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An all-female “Fast and Furious” is happening

The Fast and the Furious franchise has always had memorable female characters, and now an all-female spin-off is coming.

In an interview this week with MTV to talk up “Fast and Furious 9,” which hits theaters May 22, Vin Diesel, who plays the character Dominic Toretto in the franchise and produced some of the films, said he’s already working on an all-female spin-off and that a script is almost complete.

‘I’ve created a female spin-off,” he said. “And that script comes next month, so we will see.”

It’s something Diesel hinted at almost two years ago, but this time he’s actually named people working on the film. For example, he mentioned that Nicole Perlman, Lindsey Beer and Geneva Robertson-Dworet were involved with the script.

Michelle Rodriguez and Vin Diesel – Photo credit: Fast & Furious/Facebook

Perlman wrote the script for “Guardians Of the Galaxy” while Beer was a writer for “Sierra Burgess Is a Loser” and Robertson-Dworet was a member of the teams behind scripts for “Captain Marvel” and “Tomb Raider.”

There aren’t any details but there are plenty of characters to draw from, for both the good side and bad. Natural picks would include Letty Ortiz and Mia Toretto, played by Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster, respectively. Then there are the more recent additions like hacker Ramsay, played by Nathalie Emmanuel, and the baddie Cipher, played by Charlize Theron.

“Fast and Furious” is one of the few franchises where a spin-off has proven successful. The first was last year’s “Hobbs & Shaw,” which according to Imdb has grossed close to $760 million worldwide.

As for the original “Fast” franchise, it’s set to come to an end with a planned 10th instalment. This final film is expected in 2021.

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Deep dive: “Heist” Honda Civics from “The Fast and the Furious”

The cars of the early “Fast and the Furious” movies are in many ways tiny snapshots of the tuner culture of the late 1990s. While the early installments of the franchise celebrated the diversity of automotive enthusiasts, there were some cars that were built for very narrow story purposes. The “Heist” Civics of 2001’s “The Fast and the Furious”…

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Deep dive: Edwin’s Acura Integra GS-R from “The Fast and the Furious”

“The Fast and the Furious” is full of lust-worthy cars that many enthusiasts would do anything to own. Some of them were, and are, bigger than others, obviously. However, one of the secondary character’s cars still has quite a story behind it.

We’re talking about Edwin’s Acura Integra GS-R from the original film. As always, “Fast and Furious” expert Craig Lieberman is here to provide the full story on the car with help from the car’s original owner, Bill Kohl. Kohl purchased the car originally to replicate a show-car version of a racing-spec Honda Accord coupe. At the time, research showed the Integra GS-R was the fastest and most affordable platform to do just that. So he bought the car and modified it lightly. The engine wasn’t turbocharged or anything crazy, but a host of aftermarket parts helped make the spritely sport coupe even quicker.

Acura Integra GS-R from ‘The Fast and the Furious’

Then, as was the norm, the body kit, graphics, and other tuner-scene gadgets were added. 

Kohl responded to Lieberman’s casting call for cars for a film originally titled “Redline,” and almost immediately when he showed up in the Integra GS-R, the film’s director named the car Edwin’s for the movie. Edwin is better known as rapper Ja Rule in real life and took part in the movie’s opening street race that included Dominic Toretto and Brian O’Connor.

Acura Integra GS-R from 'The Fast and the Furious'

Acura Integra GS-R from ‘The Fast and the Furious’

Kohl almost immediately sold the car while the hype was high surrounding the film, and since then, it’s traded hands a couple of times. Featured in the video is the sole hero car, though a few stunt cars were also built for filming. They were not, however, GS-Rs and instead basic coupes with automatic transmissions.

The original car was last sold in 2014 for nearly $50,000 and today lives with its owner in Florida. Check out the full interview up above.

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Deep dive: Vince’s Nissan Maxima from “The Fast and the Furious”

If there’s one car that perhaps never quite seemed to fit the tuner culture that surrounds “The Fast and the Furious,” it was probably the Nissan Maxima driven by the character Vince, Dominic Toretto’s right-hand man. Like any decision involving a movie, there’s an interesting story behind the car.

Craig Lieberman is back yet again with full details on the Maxima that appears in the film. Lieberman served as the chief technical director for the first three “Fast and Furious” films. So, why did the production crew decide on a Nissan Maxima? Long story short, they didn’t. Instead, Lieberman showed up to a meeting in his personal Maxima that was already pretty heavily modified. It was his daily driver at the time. He also owned the Toyota Supra that was cast as Brian O’Connor’s hero car.

Nissan Maxima from ‘The Fast and the Furious’ Photo: Craig Lieberman

The day he showed up to the meeting, the higher-ups, out of convenience, deemed Lieberman’s Maxima would become Vince’s car. Lieberman agreed, and suddenly both of his cars were set to star in the film.

Nissan Maxima from 'The Fast and the Furious' Photo: Craig Lieberman

Nissan Maxima from ‘The Fast and the Furious’ Photo: Craig Lieberman

The Maxima was outfitted with a supercharger kit to boost horsepower from 190 to 260 and fitted with plenty of suspension upgrades. Lieberman had already personally chosen the blue color, wheels, and decals before the car was even considered for the role. Since the car had just a few scenes, only Lieberman’s personal car was used—no stunt cars. That included the burnout scene in which Vince stormed away from the barbeque and laid down a nasty burnout. Lieberman said the crew slicked up the tires and hoped for the best with a neutral drop to create the burnout. If you listen closely to the clip above, you’ll hear the transmission become confused as it upshifts as the car loses traction then downshifts as it regains traction and the engine bogs.

Lieberman eventually sold the car after it was used for promotional purposes and today it resides somewhere on the east coast.

You’ll learn all that and more by clicking on the video above.

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Go behind the scenes of “The Fast and the Furious” with the man who helped build the cars

Craig Lieberman, the chief technical director for the first three “Fast and Furious” films knows a lot about the movies. However, he brought in a very special guest for a new video that perhaps knows even more. 

David Marder, in charge of picture car development for the first two films, showed up for one of Lieberman’s most recent videos on inside knowledge about the first film. Marder was responsible for making the cars look the part. While Lieberman rounded up cars and guided the production crew on what kinds of decisions to make, Marder made the cars on a budget.

Honda S2000 from ‘The Fast and the Furious’

The nearly hour-long video is full of personal video Lieberman shot on his own camera that Marder helps break down. For example, we see just how cheap the crew had to get at certain points.

All of the scenes showing drivers at Race Wars, for example, were shot in a Honda Civic buck. The car was rigged and then the graphics and paint for the particular car were applied to match the character’s car. In fact, in the scene where Jesse races the S2000 at Race Wars, Marder points out the gear used to re-create the hero car.

Toyota Supra from 'The Fast and the Furious'

Toyota Supra from ‘The Fast and the Furious’

For example, the steering wheel cover was from Pep Boys to try and match the actually hero Volkswagen Jetta. The seats only feature covers with the Sparco logo to mimic the real racing seats. If you look out the rear, the wing from the Honda Civic buck is showing and doesn’t match the Jetta at all. Even better, Jesse’s real Jetta is actually lined up in front of the two racers—a small “oops” moment.

Marder goes through basically each of the most memorable scenes involving the cars, and as usual, Lieberman helps give us some really incredible information. Grab all the inside knowledge above.

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Fast & Furious Xbox One, PS4, PC game announced

May 2020 will be an eventful month for Fast & Furious fans. The ninth installment in the series is coming to theaters across America on May 22, and the next video game inspired by the franchise will be released for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One before the end of the month.

Called Fast & Furious Crossroads, the game was developed by Slightly Mad Studios, the team responsible for Need for Speed: Shift and the Project CARS series. It puts surprisingly accurate digital renditions of actors Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, and Tyrese Gibson in an action-packed adventure peppered by car chases, explosions of all sizes, weapons, plus on- and off-road racing.

The roster of vehicles shown in the game’s official trailer includes an early Ford Mustang, a first-generation Chevrolet Camaro, a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, a vintage Dodge Charger R/T, and a Renault Megane RS. There’s even what appears to be a cross between a tank and a hovercraft. Most are heavily modified, and many have appeared in previous Fast & Furious movies. The game looks like a first-person shooter where players go from mission to mission, but the developers put a big focus on cinematic action scenes to bridge the gap between gaming consoles and Hollywood.

Publisher Bandai Namco wants to keep the full plot under wraps for the time being. It nonetheless promised an authentic story line, as well as single- and multi-player modes. “Players will travel from the streets of exotic locales to the murky world of international espionage, pulling off high-speed heists and stunts as they battle to take down a new threat,” according to the game’s official website.

We’ve previously seen two Fast & Furious-inspired video games for mainstream consoles. The Fast and The Furious came out in 2006 for PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable (PSP); it received mixed reviews from gamers and movie fans alike. Fast & Furious: Showdown was released for PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS in 2013. Making it available on a wider selection of consoles didn’t boost ratings, and it wasn’t universally loved, either. Some of the cars that starred in the various movies have made it into racing games like Forza Motorsport 7, but video game developers collectively steered clear of the franchise until Crossroads development began.

Time will tell if three’s the charm. In the meantime, additional trailers (including one showing the multi-player mode), pricing, and an exact release date will be published in the coming weeks.

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Deep dive: Brian’s R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R from “2 Fast 2 Furious”

While Brian O’Conner, played by Paul Walker, may be at least partially credited with the tuning culture’s embrace of the MkIV Toyota Supra, that was far from the only car he helped elevate in the eyes of American enthusiasts.

The R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R from “2 Fast 2 Furious” is one of the most well-known (and misunderstood) cars in the enthusiast community, and former owner and “F&F” franchise technical director Craig Lieberman is here to set the record straight once again. 

“There’s a lot of misinformation floating about this car and despite the other videos I’ve done, I feel people are still hungry for more info,” Lieberman says.

For starters, despite Internet rumors, Paul Walker did not actually own this car. It was, however, the first R34 imported and fully federalized by MotoRex, back before the now-disgraced California importer was shut down for failing to fully comply with federal regulations.

Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R used in ‘2 Fast 2 Furious’ before movie modifications

Lieberman purchased it in July of 2001 for $78,000, before Universal was fully committed to a sequel to the original “F&F” film. Lieberman largely kept it the way MotoRex built it, until it got picked to co-star in “2 Fast 2 Furious.” Yes, co-star. Sadly, a marketing deal between Universal and Mitsubishi meant that Brian’s Evo would be the star of the film, while Lieberman’s GT-R would effectively play a supporting role. Lieberman wasn’t thrilled with this arrangement, since the forbidden-fruit GT-R was a far more enticing piece of hardware, but he ultimately had no choice.

Speaking of support, the GT-R needed backup of its own. Thanks to stunt sequences and other needs, a single GT-R would not be enough for the film. Lieberman’s team mulled over the possibility of building some replicas using cheaper R34 Skyline GT-Ts rather than full-blown GT-Rs, but that prospect actually turned out to be just as (if not more) expensive, so additional GT-Rs were sourced instead.

The studio turned to MotoRex once again, who supplied four additional GT-Rs, that were air-freighted from Japan on a 747. These were far less expensive than the actual hero GT-R Lieberman purchased for himself and later used in the film, as MotoRex did not need to federalize them. This saved the studio around $120,000 in additional costs.

Yes, you’re reading that correctly. Every Skyline GT-R used in “2 Fast 2 Furious” was the real deal. The video goes on to discuss the modifications made to the R34 for the film, and where the movie cars ended up. Check it out.

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Toretto’s 1968 Dodge Charger from “Furious 7” is for sale

One determined bidder will get the chance to own the heavily modified 1968 Dodge Charger used in the closing scene of “Furious 7,” when it is auctioned off on Saturday at the Riyadh Auction & Salon in Saudi Arabia.

“Maximus the Ultra Charger” is more than just a Hollywood hero car; it’s a well-built beast that the builders claim is producing close to 3,000 horsepower as it sits, with additional tuning and customization included in its purchase price. 

The car was built by Tom Nelson and his team at Nelson Racing Engines. According to the video, it is the product of more than 16,000 man hours devoted to body fabrication and engine building. It boasts a custom, all-metal widebody, custom wheels and a one-off interior.

Beneath the hood, you’ll find a 9.4-liter (572 cubic inch) Mopar V-8 sporting two twin-scroll turbochargers. The team was targeting 2,250 horsepower, but according to the auction house listing, that figure has since grown to nearly 3,000 ponies.

Maximus the Ultra Charger – Modified 1968 Dodge Charger featured in

Included in the winning bid will be round trip air freight to Los Angeles and 30 days of custom tuning and personalization. Also included? Hype. Lots and lots of hype.

Maximus was driven by Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) in the final scene of “Furious 7,” which was filmed as a tribute to franchise star and car enthusiast Paul Walker, who co-starred alongside Diesel as Brian O’Conner in six of the first seven films. The footage was later used in the music video for Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again,” which played over the “Fast 7” end scene.

“There are also media opportunities attached to the car that include being part of a global multimillion dollar show co-funded by Netflix,” the listing says, referring to “Fast and Furious: Spy Racers,” which will debut December 26. 

On top of that, Maximus just appeared on the September 2019 cover of Hot Rod Magazine, and will be included in the upcoming, untitled ninth installment of the Fast & Furious film series. The listing also claims the studio wants it back for “Fast 10,” expected to be the final film in the franchise.

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Deep dive: Jesse’s VW Jetta from “The Fast and the Furious”

“The Fast and the Furious” was almost entirely different altogether, but Jesse’s Volkswagen Jetta is one of the more peculiar stories.

Back again is Craig Lieberman, technical director for the first three films of the franchise, and this time, he had a special guest. He sat down with Scott Centra, who originally built and owned the Jetta used in the first film. At first, the directors wanted to put Jesse in some sort of European car. Lieberman suggested a Volkswagen Golf, and in the best case, a BMW M3. However, the team couldn’t source either car in time.

DON’T MISS: Performance shop reunites Jesse with his VW Jetta from “The Fast and the Furious”

That’s where Centra came in. Lieberman knew Centra and asked a few times to use his Jetta for the film, but he said no. Finally, Lieberman invited Centra for a lunch with Universal crew members and all of the actors. It’s here, Centra recalls in the video, he agreed. With all of the cars set to star in the film at the lunch spot, Universal paid Centra a tidy sum of money to rent his Jetta. Money talks, as they say. We don’t know how much it cost, but Centra said the production company also insured the car for $200,000—no small sum today, and certainly a lot of money in 2000.

Jesse reunited with Volkswagen Jetta from

The conversation takes a whole lot of turns and it’s all incredibly enjoyable to hear, but one topic is one every “Fast and Furious” fan will want to hear about: the lack of brake calipers on Jesse’s Jetta in a specific scene. Fans have joked about the scene for years now, but Centra and Lieberman set the record straight. Foremost, the actual hero car wasn’t used in this scene. Instead, one of the replica cars was. This car, obviously, was not built with all of the upgrades Centra had done.

Instead, the crew used a decades-old trick to hide the tiny factory brakes behind the wheel and put covers over them to mimic massive disc brakes. In turn, this covered up the factory calipers and mocked-up calipers weren’t ever installed. Centra notes his car actually featured a full Brembo brake system.

Check out the full conversation above because, as always, it’s entertaining as can be.

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Deep dive: Suki’s Honda S2000 jump in “2 Fast 2 Furious”

Following the surprise success of “The Fast and the Furious” at the box office, Universal was prepared to make a sequel. This time, the cars, stunts, and everything needed to be bigger and better.

Craig Lieberman, technical director for the first three films in the franchise, is back to spill some knowledge on one of biggest stunts from “2 Fast 2 Furious.” That is the bridge jump involving Suki’s Honda S2000. First, since Lieberman is literally a human Wikipedia page and fun fact machine for the films, he spills details on the S2000 itself. 

The car was on loan from an owner while a few other lookalike cars were created for stunt purposes. No, the hero car was not actually used in the jump scene. More on that in a moment. The car featured a supercharged inline-4 and cold-air intake, but for the film, the producers really wanted to dial up the tuner looks. Thus, the car was painted pink to match the character’s personality and fitted with underbody neon lights and a flashy interior. All of it was peak early-2000s tuner culture. Fun fact: the pink fuzzy seats were actually made from bathroom floor mat material.

Honda S2000 from ‘2 Fast 2 Furious’

To get the crazy colored flames spewing from the exhaust during the race scene, propane tank systems were set up in the trunks of each car.

Back to the jump. The stunt team didn’t want to send a human driver out to make the jump so the team created an insane remote control system. The system operated the steering wheel, accelerator, brake, and even the clutch. The only catch was the car had to start and remain in second gear.

From a chase vehicle, the stunt man drove the car via a steering wheel and pedal setup similar to a video game rig and a camera feed provided him the view out of the S2000. With a custom-made ramp, the stunt driver executed the stunt and the car survived. The actual hero car now lives at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

Honda S2000 from '2 Fast 2 Furious'

Honda S2000 from ‘2 Fast 2 Furious’

The same can’t be said about the chase car. The big Dodge Durango couldn’t stop in time and actually tipped over on the ramp. The team inside suffered minor injuries, but no one was seriously hurt. 

As always, Lieberman’s videos are a real treat with the first-hand video he’s possessed for years only now making it to the public. Watch it above.

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