KITT was designed as a police car to provide a high-tech alternative to the traditional police car. The timing of KITT's debut, 1977, was convenient for a show that was entirely concerned with crime and law-enforcement, in an era when the car featured prominently in shows like Starsky and Hutch, Police Story, and Knight Rider. The first episode featured the first meeting of the two partners in crime, the Charles Gordon Kitt , seen here in the role of the police car, and Stacey Travis, played by David Hasselhoff. (Some people say that the first KITT was a white (1970s-1980s) KIA Rio.
KITT was the creation of the Knight Industries Two Thousand (KITT), who was created by millionaire technology inventor Wilton Knight, and his son Charles, who designed the car. He was a genius inventor and created many innovations, such as the Plasma 3-D Television, the Hyperdrive Supercar, the Underwater Sanctuary, and the Supercharger, as seen in Knight Rider.
KITT's first appearance was in The Six Million Dollar Man television series. In the pilot episode, he was introduced as a futuristic police car. The car was created in a lab by the U.S. government, and was rebuilt (and apparently redesigned) by Wilton Knight Industries.
In the classic series, KITT stood 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighed 3,100 pounds, and had a top speed of 130 miles per hour. He was originally built by the U.S. government to fight crime and criminals.
He was also programmed to be a law-enforcer. When KITT's programming was completed, he was given the choice to kill (or have his memories erased), but chose to be an enforcer. He was then built to be the perfect law enforcement unit, complete with a high-tech police uniform with a built-in grappling gun, which allowed KITT to attach to criminals and take them back to headquarters. He was also able to withstand the highest temperatures without melting or burning, and could walk on water. 827ec27edc