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FAST AND FURIOUS

The Cars of the Film
A car defines the driver, and drivers have their unapologetic preferences when it comes to their rides: import or muscle. The Fast & Furious crew embraces this rivalry and has rolled out close to 250 of the baddest muscle cars and the sexiest tuners to appeal to gearheads who appreciate American heavy metal…or to those who prefer the sublime beauty of a Japanese or European import tuned to perfection.

The filmmakers raised the stakes once again, this time giving Dom and Brian an arsenal of cars to push the limits of speed and endurance. When Morgan put pen to paper, it was a foregone conclusion that the 1970 DODGE CHARGER that died a spectacular death at the end of The Fast and the Furious would be resurrected for Dom in Fast & Furious. "Not only is the Charger an awesome looking car,” states the writer, "but there's so much more to it. It tells a story; it represents the soul of Dom.”

Dom maintains his muscle car cred by driving a '70 Charger and 1970 CHEVROLET SS CHEVELLE, also featured in The Fast and the Furious, as well as a 1987 BUICK GNX GRAND NATIONAL and a 1973 F-BOMB CAMARO. For his part, Brian mixes it up with a tried-and-true performance import extraordinaire, the 1998 NISSAN SKYLINE GTR, as well as the versatile upstart 2009 SUBARU WRX STi. It's a muscle car world with a standout supporting cast of cars that includes Letty's 1970 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER and Fenix's 1972 FORD GRAN TORINO, with imports such as Mia's 2000 ACURA NSX and Gisele's 2007 PORSCHE CAYMAN orbiting around it. Not to be outdone, a who's who of coveted cars appears in the film to satisfy a variety of tastes.

It was up to another series favorite, picture car coordinator DENNIS MCCARTHY, an unapologetic muscle car devotee, to educate the cast and crew on the intricacies of what makes one car more desirable than the next…and to track down vehicles ultimately selected. McCarthy previously worked with Lin and Moritz on Tokyo Drift, a universe that featured primarily Asian imports with a handful of American cars.

Once decisions were made about models and makes for this movie, McCarthy had the daunting task of hunting down multiple versions of these often difficult- to-find classic automobiles. The next task was no easier: Build up and customize them so they were up to the rigors of filming.

It was the Dodge Charger that posed the biggest challenge for McCarthy and his team of mechanics. None of the original cars from The Fast and the Furious remained (save on the Universal Studios tour), so a countrywide treasure hunt ensued to literally piece together a total of seven Chargers…as well as some custom rebuilds.

Mia tries to talk sense into brother Dom.

"Dodge Chargers, in any condition, are extremely hard to find,” explains McCarthy, "and we went through roughly seven for filming…so that's a lot of parts. There just weren't enough out there.” With the expectation that the Charger had to return, McCarthy's team came up with a viable solution. "We decided to build a mold of the body out of fiberglass,” he states. "It worked out really well for us.”

One of the car junkie's luckier breaks came with an offer to build several exact replicas of the bullish F-Bomb Camaro. Built and owned by DAVID FREIBURGER, a well-known fixture in the car industry, the beauty is a powerful classic coveted by anyone who has seen her move…and delivered the expletive that inspired her curious name.

In addition to the hero cars driven by the core cast, the filmmakers needed to complement the action with a number of unique background cars that audiences have come to demand from each film of the franchise. A McCarthy-found standout that had both cast and crew awestruck was a stunning candy-apple red<

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