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Fast & Furious 6 screening

Insane cars and things going BOOM!

Toni Avery
May 22, 2013

The Archlight theater in Hollywood held a special screening of the newest Fast & Furious movie, Fast 6. It featured some of the classic car chases, crashes, and street racing, and similar plotline to the previous five renditions that the series is known for.

A good part of the film took place in London, where most of the exploding and intense driving sequences happened. But Fast 6 didn't just use a bunch of juiced up Japanese monsters, they instead sourced an impressive list of unexpected cars worth stunting around in.

The hero cars were driven quite a bit throughout the film including Vin Diesel's character (Dom) driving a 1969 Dodge Daytona. Because a pristine original example is worth somewhere around $500,000 Dennis McCarthy (picture vehicles coordinator) and his department had to build their own pack of Daytona's. The goal was to re-create the styling of the Daytona while making the foundation of the cars as modern as possible. The fiberglass molds for the rear wing and nose of the car were fabricated while a new SRT8 motor out of a 2012 Challenger was used along with a six-speed manual transmission.

The "good guys" weren't the only ones to drive bad-ass cars and it's nearly impossible not to mention them. The Flip Car is a serious one-of-a-kind machine, built to literally 'flip' whatever is in its path. This 3,600 lb heavy-metal-exposed skeletal-framed car caused serious destruction during the film. It's hard to believe this concept car is based off a Formula 1 car retrofitted with a supercharged Chevrolet LS3 500hp engine. The Flip Car also has four-wheel rear steering and can sit up to three baddies. Build time for the matching set of these skeletal beasts took three weeks and roughly 10 weeks to design, develop and test.

Other notable cars include: 1971 Mark 1 Ford Escort (driven by Paul Walker), 1969 Ford Anvil Mustang (driven by Tyrese Gibson), 1970 Jenson Interceptor (driven by Michelle Rodriguez), and a slew of cool modern machines including a 2012 Aston Martin DB9, 2012 Alfa Romeo Guilietta, 2010 Nissan GT-R, 2010 Dodge Challenger and a bunch of 2008 BMW M5's, to name a few.

If your goal is to see a bunch of fast cars being driven way beyond the limit, then go see the film. There was plenty of serious driving to last us till the next Fast rendition. We'd recommend staying well past the credits to see hints of the seventh (yes... seventh!) Fast and Furious. Much like the lure of watching a train wreck we can't seem to pull our selves away from the mayhem created by the FF movie franchise. As much as we snicker at the dialogue and plots we can't seem to get enough of the action packed, explosion rich, fast car filled Fast & Furious movies. Although at this point they may be running out of continents to destroy.

By Toni Avery
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