PINELLAS PARK (FOX 13) - A mean-looking car cruising the streets of St. Petersburg may soon be recognizable to movie fans. It's called a Vaydor and its designer is Matt McEntegart.
"I wanted something different. I'm a fan of the supercar look," he explained.
But the 38-year-old says there was no way he was ever going to be able to own a Lamborghini or Ferrari.
"I didn't have any money, so I had to do it myself."
He created the Vaydor, which is a kit car. He designed he fiberglass body and associated hardware and accessories to fit onto the chassis of an Infinity G-35. He sells the kit for under $16,000. He says he's sold around 25.
McEntegart says he was contacted by a person who supplies cars to movie producers. They had a character they believed would look good behind the wheel of a Vaydor.
"They said, 'It's going to be the villain's car. Do you mind?' I'm like, 'No, that's perfect!'"
The villain turned out to be the Joker, of Batman and DC Comics fame. The movie is called Suicide Squad. It's scheduled for release in August 2016.
A little more than two minutes into the official trailer you can see the Vaydor roar past with a dark, caped figure on top -- who could that be?
"LOOKS LIKE A MILLION"
McEntegart and childhood friend Jimmy Corbitt work together on the Vaydor. Corbitt says they were 12 when they started working on bicycles, then motorcycles and cars. He says the success of the Vaydor is a dream come true.
"It's an affordable car you can build that looks like it's a million dollars," said Corbitt.
They expect the movie will bring lots of business to their small garage, but McEntegart says he doesn't want success to change what he does.
"I want to come out with new cars every couple of years. I love designing the car," he continued.
SEE YOU AT THE MOVIES
The various Batmobiles are famous from the movies and TV. But, at the Vaydor garage in St. Pete, they'll be cheering for the villain.
McEntegart and Corbitt may share a high-five at the movie premiere, celebrating their car's rags to riches story.
"You can still start from zero and amount to something," added McEntegart, as he slid behind the wheel of a car mean enough for a famous villain.