Fast Five is pulling in ticket sales this week at a record pace. We could say that Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Dwayne Johnson were solely responsible for the gender neutral crowds, but I think we all know who the real stars of the show are!
The 1972 Skyline GT-R featured in the opening scene of Fast Five is a great example of early import muscle. Beyond the fact that only a hand full of these were produced thanks to the oil crisis of ’72, these cars were built solely for the adrenaline junkie. The old Skyline’s included a race suspension, minimized interior, and a 6-cylinder (S20) powerplant capable of 160 horsepower, which in the hands of such a light chassis, was absolutely lethal.
The 2009 Nissan GT-R doesn’t make its appearances until the final scenes of the film, but they are certainly memorable ones. Keeping with the same 6-cylinder tradition of yesteryear, the new GT-R features a 24-valve, variable timed, 24-valve engine, capable of 480 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque. Suffice to say, Nissan has made some incredible improvements to this classic, import, street brawler.
One of the ultimate beasts of the Fast and Furious franchise is Dom Toretto’s 1970 Charger. It has gone through very few changes over the films, but the hardcore fanatic will likely notice its shiny paint scheme has turned into a more modern, flat black. While there are several versions of the car used in the movie, the 426 Hemi V8 is probably the most traditional. This 500+ horsepower big block features a host of go fast hardware, including a Holley carburetor, BDS 9-71 Roots-style blower, Dana 60 rear axle, and 727 three-speed automatic. This Charger has also been upgraded with BDS electronic fuel injection, Hedman headers, Flowmaster mufflers, and drinks only Sunoco racing fuel.
The train heist scene features two of the best cars in the film, which is why I’ve saved them for last. This Corvette Grant Sport is actually a 1965/1966 replica purchased from Mongoose Motorsports. It features a 502 cubic-inch Ram Jet crate engine, T-10 Borg Warner four-speed manual, and nearly 600 horsepower. Considering the frame is so lightweight, this car moves incredibly quick. Its original “dinosaur” suspension has been swapped out for a C3 Corvette setup, making it a little more forgiving in the turns. However, according to those who have driven it, it’s still quite a handful!
The truck known as “Mongo” from Fast Five, was built from scratch using an old Oshkosh HEMTT military cab the film crew was able to pickup at a Marine Corps surplus sale. The cab sits on a collection of steel tubing, which serves as its fundamental support and chassis. A cradle was built into the underside of the vehicle, from which all its suspension anchors to, including a set of box shocks. The engine of choice is a 502 cubic-inch, Chevrolet, Ram Jet, crate motor, offering upwards of 600 horsepower. Despite its 9,000 lb curb weight, the 7:10 final drive ensures it’s still fairly quick. Pay no mind to the wobbly left rear wheel in the video, this truck has probably had a pretty rough life.
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