From the Marbles - NASCAR

Sweet find from an eagle-eyed spy over at Ain't It Cool News -- set pics from the new Transformers 3 movie. And while our tipster and the AICN folks didn't quite seem to know what they were looking at, I'm betting you could hazard a pretty good guess:

Huh. Whaddaya know. Turns out Jimmie Johnson's not the robot -- his car is!

The flick is currently shooting in downtown Chicago, with a projected release date of July 1, 2011. The Wikipedia page on the flick seems to indicate that the NASCAR rides are "Decepticons" -- that would be the bad guys in the Transformers universe. I knew it!

In addition to Johnson, the cars of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Juan Pablo Montoya have been robotically tricked up. Below, more photos and some video of the cars in low-speed action. 

Call me a prude, but those look like they might be some illegal modifications. And how's Junior supposed to hit his pit box with a rocket engine strapped to his deck lid, huh?

Here's a bit of video of the cars in motion from Comic Book Movie:

Man. These guys could totally take those nancies from "Cars." And I fully expect to see Chad Knaus try to sneak some of these parts into the 48 car for the Chase.

(Thanks to Doug C for the tip.)

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