Fast & Furious 4: Subaru WRX STi
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What's a Fast and Furious movie without some obvious product placement? And
in Fast & Furious, the most obvious product placement is Subaru's WRX STI.
The Subie got its role in F&F when the picture car coordinator went looking
for a new, high-performance, rally-type car for FBI agent Brian O'Connor
(super-dreamy Paul Walker) to drive near the film's climax. Basically it
was a choice between the Mitsubishi Evo X and the WRX STI, and Subaru was
the first one to say it would supply cars. So Subaru it was.
Subaru gave a total of seven brand-new WRX STI models to the production in
exchange for prominent placement in the film. But just because they were
zero-mile cars doesn't mean that they were treated with any respect by the
picture car department. After all, what matters in movie-making is getting
the movie made, not making sure any Subaru survives unscratched.
So all the Subies had their interiors stripped, all were fitted with
straightforward tuner-style modifications from Perrin, Cobb Tuning and
Veilside, and then they were sent out to work on the set. Of the seven, one
was cut up into an engine-less filming buck and five were destroyed during
filming. The remaining car is in a warehouse awaiting another shot at fame.
Drifter! Rhys Millen Hyundai Genesis Drifting
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Rhys Millen @ Pikes Peak: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfF55LIxZo4
It's not like you think. It's not busy. Or rushed. Or frantic. There's no
chopping at the wheel, no exaggerated stabs at the pedals. In fact, it's
just the opposite: small, highly calculated and immensely precise inputs
direct the Genesis Coupe's trajectory. Rapid but relaxed steering
suggestions translate into dramatic changes in direction and speed. Subtle,
deliberate prods at the throttle and shifter blur the scenery on one side,
then the other.
This is cool control. This is engineered elegance. This is drifting done
right. This is what it's like to ride in the world's most advanced drift
car: Rhys Millen's 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe.
Of course the calm, collected ride inside is in ironic contrast to the
violence outside. But we're not surprised. We've ridden with Millen before,
during practice for the Pikes Peak Hill Climb years ago and around various
rally stages back in American rallying's glory days.
Since then he has won the 2008 Red Bull World Drift Championships, the
Formula D series title in 2005 and two Tires.com Triple Crown Drift
Championships. Not to mention multiple titles at Pikes Peak. That this guy
can drive is not the surprising part.
What is surprising is the level of preparation it takes to make a drift car
competitive in 2009.
Fast & Furious 4 Trailer 2
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Fast & Furious 4 Behind the Scenes
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Almost six months before filming was set to begin on Fast and Furious, the
movie's picture car coordinator Dennis McCarthy was already running out of
space to hold all the cars, trucks, semis and trailers being built for the
production. This was way back in October 2007 and it was McCarthy's job to
bring together every vehicle that would be seen on-screen in the fourth in
The Fast and the Furious series. Sound easy? It wasn't; there were going to
be more than 200 of them.
"Reading the script, it was obvious this was going to be bigger than Tokyo
Drift," said McCarthy, who had the same job on that third Fast/Furious
film. "And a lot more of them were going to be 'specialty cars' that we'd
have to build ourselves."
So despite having more than 60,000 square feet of shop space to work in,
Dennis McCarthy was already running out of room.
Bad Driving Compilation
A collection of lane crossers and driving fails recorded on Mulholland Hwy
over the last 6 Months. Celica at end is same as one from beginning, he
crashed a couple turns after he passed me.
Mulholland Highway in Los Angeles has been a popular riding area for
motorcycles & fast cars for decades. Car and motorcycle clubs are regular
visitors every weekend. Jay Leno can often be found at the famous Rockstore
and at a view point called Lookout talking with fellow motor enthusiasts.
Crashes are common as well as a heavy police presence on most weekends. The
Snake is a two mile section of Mulholland above the Rockstore. Riders
usually will make multiple runs allowing me to move from corner to corner
when assembling rider videos. The speed limit is 45 mph, most riders are
not going much over that so the majority of tickets are crossing the line,
wheelies or equipment violations. Bicycles are up here all the time but
motorcycles and bikes seem to do fine together as long as the cyclists are
willing to stay to the right. Cars passing them are a bigger problem since
there is no shoulder and most turns are blind.
I mainly shoot on the last corner coming up because I can see much of the
road and photogs are expected. The turn gets it's fair share of crashes
but people crash other places also just no one is filming. The top corner I
shoot seem to average one crash every couple weeks in the summer, out of
many hundreds of riders. 911 emergency services are rarely called and
accidents are seldom reported since most riders do not get injured
severely. Google Street View - http://goo.gl/wsMi
Tanner Foust Street Drift: Mulholland - GT Channel
Repost: But we we thought some of you may have not seen it yet & it's such
an awesome video. http://gtchannel.com for more videos. Tanner Foust
drifts his Rockstar Energy Drink Scion TC Drift Car on a legendary stretch
of Mulholland Highway known as "The Snake". Watch Tanner unleash his 600hp
NASCAR V8 powered Scion drift car on this famed road. There were no
rehearsals and most of the film is of Tanner's first run on a clean stretch
of road. And, yes, the road was closed. WARNING: The following video was
performed by a professional driver on a closed course. Do not attempt what
you are about to see.
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Tokyo Street Drift
My friend and I drove down to a shipping area in Shinagawa and noticed a
lot of tiremarks on the road. It was awesome cause people set up with
chairs sometimes and watch in the middle of the road. All the drifters
cover their plates, and it's pretty sweet to watch.
Saisoku: Banned from Japan
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On the infamous Tokyo Bay, watch as the drivers defiantly disregard the law
and rip it up on the streets ... in BROAD DAYLIGHT!
Be treated to exclusive footage of the ADVAN Drift Cup and Battle
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