None of the ‘Fast and the Furious’ movies are works of cinematic genius, and the third instalment ‘Tokyo Drift’ ranks below even the franchise average. However we do remember it was eminently watchable, mostly because of Nathalie Kelley, but also thanks to the ace Japanese machinery* used throughout the film.
This was our star car, the magnificent Mazda RX-7 VeilSide Fortune, as recreated here brilliantly in Technic form by ArtemyZotov of Eurobricks.
Built to full Technic Supercar specification, Artemy’s VeilSide RX-7 includes working steering, independent double wishbone suspension, a 4-speed sequential gearbox, and an incredible working recreation of the car’s twin-rotor wankel engine.
There are also opening doors, hood and trunk, working locks, plus a detailed interior and engine bay, and there’s much more to see at the Eurobricks forum, including a link to building instructions. Head sideways through the streets of Tokyo via the link above, and you can view a rundown of the features within Artemy’s stunning Mazda RX-7 VeilSide model in the video below.
This car as a lot to answer for. Arriving as a wreck in the first ‘The Fast and the Furious’ movie, prompting Jesse’s quote above, Brian’s MkIV Supra Targa became one of the most famous cars on the planet. At least with fourteen year old keyboard warriors.
‘The Fast and the Furious’ franchise has gone on, nine movies later and counting, to become Universal’s highest grossing franchise. With $15 billion in the bank and an untold number of terrible plot lines to continue (seriously, how many dead characters/bad guys are going to return/turn good and join the team?) it seems Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson will have a lot more cheques to cash yet.
The Supra meanwhile, took a (seventeen year) break, but now it’s back too (and has surely got to feature in the next movie?). The aforementioned fourteen year old keyboard warriors hate it, because it’s not the car from the first movie, but by all accounts the MkV Supra is actually bloody good.
Anyway, back to the first film – but far from the first Supra – and Brian’s modified MkIV, recreated here beautifully in Speed Champions-esque style by TLCB regular Simon Przepiorka, complete with the slightly silly livery made famous in the movie, an enormous wing, and whole heck of a bodykit.
There’s more of Simon’s Toyota Supra MkIV from ‘The Fast and the Furious’ to see at his photostream – click the link above to do a 1/4 mile in 10 seconds…
Dominic Toretto had the coolest ride of all the Fast and Furious characters. As long as there were no corners a 1970 Dodge Charger R/T, fitted with huge supercharger, will outrun almost anything. Flickr’s -derjoe- has recreated the iconic car beautifully in miniature. His Town scale version of the R/T was suggested by a reader and you can see the full image via the link above.
The Elves love the Fast and Furious movie franchise. There’s very little plot but lots of explosions, and that’s pretty much all they need from television. Flickr’s Mad Physicist, a regular here, has built one of the most famous cars from the movies, a highly modified* lime-green Mitsubishi Eclipse. There’s lots more to see on Flickr – click the link above to hit the NO2 button.
*If our memory serves us correctly these mods included a 17 speed gearbox, a Nitrous Oxide System that defied basic chemistry, and magic.
Today we’ve learned of the tragic death of one of the stars of The Fast and The Furious movie franchise, 40 year old Paul Walker.
Paul died whilst on his way to a charity event, travelling as a passenger in a Porsche that crashed into a post and caught fire in Los Angeles.
We know that if you’re a reader of this blog you’re probably into cars, especially fast ones. We’re often guilty of glorifying speed here. Sometimes it’s worth remembering that the consequences, never shown in the movies in which Paul starred, are very real.
Please drive responsibly. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Paul and the driver of the Porsche during this tragedy. Paul leaves behind a 15 year old daughter.
The Elves, being simple creatures, like simple films, preferably with lots of cars and lots of explosions. And they don’t come much simpler than 2001’s ‘The Fast and The Furious’. Ok, well maybe the ‘2 Fast 2 Furious’ sequel, but even the Elves can’t bring themselves to watch that steaming pile. So much to their delight, today we’re featuring a mini-fig version of ‘Dom’s’ heavily modified Dodge Charger. A car that sadly meets its maker towards the end of the movie. Dambaek C is the builder behind it, and you can see more on MOCpages.
This dashing chap wrestling his inter-war behemoth round a bend is the work of ER0L on Flickr. Entitled ‘On The Racetrack’, it hails from a time of leather hats, skinny tyres, and proper sideways action before the Fast and the Furious franchise got hold of it. Check it out at the link.
This yellow rocket was discovered by one of our Elves on Flickr. Rhys’ Pieces‘ Model Team Mazda RX-7 has been modded for much driftiness, with a wider track, full body kit, roll cage and a 20b engine under the hood. The full gallery can be found at the link above.
The Honda Civic, sold new to grannies to go to the shops in once a week, then bought second hand by boy racers due to its high power / low insurance combination, is probably the street car of the ’90s. The remaining ’80s and ’90s Civics on the road today all tend to look like this one; big exhaust, induction kit, big bumper bodykit and phat alloys. Ruined handling and refinement too, but that’s not important when you’re 18. This awesome Technic Supercar incarnation of the Ricer’s favourite is the work of LegoMarat on Flickr. It features a working 4-cylinder turbo engine, FWD, suspension, steering, and folding seats.