navigator.

Browning M1919A4 - .30-06
The navigator getting on the mounted M1919A4.
A good view of the spade grips.

M134 Minigun

A GE M134 Minigun is mounted in the rear for defensive purposes.

7.62x51mm NATO
Carson firing the rear-facing M134.

Riggins: Buick Riviera Boat tails

A Heavy Machinegun

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Siad: BMW E32

Siad drives a BMW E3 that is armed with the following:

M134 Minigun

The entire passenger side of the BMW has been chopped off and replaced by a GE M134 Minigun fitted with a large slotted flash suppressor giving it a resemblance to a GAU-17/A (the flash suppressor is fake however, and is much longer than on a genuine GAU-17/A and appears to be fixed in place with the barrels rotating inside it).

General Dynamics GAU-17/A - 7.62x51mm NATO
Siad's BMW with the minigun chasing Grimm. Note how the flash hider is much longer than that of a genuine GAU-17/A and apparently fixed to the vehicle's bonnet via struts.

"The Dreadnought" - Peterbilt 359 w / tanker trailer

"The Dreadnought" is a Peterbilt 359 semi with a tanker trailer attached. The Dreadnought is operated by prison security and is fitted with numerous firearms for offense and a large number of tank-style smoke grenade launchers, as well as a cow-catcher, armor-plating, wheel spikes and even spiked rear chains for defense.

"The Dreadnought," a Peterbilt 359 truck cab with a tanker trailer. Note the four empty smoke grenade launchers on the upper surface of the trailer.

Custom flamethrowers

Several custom twin flamethrowers are mounted on the Dreadnought, notably within the tanker trailer.

Production image of "The Dreadnought" flanked by Machine Gun Joe's (Tyrese Gibson) Dodge RAM & Jensen Ames'/Frank's (Jason Statham) "The Monster".
The flamethrower is used on the Dreadnought. This screenshot from the film is reversed.
Production image shows a closeup of the flamethrower
Dreadnought's flamethrower as it fires at "The Monster".

M134 Minigun

The Dreadnought also has a side-mounted M134 minigun.

A closer look at the Dreadnought's mini gun.

Browning M2

Browning M2HB is seen in single and twin mounts throughout the Dreadnought.

Dreadnought's top-mounted anti-aircraft and Browning.
The Dreadnought's missile launcher (left) and Browning (right).‎
Prison guard unloading on racer with the M2.
Lateral angle of anti-aircraft & Browning.

M1 Abrams turret with a 105 mm main gun

Mounted in the rear is what resembles the turret of M1 Abrams tank with its 105mm main gun. This is actually a mock-up due to the size of the turret as well as the fact that the gun's fume extractor center is in line with the barrel rather than being offset towards the top.

Dreadnought's rear gun about to take out 14K.
The main gun of the Dreadnought's turret. Note the center of the fume extractor is in line with the barrel rather than being offset towards the top

Missile Launchers

Six cluster missile launchers are seen on the Dreadnought.

The six cluster missile launchers are visible here.

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