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Heists are, by their nature, illegal. So what could be a better car for a heist than a sinister black Buick Grand National GNX? And that's just what Dominic Torreto (Vin Diesel) drives at the beginning of Fast & Furious as he robs a land train full of high-octane fuel. No one in the picture car department remembers exactly how the GNX won its role, except that it seemed such a natural choice that no one gave it a second thought.
Considering the intense stunts performed during the filming of this opening sequence, it's probably not surprising that a lot of Buick Grand Nationals (but no actual GNXs) were sacrificed in its creation. In fact, the picture car department created seven of them, all based on real GNs or T-Types. Four would wind up scrapped.
The most unusual of the seven GNs built was one with the body mounted backward on the frame so it could be driven at speed while appearing to be going backward. To get the engine tucked under the trunk lid, however, the turbocharger and its plumbing had to be removed. Most of the other GNs retained their original turbo V6s, though a couple had Chevy crate V8s installed.
It's amazing it took this long for someone to give the Grand National the starring role it deserved.
Fast & Furious 4: Ford Gran Torino
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What Clint Eastwood did for the 1972 Gran Torino in Gran Torino, Fast &
Furious will try to undo. Because in this movie, the very nastiest bad guy
— you know, the chief henchman who does the dirtiest deeds and dies just
before the big boss bad guy gets his — drives a '72 Gran Torino
The inspiration for the Gran Torino in Fast & Furious comes from a similar
Torino built for Dan Widmann at Steve Strope's Pure Vision Design — the
same shop from which emerged the Hammer Road Runner that's also featured in
the film. Strope brought Widmann's Torino to a casting session and a star
— well, a co-star — was born.
The one significant visual change between Widmann's Torino and the replicas
built for the film is that Widmann's car is blue, and the bad guy Torinos
were painted green. It seems that blue was already assigned as super-dreamy
Paul Walker's color in Fast & Furious, so the bad attitude character "Fenix
Rise" (played by Laz Alonzo) would have to wear green.
Little matter, however, as the Gran Torino looks dang good in green.
To portray Fenix's FoMoCo, the picture car department acquired six '72
Torino Sportsroof models and one '73. As with the Charger, some of the
stunt cars were fit with Chevy crate V8s and automatic transmissions, but
at least one of the cars was originally equipped with a 429 and four-speed
manual transmission. Five of the cars were either destroyed during
production or ripped apart for parts.
Among the Torinos destroyed was that 429 four-speed car. Sometimes evil
must be done in order to portray evil.
Fast & Furious 4: The Cars and Trucks
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Opens Friday, April 3!!!
In the movie business, cars are expendable. They're not respected, nowhere
near cherished, subject to abuse and constantly thrashed. It doesn't matter
if the cars are Ferraris or Ford Crown Vics, the job of any vehicle in a
movie is to tell the story effectively — even if it must be destroyed in
order to do so. And in a movie like Fast & Furious (opening April 3) the
cars do a lot of storytelling. We should know; we went behind the scenes.
In October of 2007, Dennis McCarthy was hired as the picture car
coordinator for Fast & Furious, and after leasing a 60,000-square-foot shop
in Southern California's San Fernando Valley and hiring a staff of
mechanics and fabricators, he got started building the 240 or so cars that
would be needed for the production — to portray about a dozen on-screen
cars tied to a character. After all, duplicates were needed of every car to
ensure the production never had to slow down; to perform specific stunts;
and to be wrecked in the most spectacular way possible.
Using documentation from the production's picture car department and
in-person interviews with McCarthy and his hard-working team of
fabricators, Inside Line has created the most comprehensive guide to this
year's hottest movie cars. Here it is: Inside Line's guide to the cars and
trucks of Fast & Furious.
Dirt Cheap Rat Rod! 1968 Charger Buildup and Thrash - Roadkill Ep. 23
Freiburger and Finnegan think this is the best episode so far! It's the
longest, too. This show has it all: a Mad-Max-vibe 1968 Dodge Charger built
with motorhome parts, sideways Dukes-style action, lots of low-buck
wrenching, hilarious snafus, and cameo appearances by the Macho Grande from
episode 8, the '66 Buick Special convertible from a pre-Roadkill episode,
the ramp truck from episode 20, and the Fury from episode 22. Enjoy the
last Roadkill of 2013!
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412hp supercharge 350z vs the Great Grand National
412hp supercharge 350z(low Boost
pulley) vs the Great Grand National
my nissan was no match for the grand national....
350z - stillen Supercharger,stillen Intercooler,cosworth Vq block
with 10.3:1 pistons and CNC big valve heads,DC headers
Grand National -1987 buick grand national stroker stage II T/A aluminum
block and heads.Fully built J&E pistons, scat rods, steel crank, Jessel
rockers, BG intake with RJC spacer, RJC pulley's, MSD dis high output
alternator, turbo 76MM Innovative turbo dbb..asnti 22 rear 20 in the front
(new set up)bear all around etc
its not a GNX its a Grand national......the rims are a custom 20in 3
piece rims on Nitto NT 555 R Drag Radials(video set up)
pic of rims
Grand National single turbo 1,500 horsepower dale cherry
A video from bowling Green, Ky 5-18-2002 Single turbo stage 2 V6 4.1 liter. Killer sounding turbo. On this run, wheels up launch while
spinning. Dale said it also spun the last 300 feet or so. 1500 horsepower, full steel car
except the hood! full frame. built and tuned by Dale Cherry of Hatboro,Pa
owner of: http://www.injection-connection.com/HomePage.htm
car info: http://www.turbobuick.com/dale_cherry_car.html
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS Clone Burnout
Lawell Motorsports' built 1970 Chevelle warming up the tires, this Chevelle
is fully built, it has a 125HP Nitrous
kit, Ported heads, Headers, turbo 350
Transmission, Shift Kit, Suspension, Big Brakes, Flow Master Exhaust and much more!
Lawell Automotive Performance
Viper vs Grand National
Viper vs Grand National
Novi2000 with fuel upgrades. Otherwise stock and on 20" Nitto INVO's and a
6 speed manual. street driven car
Grand National. Built Motor, 67mm turbo,
ET Streets, built/stalled 200R4
The 5 Affordable Muscle Cars You Must Buy Right Now -- AFTER/DRIVE
Muscle cars aren't just for billionaire grandpas rocking Hemi 'Cudas. Mike
Musto, host of /DRIVE's BIG MUSCLE lets us in on a few secrets to enjoying
tire-smoking Americana on the cheap.
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Buick Grand National Racing Video
A movie made from a fellow Swede, Jakob "heatseeker", the darkblue GNX
clone is his, my car is the Pontiac showing up in the end with the Cowl
Fast and Furious 4: F-Bomb 1000FT Burnout (green '73 Camaro)
The real Fast and Furious 4 movie car, the F-Bomb (green '73 Camaro), does a 1000 foot burnout
at the Tracks of Willow Springs. The F-Bomb is a 1500HP twin turbo beast created by Nelson Racing Engines and
owned by self proclaimed car junkie David Freiburger. Watch this clip to
see it's impressive power in action! How often do you get to see a hot rod
smoke the tires through every gear?