April 24, 2003

‘Tomb Raider’ switches from Land Rover to Jeep

Auburn Hills, Michigan – For the second Tomb Raider movie, “Tomb Raider II: Lara Croft and the Cradle of Life,” virtual game heroine Lara Croft, played by Angelina Jolie, will be switching from Land Rovers to a customized Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.

The Chrysler Group’s Jeep Design Studio team, in collaboration with Kirk Petruccelli and Graham Kelly from the Paramount Tomb Raider II production team, designed and built the customized Jeep Wrangler Rubicon featured in the film.

“To create the vehicle, we took the ultimate off-road machine, a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, and tailored it to fit what aristocratic Lady Lara Croft, would need to do her job as a tomb raider,” said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President, Product Design, Chrysler Group. “This specialized vehicle includes original Rubicon features, after-market components used by many off-road enthusiasts and unique never-before-seen custom features.”

Lara’s unique vehicle (three were built for the film) boasts an array of functional modifications, such as a roll cage with grab bars, a skid plate with simulated HID lighting and an interior with specially designed gauges, shifters, instrument panel, console and door trim.

The aftermarket components used to complete the Lara Croft’s Jeep Wrangler Rubicon include Hanson Enterprises front and rear bumpers, Mickey Thompson 35″ Baja Claw tires and Classic II wheel with bead locks, Skyjacker four-inch skyjacker Double Flex suspension lift, Warn winch and Bushwacker riveted fender flares.

“In the movie, this vehicle will be showcased in many rugged and extreme situations, highlighting key strengths of the brand in a new and exciting way,” said Jeff Bell, Vice President Jeep, Chrysler Group. “You’ll see the Jeep driving 80 mph across harsh desert and jungle terrain without any difficulty.”

The first Tomb Raider movie was a blockbuster at $47.7 million in the opening weekend, the biggest opening ever for a film with a female star. Worldwide, the film went on to make nearly $300 million in its theatrical release.

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