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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 and Furious 3: Monte Carlo
Inside Line takes the Fast and Furious 3 movie cars to the test track.
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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.
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 Legend: Turbo Buicks
The Smoking Tire heads out to Fontana, CA for a drag strip meetup with the
guys from turboBuick.com and learns
about the one-time "fastest car in America," the Buick Grand National.
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.
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
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BATMOBILE?! 1972 Buick Riviera 455 / 7.5L - startup, V8 sound, overview
Jamboolio records a highly customized 1972 Buick Riviera 2-Door Coupe with
the 7.5-liter 455 cid Big Block V8 engine.
This American muscle car classic has been modified with a two tone color
combination; orange and black, and also with huge chrome wheels.
Here's an overview of this gorgeous, almost Batmobile-like classic with a
very clean exterior, look into the engine bay, engine startup with loud Exhaust sound, and a few driving scenes,
Location: Helsinki Cruising Night 6/2014,
Helsinki, Finland 2014
- Insanely LOUD 760HP Chevrolet Camaro SS 9.0L / 555 cid V8!!
- 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350
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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.
Duramax Diesel Grand National CLONE
This is actually an Oldsmobile chasis that was converted into a Grand
National looking Buick. This car is powered by a 6.6 litre Duramax Diesel
engine. This car is sick, I do not own it unfortunately...