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Voodoo

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Vehicle
Voodoo
A Voodoo in GTA Vice City.
(Rear quarter view)
A Voodoo in GTA Vice City.
Appearance(s) GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
GTA Vice City Stories
GTA IV
GTA Chinatown Wars
Vehicle type Civilian car
Body style 2-door coupe
Capacity 2 (driver and 1 passenger)
Manufacturer Declasse (GTA IV)

The Voodoo is a two-door lowrider in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. It is especially favored for its low ground clearance, which allows for the wheels to be protected to an extent.

Design

GTA Vice City — GTA Vice City Stories

"Extremely popular with Haitian gang-bangers, degenerates, and war-lords. Found in Little Haiti"
- Official Vice City Bureau of Investigation file description, GTA Vice City.[1]


With its panoramic windshield and distinctive sideways tail fins, the Voodoo from GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories strongly resembles a 1960 Chevrolet Impala. Where the Impala has triple-taillights, however, the Voodoo uses paired taillights, like those seen on the Chevrolet Bel Air and Biscayne; but judging from their spacing, they could just be an Impala's - lacking its innermost lights.

In GTA Vice City, the car is only available in red (with the exception of one black version seen in "Two Bit Hit"; see #Variants), and has hydraulics instead of a horn. In GTA San Andreas, it is seen in many different colors. The fuel cap is behind the rear license plate of the car, and if it is shot, the car will explode. In GTA Vice City Stories, the Voodoo emits a turbocharged engine noise, and can be resprayed in different colors; the hydraulics are also replaced with a car horn.

The car has been repeatedly adopted as a gang car, first by the Haitians in GTA Vice City, then the Grove Street Families (and, in some missions, by the Ballas) in GTA San Andreas. While reappearing in GTA Vice City Stories, the car is driven by standard drivers instead.

Being a two-door, the Voodoo is only capable of seating two and can be used in the lowrider competition in GTA San Andreas.

GTA IV

In GTA IV, the Voodoo retains many of its visual cues and the two-door design from previous games, and, according to police radio chatter, bears the Declasse brand. It remains a low-rider, but hydraulics are no longer available. The car now has the Chevrolet Impala's trademark six taillights, and its rear is still modeled on the 1960 Impala; the grille is similar to a 1964 Impala (but "H" shaped like a 1965 Rambler Classic, 1968 Plymouth Roadrunner, etc., however, the front's resemblance is closer to the 1964 Impala; the grille just appears to be altered). The roof and windows also resemble those of the 1963 or 1964 Impala. The Voodoo also has a chrome strip running down the trunk, similar to that of a 1959 Impala. It is seen with both one-tone and two-tone body colors, and all Voodoos feature "S.S." and "Limited Edition" badging, as well as a heart-shaped hood ornament.

The Voodoo in GTA Chinatown Wars appears to be used exclusively by local African-American gangs (presumably African Americans and the North Holland Hustlers), appearing in territories under their control. The car is only available with a white-and-blue paint job, but is otherwise similar in design to the GTA IV Voodoo.

GTA IV also has a white-blue Voodoo similar to the Voodoo in GTA Chinatown Wars. It is, however, not assigned to any gang member.

Performance

In GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas, it is speedy, with smooth handling for a car of its size, and thanks to its low center of gravity, it will generally not flip unless the hydraulics are jacked up. In GTA Vice City Stories, the Voodoo's speed is slow, and it struggles to climb steep inclines; after a collision, it may take a while until the Voodoo gets going again. Despite these shortcomings, the Voodoo is the second fastest lowrider in GTA San Andreas.

In GTA IV, the Voodoo still has a low center of gravity, but is much slower (one of the slowest-accelerating cars in the game), heavier, less maneuverable, has terrible brakes, and has a top speed of only 125 km/h (77 mph). Its weight and bulk, however, make it resilient to damage. The performance of the car in GTA Chinatown Wars appears to have improved drastically, with good acceleration, top speed and cornering, and average brakes.

Variants

  • In GTA Vice City, a unique black Voodoo appears during "Two Bit Hit" in a funeral gathering for the Haitian gang. As they arrive at the funeral, players may steal and store the Voodoo first before focusing on the target fleeing in a Romero's Hearse. An alternative would be to snipe the Voodoo's driver, kill the target before the chase goes too far from the Voodoo (think Minigun), and then get in the Voodoo and quickly drive off to avoid the car being destroyed by the target's enraged minions.
  • In GTA IV, a special "Jamaican Flag" (black and green with gold chrome) Voodoo, further distinguished by its side twin exhaust pipes (which functions alongside a normal chrome exhaust in the rear) and rear fender skirts, is driven by members of Little Jacob's posse. Its performance is no different from those of regular Voodoos.
  • Standard Voodoos in GTA IV may also come with similar chrome parts; one Voodoo color scheme, a black and red combination, comes with gold chrome, while a dark candy red Voodoo (occasionally confused as being all-black) comes with duller bronze chrome parts. Although the former's overall coloration resembles the gang cars of the Spanish Lords, it is not affiliated with any gang.
  • Elizabeta Torres owns a unique Voodoo that sports a one-of-a-kind white and pink paint-job, and silver chrome trims all around. The car can only be obtained in the mission "Have a Heart", when, it has a slight sag in the rear suspension due to its trunk being filled with two bodies. The only way to obtain it is to park it in the Bohan Safehouse parking space and fail the mission. Save the game and it will be there for you to drive, minus the bodies in the trunk.
  • A Voodoo requested by Stevie's Car Thefts, parked in front of the LC24 Tower in East Island City, Dukes, features an all-emerald body with black trims and rims. The car can be taken and stored at a safehouse, as another Voodoo will respawn again at the LC24 Tower until the player delivers it to S&M Auto Sales.
  • A Jamaican Voodoo with chrome parts can be found in some gang wars in The Lost and Damned involved Jamaicans.

Customization in GTA San Andreas

Modification of the Voodoo in GTA San Andreas can only be performed at Loco Low Co. However, like the Tahoma, the Voodoo's choices of customization is far more limited than most other lowriders, including:

  • Colors
    • Car Color 1 (primary body color): $150
  • Wheels
    • Twist: $1,200
    • Wires: $1,560
    • Virtual: $620
    • Access: $1,140
  • Car Stereo
    • Bass Boost: $100
  • Hydraulics: $1,500
  • Nitro
    • 2x Nitrous: $200
    • 5x Nitrous: $500
    • 10x Nitrous: $1,000

Trivia

  • When originally assigned as the gang car for the Haitian gang in GTA Vice City, the Voodoo's name is presumably intended to reference Haitian Voodoo, a traditional syncretic religion originating from Haiti; "Haitian Voodoo" happens to be similar to the former naming convention of gang cars, in which a gang name is assigned as a prefix to the vehicle's name. While no longer associated with Haitians in subsequent games, the car continues to be adopted by various gangs of African descent.
  • The Voodoo made a cameo appearance in Rockstar North's Manhunt 2.
  • The Voodoo plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
  • In perfect condition, the Voodoo can be sold in the S&M Auto Sales for $2,000 in GTA IV after completing Stevie's Car Thefts.
A wreck of a Voodoo in GTA IV (rear quarter view).
  • Rusting wrecks of Voodoos can be found in various dilapidated areas and junkyards in GTA IV.

Locations

GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
GTA Vice City Stories
  • Unlike in GTA Vice City, Voodoos may also spawn outside Little Haiti.
GTA IV
The Ballad of Gay Tony
  • Occasionally spawns in the underground parking garage in Algonquin where the mission Going Deep takes place (as long as the mission isn't under way).
GTA Chinatown Wars

Reference

  1. Vice City Crime Tree. Rockstar Games. official GTA Vice City website