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K.I.T.T.

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Synopsis

In the pilot episode, undercover police officer Michael Arthur Long was betrayed and nearly killed by a gunshot wound to the head. In reality, a metal plate in Long's skull deflected the round which shattered and damaged his face. Declared dead to the public, his medical care was taken over by the Foundation for Law and Government (FLAG).

FLAG is a private crime-fighting arm of the Knight Foundation, founded by dying billionaire philanthropist Wilton Knight. Given a new face via plastic surgery, Michael Long was resurrected as Michael Knight. Together with a high-tech automobile called KITT, (Knight Industries Two Thousand), Michael set out to carry on Wilton Knight's crime-fighting crusade. He was usually given mission objectives by the new director of FLAG, Wilton's friend Devon Miles. Michael was selected for his high level of self-defense training, and deduction skills not to mention his ability and preference to work alone without assistance or back-up. Michael Knight was a special type of hero, a modern knight who avoided unnecessary violence and refrained from using firearms unless absolutely necessary.

 Knight Rider Theme              End Credits
 

KITT

About the Show

  • 1st aired: Friday night, September 26, 1982 as a two-hour movie of the week.
  • Last episode: August 8, 1986
  • Number of Episodes: 90
  • Shown on NBC
  • Creator and Producer: Glen A Larson
  • Sequels and spin-offs, including the TV-movies Knight Rider 2000 (1991) and Knight Rider 2010 (1994), the series Team Knight Rider (ABC, 1997-98) and the planned Universal motion picture Super Knight Rider 3000. Clearly, Knight Rider had the drive to succeed.

CAST

HEROS

  • Michael Knight ..... David Hasselhoff
  • Devon Miles ..... Edward Mulhare
  • Bonnie Barstow ..... Patricia McPherson
    (Seasons 1, 3-4)
  • April Curtis ..... Rebecca Holden  (Season 2)
  • Reginald "RC3" Curtis III ..... Peter  Parros (Season 4)
  • Voice of KITT ..... William Daniels

VILLAINS

  • Garthe Knight ..... David Hasselhoff

Garthe Knight is an international criminal who happened to be Wilton Knight's natural son. At the time of Michael's surgery, Garthe was imprisoned in Africa. Believing that his son would never be seen again, Wilton had Michael's face modeled after his own son Garthe's. In the pilot episode, both Devon Miles and Wilton stated that Michael actually resembled the face of Wilton himself as a young man. In the novels written after the series aired, it is described that Michael's reconstructed face was based off of images of both a young Wilton and his son.

  • K.A.R.R.
    the "Knight Automated Roving Robot"

KARR
KARR is the prototype version of KITT, designed first by Wilton Knight and built by Knight Industries. Unlike KITT whose primary directive is to protect human life, KARR was programmed for "self-preservation" making him a ruthless and unpredictable threat.

KARR does not appear as streetwise as KITT. He is very gullible and inexperienced, viewing the world more like a child, although he ultimately believes himself superior and unstoppable. He was aware of the construction of another car like him (KITT), before he was deactivated, and displays anger and annoyance about having a "twin" brother. Because he didn't know KITT's name at first, KARR referred to KITT as an "inferior production line copy".

  • Goliath-Garthe piloted a huge, nearly indestructible truck named Goliath. Goliath also counts as a nemesis of a sort for KITT, since it shared the same Molecular Bonded Shell, although it had no artificial intelligence.

Goliath

Trivia

K.I.T.T

  • When asked about KITT's whereabouts, David Hasselhoff indicates that, like Roy Rogers did to Trigger, KITT is now stuffed and mounted in Hasselhoff's living room.
  • The voice for KITT was provided by St. Elsewhere and 1776 star William Daniels who requested that he not be credited for his work. He never appeared in any episode of the series.
  • KITT made an entry accompanied by David Hasselhoff, when Hasselhoff did a performance on stage, singing one of his songs at Disneyland back in 1985, with various Disney characters behind him as his band.
  • KITT appeared in a AT&T television commercial with other robotic entertainment stars as Robby the Robot, WOPR, and Rosie the Robot Maid.
  • KITT was actually the second smart car developed by FLAG. The first, named KARR (Knight Automated Roving Robot), was built without the directive for the preservation of human life that KITT possessed. KARR fell into the wrong hands and served as KITT's evil twin during two episodes, "Trust Doesn't Rust", and "K.I.T.T. vs K.A.R.R.".
  • The idea of KITT was modeled after HAL 9000 in 2001. However, Larson had used the concept earlier in Battlestar Galactica (C.O.R.A., Episode "The Long Patrol") and Buck Rogers (Dr. Theopolous, Twiki). The car was inspired by a prominent television executive seeing a similar car in B.J. and the Bear, another Glen Larson production.
  • KITT makes a cameo in the 2005 Disney film Herbie: Fully Loaded during the opening credits. As supposedly old newspaper clippings are shown, displaying Herbie's past racing success (all articles were fabricated for the movie), an (edited) photo shows Herbie and KITT "hanging out" together, as a sign of Herbie's once-celebrity status.
  •  KITT's red scanner was a carryover from the "eye" of the robotic Cylons of Glen A. Larson's previous television series, Battlestar Galactica.
  •  KITT's grille scanner was red, and his "voice modulator" was a simple red square that lit up when he "spoke." In KARR's first appearance, it had a red scanner but a yellow voice modulator with lines increasing by degrees with the voice's decibels. KITT was eventually given a similar voice modulator, but it was still red. When KARR debuted, it had no license plate. But when it returned, its scanner was yellow, and it had a California license plate reading "KARR."
  • Fans of the series regard a device installed in KITT that only appears in second season episodes as an "April gadget".

Show

  • William Daniels and David Hasselhoff never met face to face until they met at a Christmas party. All lines for KITT during the production were done by a script person, while William Daniels would read the lines for KITT at a recording studio.
  • The opening title narration (used from "Good Day At White Rock", season 1, onwards) was spoken by Richard Basehart (who played Wilton Knight):

    Knight Rider, a shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man who does not exist. Michael Knight, a young loner on a crusade to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless, the powerless, in a world of criminals who operate above the law."
  • According to Glen A. Larson, in his interview on the Season One DVD, after the show became a big hit, Pontiac dealerships across the country were swamped with calls and visitors looking for the black Trans Am model that had KITT's features. Many people were practically laughed out of the dealership after learning the car really didn't exist. Toward the end of the first season, in a formal letter to Universal Studios, General Motors kindly asked them to never refer to KITT as a "Pontiac" or a "Trans Am" ever again. From then on KITT was just called KITT, or referred to as a "black t-top."
  • Glen Larson admits to not spending enough money on season one of Knight Rider. See the Legacy book. Part of the cheesiness of the show people pick on is the constant use of stock footage, and sometimes, miniatures.
  • The first piece of background music used in the series that was not specifically created for the series was the Eagles' "Take it Easy", and another Eagles hit, "Peaceful, Easy Feeling", can be heard soon after. This happens in the scene immediately following the scene where KITT reveals that he can talk to Michael, when Michael reveals that he wishes he had some music with him and KITT instinctively asks, "What would you like to hear?"
  • David Hasselhoff's ex-wife Catherine Hickland starred in 3 Knight Rider episodes. Ironically, after their divorce, she went on to marry Michael E. Knight, a soap opera star.
  • The speech room in the president's mansion in "Knight Flight to Freedom" and the party room in "Voo Doo Knight" were both in the same set.
  • In the same fashion as Star Trek fans are known as "Trekkies", some people refer to Knight Rider fans are "Knerds", in homage to the episode "Knight and Knerd."
  • When Knight Rider aired in syndication, a 30-minute version of several episodes was prepared and was aired by some television stations. These 30-minute versions cut many significant sections of the show out and deleted entire subplots and characters to fit the shows into this vastly shortened time-frame. These heavily cut episodes were not popular and did not continue to be aired for long.
  • Devon's Last Name Was Originally Shire. The name "Miles" was originally intended to be the name of the surgeon performing the operation on Michael Long's face.
  • The last, originally aired episode of Knight Rider was "Voo Doo Knight." This episode was not intended to be the series finale, however. When David Hasselhoff was informed that the show would be canceled at the end of its fourth season, he came up with the idea for the episode "The Scent of Roses", which would serve as the finale. Ultimately, however, NBC wanted "Roses" as a January sweeps episode, and chose to run it at that time. Most fans support Hasselhoff's vision of the end to Knight Rider over the network's vision. However, some fans consider Knight Rider 2000 as a finale to the series, principally because it involved KITT, Michael, and Devon.
  •  Knight Rider was parodied on The Simpsons episode And Maggie Makes Three. Homer and the family are watching a show called Knight Boat which featured a man named Michael driving a boat with artificial intelligence.
  • Knight Rider was also parodied in an episode of Futurama where his windshield wipers were used in the creation of Project Satan, the most evil vehicle ever created. When Fry says that "Knight Rider wasn't evil" he is told that "his windshield wipers were."
  • Knight Rider was also parodied in an episode of South Park which parodied Family Guy making a parody of Knight Rider where David Hasselhoff jumps on Peter's back to drive him, and Peter's smile becomes KITT's grille scanner.
  • The Knight Rider theme music was sampled by System of a Down in their song I-E-A-I-A-I-O

Karr Trivia

  • In "Trust Doesn't Rust", the voice of KARR was provided by voice actor Peter Cullen, better known as the voice of Optimus Prime in the The Transformers cartoon series. In "K.I.T.T. vs K.A.R.R.", KARR was voiced by Paul Frees.

  • KARR's three bar led voice display inspired fans to write in and ask for KITT to have a similar LED for his "mouth", instead of a simple flashing light. Midway through Season One (episode "Hearts of Stone"), KITT was given a three bar LED of his own.

  • KARR is possibly parodied in the Adult Swim television series Stroker and Hoop, considering the duo drive a computerized talking vehicle named C.A.R.R., although he is not evil and depicted in a more comical role.

Kitt

About the Car

  • Total production cost: $11,400,000 estimated in 1982. (This was KITT's total construction cost as he was first built in 1982. The cost of subsequent equipment improvements and the installation of additional features since his activation have not been factored.
  • KITT is a modified Pontiac Trans Am, designed by Michael Scheffe. The convertible and super-pursuit versions of KITT were customized by the legendary George Barris.
  • The 1982 Trans Am that KITT was based on featured the WS6 performance suspension that included 15 x 7 Turbo Cast-Aluminum wheels and hubcaps.
  • The Trans Am body is designed for speeds up to 300 mph, meaning the airfoils in KITT's super pursuit mode are technically not required under ideal conditions. A Trans Am with a standard body proved this at Bonneville during Speed Week. However, KITT's altered configuration gave him greater acceleration at takeoff.
  • There were at least four KITT cars used for filming:

KITT 1

KITT One was a normal car with the prop KITT dashboard that Michael's character drove. It was also used for most interior shots. It was commonly referred to as the "hero car."

KITT 2

Another car was made specifically for jumping and sometimes suspended by a crane as it passed through the air. It can be seen in various episodes with a sparse underside, an obviously fake fiberglass body, and thicker tires. According to stunt coordinator Jack Gill, this car weighed only 1500 pounds, and was weighted in the back to create a smoother looking descent.

KITT 3

A third car was modified to be driven from the back seat as the stunt driver (Jack Gill) hid behind the driver seat under a tarp. The driver looked through a little window in the headrest. You can usually see the "hidden driver" in most of the scenes where KITT drove himself by noticing the different design and size of the interior seats. A blooper in the very end of the last episode of first season, called "Short Notice", you can clearly see the stunt driver pop his head up and wave to the camera.

KITT 4

A fourth car was driven by a stunt driver. It had no custom KITT dash and was equipped with a roll bar. In some scenes with the car, you could see a round steering wheel and dashboard that were straight out of a normal Trans Am. This car was equipped with a nitrous oxide system and was used in scenes whenever KITT "burned rubber" or went "skiing" on two wheels.

  • In fourth season a "Super Pursuit Mode" KITT was created. Scenes where panels and airvents popped out were used on a static mock up model of the car.
  • The third generation Trans Am was Larson's initial choice of car. However in very early pre-production, pilot producer Harker Wade was looking to use a Datsun.
  • ALL of the KITT cars used in the series have been destroyed. They were destroyed because of an agreement that Universal had with Pontiac. All of the original cars had a big ol' destruction ball put through them. Approximately 10 minutes after the original cars were destroyed official replicas commissioned by Universal were made by George Barris and/or Jay Ohrberg. Two were sold to David Hasslehoff. One of these now resides in Keswick Cars of the Stars in England.  

Kitt Features

KITT had many features, most of which had an activation  button associated with them that were on panels mounted on either side of the steering wheel or on a console mounted on the ceiling of the interior. Many of these button functions seem to change around, appearing and disappearing, or rearranging from episode to episode. Some were used once and never seen again.

  • Computer AI-KITT was essentially an advanced supercomputer on wheels. The "brain" of KITT was the Knight 2000 Microprocessor which is the center of a "self-aware" cybernetic logic module that allowed KITT to think, learn, communicate and interact with humans. Although KITT wasn't programmed to have feelings, he always had an ego that was easy to bruise and displayed a very sensitive personality. The system was programmed to drive the car better than a human operator could. He also has an in-dash entertainment system that can play music and video, and run various computer programs including arcade games which Michael sometimes indulged in whenever KITT was driving. The belief that KITT was truly sentient was never discussed in the show, however KITT was fully aware of himself and programmed to obey all orders given to him by his human creators, so long as they didn't violate his prime directive of protecting human life (especially Michael's) to the best of his abilities. KITT has, however been referred to as being "alive" in at least one episode. According to the episode Dead of Knight, KITT's reaction time is one nanosecond and his "memory" capacity is 1000 megabits. For the latter, it is uncertain whether or not active RAM or Hard Drive space was being discussed.
  • Molecular Bonded Shell- KITT is armored with "Tri-Helical Plasteel 1000 MBS" (Molecular Bonded Shell) plating which protects him from almost all forms of conventional firearms and explosive devices. He could only be harmed by heavy artillery and rockets, and even then, the blast usually left most of his shell intact and only damaged internal components. The shell protected every part of the car including the tires. KITT could even act as a shield for explosives by driving over bombs and suppressing the blast. The shell also protected him from fire and electricity, however it was vulnerable to some potent acids and at least one formula was made to completely neutralize the shell. It is also shown that long exposure to seawater can weaken the shell as in the case of KARR. The shell is actually a combination of three secret substances referred together as the "Knight Compound", developed by Wilton Knight who entrusted parts of the formula to three separate people. These individuals only know two pieces of the formula, ensuring that any two of them could make more of the Knight Compound in an emergency situation and that no one person would be able to make it. The shell provided a frame tolerance of 223,000 lb (111.5 tons) and a front and rear axle suspension load of 57,000 lb (28.5 tons).
  • Pyroclastic Lamination-KITT is protected by a thermal-resistant coating that can withstand sustained temperatures of up to 800 degrees.
  • Power System-KITT is powered by the Knight Industries Turbojet with modified afterburners and a computer controlled 8-speed turbodrive transmission. Specifications 0 to 60 mph in 2 seconds, Standing to quarter mile 4.286 seconds. Electromagnetic hyper-vacuum disc brakes: 14 foot braking distance (70 - 0 mph).
  • Turbo Boost-Used at least once in every episode, a series of rear mounted undercarrage rocket motors allows KITT to accelerate to incredible speeds of up to 200 mph. When activated in combination with the Trajectory Guidance System and a pair of rocket motors mounted just behind the front tires that lifted the front of the car, KITT could jump 40 feet into the air and pass over obstacles in the road. The system also allowed KITT added power whenever he had to maneuver heavy objects such as pushing a heavy boulder off a cliff, or pulling a large vehicle out of danger. The boosters could fire forward or backward.
  • Voice Synthesizer-KITT's Voice Synthesizer allowed his logic module to speak and communicate. With it, KITT could also simulate other sounds, such as a police raid to fool criminals or a wild animal's growl, useful for scaring away a too-friendly animals intending to pee on his tires. KITT's primary spoken language was English, however by accessing his language module, he could speak fluently in Spanish and French. The module can be adjusted giving KITT different "accents" such as the fourth season episode "Out of the Woods", where KITT gets a "New York City" accent and called Michael, "Micky". During the first season, KITT's "mouth" in the interior of the vehicle was a flashing red square. In later seasons, this was changed to three sectioned vertical bars, as this design proved popular with fans as part of KARR.
  • Anamorphic Equalizer-KITT's most apparent feature was his front scan bar called the Anamorphic Equalizer. The device is a fiber-optic array electronic eyes. The scanner could see in all visual wavelengths as well as X-Ray and infrared. When KITT's surveillance mode was active, the bar would light up and make an ominous swooping sound as it panned left and right. Occasionally, the bar could pulse in different patterns and sweep rapidly or very slowly. The scan bar is also KITT's most vulnerable area. In an attempt to stop KARR, Bonnie rigged a laser that could penetrate KARR's sensor and disable his electronics.
  • Etymotic Equalizer-This system allowed KITT to hear sound. An array of audio sensors were threaded throughout his interior and exterior.
  • Olfactory Sensor-KITT could "smell" via an atmospheric sampling device mounted in his front bumper.
  • Microscanners-Microscanners are tiny audio and visual sensors embedded into the grooves of KITT's body. They allow for visual tracking and display of anything around the car.
  • Cruise Modes-These are KITT's three drive modes:

Normal Cruise

On "Normal", Michael had control of the car. In an emergency, KITT could still take over and activate Auto Cruise mode. In order to prevent this, one has to use the Manual Override. In the show's fourth season, the word "Cruise" was dropped and indicated simply by the word "Normal".

Auto Cruise

In "Auto", KITT could drive himself utilizing an advanced Auto Collision Avoidance system.

Pursuit

"Pursuit" is used during high-speed driving and is a combination of manual and computer assisted operation. KITT could respond to road conditions faster than Michael's reflexes could however Michael was technically in control of the vehicle and KITT helped guide certain maneuvers.

  • Computer Override-KITT has a hidden switch and setting dial under the dash that either completely shuts down his AI module or deactivates certain systems should the need arise.
  • Manual Override-KITT has a function which can be activated in order to completely lock the AI from all the vehicle controls. Unlike the Computer Override, Manual Override simply keeps KITT from activating Auto Cruse or preventing anyone inside the car from doing something that would probably hurt them. KITT's AI is still able to protest such actions vocally.
  • Police Lights/Siren-KITT's headlights can flash red and blue as police lights, and he has a siren.
  • Silent Mode-KITT could run silently. The feature dampened his engine noise and allow him to sneak around.
  • Grappling Hook and Winch-KITT has a hidden winch and grappling hook system, one mounted under his front bumper, and another in a compartment behind his tail light plate. Most often the hook is connected by a strong cable, but a metal arm has also been seen.
  • Parachute-KITT is equipped with a parachute.
  • Oil Jets/Smoke Screen-KITT could spray an oil slick and a plume of smoke from under the rear bumper.
  • Flame Thrower-KITT has flame throwers mounted under his bumpers.
  • Tear Gas Launcher-KITT can dispense a cloud of tear gas along with his smoke screen.
  • Ultramagnesium Charges-KITT can launch magnesium flares, which can also be used to divert heat-seeking missiles fired at him.
  • High Traction Drop Downs-When activated the HTDD system hydraulically raises KITT's chassis for better traction when driving off-road.
  • Traction Spikes-When activated KITT's tires would have spikes coming out in order for KITT to drive up steep off-road hills.
  • Telephone Comlink-Michael could contact home base and communicate with Devon over KITT's video display.
  • Microwave Jammer - KITT has an electronic jamming system that played havoc on electrical systems. The three main components are the Electromagnetic Field Generator, Electronic Field Disrupter and Microwave Ignition Sensor. The system could take control of electronic machines, allowing things like cheating at slot machines, breaking electronic locks, fouling security cameras, and withdrawing money from ATMs. The most common usage was to knock out the electronics systems of a fleeing vehicle where he could disable the engine and activate the brakes. In some episodes, KITT is even capable of using it to magnetize and manipulate non-electronic objects such as a mechanical combination lock and create "poltergeist" activity, moving random objects to frighten people.
  • Surveillance Mode-Surveillance Mode did several things; KITT could detect people and vehicles and track their movements and discern proximity. He could gather structural schematics of buildings, vehicles, or other devices and help Michael avoid potential danger when he was snooping around. KITT could also use it to monitor radio transmissions and telephone communications within a location and trace those calls. He could tap into computer systems to monitor, or upload and download information as long as he could break the access codes.
  • Infrared Tracking Scope-KITT could monitor the position of specific vehicles in the area within 10 miles. For instance, if Michael wanted to know the location of every police vehicle within 5 miles, KITT could display a schematic on his monitors of all police vehicles relative to his position.
  • Laser Powerpack-KITT can fire a high powered ultra-frequency modulated laser capable of burning through steel plating. Like most of KITT's components, the schematics for the laser device are classified.
  • Bomb Sniffer-KITT is equipped with a bomb sniffer module that can detect explosives within a few yards of the vehicle.
  • ECG - KITT has an electrocardiographic medical scanner that could monitor and display the vital signs of individuals on his monitors. It could indicate such conditions as if they were injured, poisoned, undergoing stress or other emotional behavior. KITT could even monitor Michael's physical activity through sensors inside the driver seat.
  • Deflatable Tires-KITT could deflate and reinflate his tires.
  • Fuel Processor-KITT was powered by a turbine engine primarily fueled by hydrogen gas, however, his complex fuel processor allows him to run on any combustible liquid, even regular gasoline. KITT's actual fuel requirements and efficiency ratings were classified, however in one episode, KITT mentioned his fuel economy was at least 100 miles per gallon. However, when operating on fuels other than liquid hydrogen, KITT's fuel efficency and power output may be lowered.
  • Self-Tinting Windows-KITT's windows could darken to opacity for various situations.
  • Stress Analyzer-KITT can process spoken voices and determine if someone may be lying.
  • Auto Doors, Sunroof, and Trunklid-KITT could automatically open and close his doors. He could also lock his doors to prevent unauthorized entry into his driver compartment. He could also open his hood automatically.
  • Rotating License Plate-KITT can rotate his KNIGHT licence plate to reveal a fictitious one reading "KNI 667". Michael used this to evade police when an APB was placed on him.
  • Seat Ejection System - KITT had two front ejection seats, mostly used when Michael needed a boost to fire escapes or building roof tops.
  • Passive Laser Restraint System-Added to KITT in later seasons, the restraint system helped protect Michael and any passengers from the shock of sudden impacts and hard stopping, especially after Super-Pursuit Mode. It is speculated that this is a primitive form of inertial dampening device.
  • Video Display Monitors- KITT had two CRT video display monitors on his dash for various readouts. They are controlled by two systems, the Graphic Translator (which sketches likenesses from verbal input) and the Anamorphic Equalizer (which gathered visual information from KITT's front scan bar) and microscanners. KITT only had one when his dash was redesigned for third season.
  • Computer Print Out-KITT could print hard copies of data on a dashboard mounted printer.
  • Ultraphonic Chemical Analyzer-KITT has a retractable tray with an electron scanner that could analyze the chemical properties of various materials. It could even scan finger prints and read ballistic information off bullets and compare these with a police database. Aside from the scanning tray, the system could also analyze chemical information gathered from KITT exterior sensors.
  • Fire Extinguisher-KITT could put out small fires from a CO2 sprayer in his bumpers.
  • Interior Oxygenator-KITT could release oxygen into his driver compartment and provide air to passengers if he was ever submerged in water or buried in earth. This is also used to overcome the effects of certain drugs.
  • Two-Wheel Ski Drive-The Ski Mode setting allowed KITT to "ski" (driving up on two wheels).
  • Aquatic Synthesizer-With this system, KITT can hydroplane and drive on water, using his wheels and turbo system for propulsion.
  • Sub Zero-KITT could release cryogenic gases and "flash freeze" the driver compartment. This was used once when a baby tiger managed to get inside to gnaw on his steering wheel and KITT wanted him out.
  • Sleep Gas-KITT could spray a gas into the driver compartment that could knock an unwanted occupant out cold.
  • Vacuum-KITT could expend all breathable air from the driver compartment, however, only KARR ever used it to harm someone. KITT used this to rid the compartment of smoke after bombs were disposed of in his trunk.
  • Super-Pursuit Mode-KITT's Super-Pursuit mode was added fourth season. The system was a redesign of his rocket motors that allowed him incredible speeds of up to 300 mph (500 km/h) and boost speed by 40%. Fins extended from his body for better aerodynamic.
  • Emergency Braking System-The EBS slowed KITT down from Super-Pursuit speeds. It consisted of a forward breaking booster and air panels that popped out to create air friction.
  • Convertible Roof-Added fourth season, by pressing the "C" button on KITT's dash, Michael could bring the top down and KITT became a convertible.

Other Equipment

  • Wrist Communicator-KITT is in constant contact with Michael via a two-way communication wrist watch Michael wore. The watch also had a micro camera and scanner that KITT could access to gather information.
  • Homing Device-In dire emergency, Michael can activate a secret homing beacon hidden inside a gold pendant he wears around his neck. The beacon sends a priority signal that can remotely activate KITT and override his programming so that he rushes to Michael's aid.
  • Knight Industries Mobile Unit-KITT has access to a mobile "garage", sometimes refered outside the show as "The Rook", which was a semi tractor and trailer owned by the Foundation. The mobile unit usually roamed somewhere near Michael's location. The trailer has an extendible ramp that dropped down and allows KITT to drive inside. The trailer was loaded with spare parts and equipment for KITT. It also had a computer lab where either Bonnie or April would work and conduct repairs and maintenance. At the front of the trailer is a small office area. During early episodes, the trailer was plain white. In later episodes, it was painted black with a gold stripe and a gold Knight chess piece emblem.

K.I.T.T. License Plate

KITT had a California license plate, yellow letters on a dark blue background, that read "KNIGHT." In another tip to the James Bond franchise, KITT was able to rotate his plate, in one episode reading the very simliar "KNI 667

license plate

KITT Serial Number

  • alpha-delta-227529(from Soul Survivor)