The latest movie in the Iron Man comic franchise is currently being filmed in the Wilmington area of North Carolina. A local golf cart shop has supplied a custom electric golf cart for Robert Downey Jr to use on set. Downey Jr plays Tony Stark, the industrialist billionaire playboy who is also Iron Man.
In the Iron Man films the Tony Stark character owns a collection of exotic cars including a Saleen S7, Audi R8 and a '67 Shelby Cobra, but the actor Robert Downey Jr has to make do with this custom golf cart to get around the movie set. There's usually a great deal of secrecy around Hollywood blockbuster movies and so this golf cart has some special features.
Although the cart is eye catching with a bright red with silver flame paint job, it features fold down curtains with tinted windows for privacy. This is so that Downey Jr can be driven from the costume trailer to the set without anyone seeing the 'top-secret' Iron Man costume. TMZ would literally pay thousands to any paparazzi who got a shot of 'Iron Man' before the movie is released.
The cart is based on an electric E-Z-Go TXT cart but has been customized with an ST front end. It's top speed has been raised to around 20mph with an upgraded controller, solenoid and thicker battery cables. Power is provided by six 6 Volt golf cart batteries, giving a 36V system.
For those who want a movie memento, after filming has finished the cart will be returned to Wills Golf Cars and sold to a lucky punter.