Fast & Furious 4: BMW M5
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Every Fast & Furious film has to have at least one over-the-top street race
with multiple cars careening along wildly, putting the lives of the drivers
(and anyone else who happens to be on the street at the time) in mortal
danger. And when it comes to mortal danger, what better car to face it in
than a BMW M5?
Fortunately for Fast & Furious, the 400-horsepower, V8-powered E39
generation (1998-2003) M5 is still a 5 Series sedan and acquiring and
redecorating much cheaper 528i and 540i models was easy. So the production
bought three old 540i sedans and four 528i models and redecorated them with
orange and black paint and 19-inch wheels. Of these seven BMWs, six were
destroyed. That includes three dropped off a bridge onto a road down below.
The M5 was another car that just seemed to emerge naturally during the
casting process — there wasn't anyone who didn't want the big, powerful
BMW in the show. And some design inspiration obviously came from German
tuning house Lumma Design's CLR 500 R-S version of the current E60 M5 that
was shown during 2007.
Of all the cars in the film, this one may be the least believable because
of all its body roll during the action scenes. It looks like an M5 with the
swaybars disconnected. Or a 528i with M5 front fenders.
Josh kalis 1969 Camaro Drag Racing Barona Drag Strip 3-3-2012
Saturday at barona drag strip test and tune 1969 Camaro drag racing.
Josh Kalis is a professional skateboarder, good enough to make a living
doing what he loves while managing to remain a "pure" street skater, the
type you won't find on display in an arena. Put him in a city and he uses
the urban landscape, whatever's available, as his space for ripping,
skate-speak for "executing drastic and radical moves." Look him up on
YouTube-we think you'll find this to be an apt description. Josh is also
known as "goofy." It's not a character description; it refers to his riding
stance, with his left foot back, near the tail of his board. But there's
nothing whatsoever wrong with this kid's right foot. Second only to his
passion for street skating is Kalis' zeal for extremely fast street cars,
culminating in this radically shaped, brute twin-turbo LS-powered 1969 Chevy Camaro, built to be Kalis'
"Ultimate Highway Driver." And whether you're speaking skater or gearhead,
this 760 turbocharged rear-wheel-horsepowered baby is ready
and able to put to the pavement, he said he's pulled it off
Throwin' Heat Although he grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Kalis'
automotive lust centered on European-style GT cars: autobahn warriors with
forced-induction engines, prominent fender flares and air dams, and big
rear wings, where 150 mph is a quaint cruising velocity and top speeds
approach 200 mph. He's owned two such rides, a supercharged BMW M5 and a
twin-turbocharged Porsche 996; neither,
however, could settle the "fastest car" issue in his favor, at least
amongst his local scene and in his hometown club, South Side Street Cars.
But Josh met a willing and skilled collaborator when he took the M5 to a Dyno session at All Speed
Performance in nearby Muskegon where he met Brian Moat. Game for the task,
the ASP crew did something no one else had been able to do: get Josh to go
domestic. "The guys at All Speed assured me that they could build a
musclecar that would outperform my BMW and my Porsche, and I would look a
lot cooler doing it," Josh recalls. Just like that, it was on.
The cockpit is more updated American classic than Teutonic, consisting of
Cobra black leather buckets fitted with Simpson four-point harnesses, a
Marquez fiberglass dash and door panels covered in black leather and suede
by ASP (yeah, they do upholstery, too), combined with stock '69 Camaro black carpet. It's also
got a face full of AutoMeter carbon-fiber gauges, with Boost and air/fuel ratio gauges, a Sparco Lap
5 wheel, and a Twist Machine lever to row the gears. The stereo is
extensive, consisting of an XO Vision 1946T head unit, along with Digital
Design front and rear speakers, subwoofer, and amp. Installation was by
Excessive Audio, and we're guessing they're appropriately named. The
shifter, stereo, and FAST Touch Screen Dash Data Loggers are all contained
in another custom ASP piece, the center console. And lest we forget,
there's a four-point rollbar, treated in the oven by Monarch Powder
Coating, which handled all such duties on this project.
Cash Days III DVD - $7,000 Street Race!
Big money street racing is what this DVD is all about! 8, 9, 10 second cars
all battling it out, HEADS UP, for a $7,000 pot! Two nights of racing, huge
burnouts, close races, and a battle for the cash!
Also included in this DVD is the St. Louis Street Racing trip you may have
seen on my site or youtube page, that race was for $12,000 with the same
caliber cars! (more)