Which of these custom cars are you looking forward to seeing in the new Fast and Furious movie the most?
If you watched the first Fast and Furious movie back in 2001, which was essentially Point Break with street racing, you would never have believed it would go on to become one of the most successful action movie franchises of all time, with a star-studded ensemble cast and crazy stunts. Indeed, the first movie looks low key by comparison, as each stunt-filled sequel has become increasingly absurd. One thing has always remained, though: the car is the star.
Some of the most iconic cars in movie history were spawned from The Fast and Furious movies, and The Fate of the Furious will continue that trend. While there will be plenty of product placement from Dodge, there will still be a host of other interesting cars on-screen.
Mighty Car Mods recently got a chance to visit the workshop where the custom movie cars are created by movie car coordinator Dennis McCarthy. Incredibly, McCarthy mentions that over 300 cars were built for the eighth movie within six months. A Subaru BRZ is shown which features in the main New York setpiece, fitted with a wide bodykit, roll cage, racing harness and hydraulic handbrake. Four were made for the film, 75 percent of which survived the stunt work – that’s a good ratio for a Fast and Furious movie, apparently. Letty’s 1966 Chevrolet Corvette, meanwhile, originated as a barn find with severe rust damage that required a lot of restructuring just to hold up the fiber glass.
It didn’t even have a motor, so the team had to fit it with a 400 horsepower Chevy crate motor mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission. One of the more interesting cars in the movie is a 1951 Chevrolet which features in an obligatory street race in Cuba. Some minor spoilers here: to make it competitive against the 1955 Ford it races with in the movie, you’ll get to see Dom rip the car apart to shed weight and install a nitrous system. Of course, you can’t have a Fast and Furious movie without Dom getting behind the wheel of a burly Dodge Charger. A 1970 Charger features in The Fate of the Furious, and was extensively modified for the Iceland chase scene.
The result is one of the most awe-inspiring cars to feature in the franchise, sporting a widebody kit inspired by Ken Block’s Hoonicorn ’65 Mustang. It was also was fitted with a 550 horsepower LS engine. Since it spends the majority of its time on-screen sideways, the steering ratio was modified so you could go from lock to lock in a single turn. That should be a handful to handle. The Fate of the Furious will be racing into theaters on April 14th.