Fast and furious: The series’ coolest cars

Fast and furious:
The series’ coolest cars

Photo: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

With the eighth instalment of Fast and the Furious roaring into cinemas, take a look back at 16 years of horsepower and the real stars of the franchise

Breathtaking stunts, beautiful people and probably the highest concentration of fast cars that cinema has ever seen. With the film release of Fast and Furious 8, it’s time to reminisce about our four-wheeled favourites.

  • 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS
  • 1970 Dodge Charger R/T
  • Flip Car
  • Lykan Hypersport
  • 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34

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1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS

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The garish green Eclipse might not be the fastest car in the series, but it’s still an icon for die-hard Fast and Furious fans. This is the car used by Paul Walker when he goes undercover as cop Brian O’Conner in his first road race ever.

Status: The Eclipse is history now, blown up in a shootout with Johnny Tran. 

Fun Fact: Five copies of the same souped-up 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse were built for the spectacular scenes.

1970 Dodge Charger R/T

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At the end of the first film, Dominic Toretto drives his father’s Dodge Charger in a race against Brian. When the vehicle, which is said to have more than 900 HP, collides with a truck, you can almost hear the hearts breaking in the watching muscle-car lovers. 

Status: Over the course of the film series, the legendary Charger is repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt. At the end of the seventh instalment, after a fall from a cliff, it looks as if it’s beyond saving.

Fun Fact: A new Dodge can be seen in the latest flick. The “Ice Charger” is equipped with a special drive which reminds us of Doc Brown’s flux capacitor from Back to the Future.

Flip Car

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This monster was used by Owen Shaw’s bad guys in the sixth film, not only for propulsion but mainly as a weapon. The sports car, specially designed for the film in Formula 1-style, is equipped with an iron ramp. When it rams another car, it flips and overturns the other vehicle while it simply powers on. 

Status: One of the flip cars driven by Vegh is smashed in the final chase in Fast and Furious 6 while the other is in a plane that is destroyed. 

Fun Fact: Despite its two steering axles, the flip car was constantly skidding on set. Hollywood auto expert Dennis McCarthy couldn’t keep count of how many tyres were worn out recalling they kept all the used ones in a pile which measured 12 metres long.

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Lykan HyperSport

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At the beginning of the series, Dom and co. fine tune relatively affordable cars. By part seven, things look quite different. The supercar Lykan Hypersport steals the show and proves that cars can really fly if they are fast enough.

Status: The Lykan Hypersport has no chance on its flight through the skyscrapers of Dubai. While Dom saves himself, the vehicle crashes through a window and drops hundreds of metres to the ground below. 

Fun Fact: With a price tag of around £2.9 million, the Lykan Hypersport is one of the most expensive cars in the world - diamonds are installed in its front lights.

1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34

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The silver R34 with its blue racing stripes lasted just ten minutes in 2 Fast 2 Furious. But this was long enough to make the Skyline the legendary model forever associated with Brian O’Conner. Above all, the 2002 royal blue version from the fourth film is also likely to have stuck in every fan’s mind.

Status: The car is confiscated after an illegal race. 

Fun Fact: You can see how Brian comes to own his Skyline in the six-minute short film Turbo Charged Prelude, which appeared on the 2003 DVD.

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