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Fast Five: The Vehicles!!
1966 Ford GT40
The original GT40 that was built to annihilate Ferrari at Le mans. In 1962 Enzo Ferrari was trying to sell Ferrari and Mr Ford was right up there to have the whole cake. Then at the last moment Mr Ferrari decided to back out of the deal. This made Henry Ford very angry and he told his designers to build a car that would annihilate the Ferraris on the track.
What they came back with was the GT40 which won Le Mans four times on the trot. The GT40 still exists, not in its Le Mans racer form but as a kit car, preferred by many because it costs so much less than the established range of supercars it is called the blue collar working class hero. Let’s see if the movie can do the car justice.
1966 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was launched by General Motors in 1963. Chevy raced it in the 1962 Riverside Grand Prix only to see that the much lighter Shelby Cobra was way ahead. GM's Engineer Zora Duntov, the father of all performance Corvettes, knew a lighter Stingray would be needed immediately and thus the Grand Sport was conceived.
The 1966 Stingray had received a facelift with an egg crate grill. It came with two engine options - a V8 390 bhp and a V8 425bhp engine. As for the Grand Sport edition only three were ever made as information leaked and the project was brought to a halt.
1970 Dodge Charger
Powered by a HEMI engine it was the king of the muscle cars in its era. The one in the movie comes with an optional three double barrel carburetors, sticking out of the cut-out hood. This option was known as the 440 six pack. It was also massive in size that it made any other car look puny. If you wanted to drag race between the lights you either had a Dodge Challenger or you didn’t. The Challenger also featured in the original Fast and Furious movie. We guess it’s the same one that is back. Hope there is a race between the lights again.
1970 Ford Maverick
TThe Maverick was Ford’s replacement of the Falcon. It was a two-door rear wheel drive muscle car. It was designed to be inexpensive to build and own. In 1970 a muscle car themed package called the Grabber was introduced. The package included unique graphics and trim, and it also came with a spoiler. Within two years of existence it outsold the Ford Mustang by a significant number. Its popularity as an affordable pony car justifies its presence in the movie from the muscle car era.
1972 Nissan Skyline
The Nissan Skyline is a car that collectors still look to buy. It spawned the Skyline and GTR brand names, later incarnations of which grew to be a craze amongst performance car enthusiasts and street racers worldwide. Ever present in the street racing scene, the already fast car is always made to go quicker with upgrades. Some Skyline models were sold in GTR variant had significantly higher power upgrades compared to the standard car. It is known for its trademark round taillights. Nissan started production of the Skyline in 1957 and continues to sell it till date.
1972 Pantera Detomaso
The Pantera, which is Italian for panther, was a creative mix of American muscle, Italian engineering and an Argentinean racing driver. One cannot help but mention that a lot of the design cues look like those on Lamborghinis of the time. The engine which was from a Ford Mustang featured deep-breathing heads patterned after the very successful Boss 302 design with 4-barrel carburetion. The engine was mated to a fully synchronized 5-speed ZF transaxle from the Ford GT40. The car featured a limited slip differential and had 310 BHP on tap.
1996 Toyota Supra
The Toyota Supra is a legend amongst motoring enthusiasts. The car had great looks, great engines and great handling. In short it was the perfect street racing machine. The kind of modifications that went into the car were out of this world. The 320 BHP engine could be tuned to deliver in excess of 1000 BHP. In short it was a tuner's all time high. What made the Supra different from cars of its time were the amount of features it came laden with, which made the competition look barren. The Toyota Supra was a proper petrol head’s car and always will be.