German filmmaker Fritz Lang hardly had any clue that his 1927 science-fiction movie Metropolis would be the inspiration for someone after decades to build a racetrack sculpture and name it Metropolis II.

Artist Chris Burden spent four years for building his large-scale kinetic sculpture that features 1,100 toy cars running fast through an elaborate system of roadway tracks, at speeds of up to 230mph.

Burden used steel beams to make the framework that has 18 roads, including one six-lane freeway and train tracks. Magnets are used to pull the tiny cars up the conveyor belts.

They can crash, they can fly off the track, they can bump into each other, Burden told ABC.

It wasn't about trying to make this scale model of something. It was more to evoke the energy of a city.

Take a look at Metropolis II below.