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Every car lover has to have watched The Fast and the Furious and it’s sequel 2 Fast 2 Furious. I previously posted about the upcoming third installment in the series, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Let’s have a look at some of the the cars that will be used in the production.

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Mazda RX7 with Veilside Bodykit

In total, Tokyo Drift used over 200 cars for the movie, and they came from all around the world. There are 11 Nissan 350Z cars alone, and these were brought in from Japan because they required right-hand drive vehicles for the movie. Three of them were used for crash scenes. Most of the cars were second hand, as they needed some out of production cars like Toyota Chasers, Mazda RX7s and old Nissan Silvias. From the Mitsubishi stables came 10 units of Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX cars. Volkswagen also provided some cars – four Volkswagen Golf R32s and a few Volkswagen Touran MPVs.

Most of the drifting cars had to be upgraded to drift properly, like the Nisssn 350Z which had to be upped to 475hp through the use of turbocharging. LSD differentials were also fitted. The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX four wheel drive cars had to have their gearboxes locked to rear wheel drive to allow for the crazy drifting action you’ll see in the movie.

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East meets West: Nissan’s venerable RB26DETT in a Ford Mustang

small_67_mustang.jpgThe hero car is a 1967 Ford Mustang fastback – 6 of these were used. Part of the storyline involved the hero transplanting the venerable RB26DETT twin turbo straight-6 from the Nissan Skyline GT-R into a Mustang, so one of the 6 Mustangs had this under the hood. They took months to transplant it. The rest used V8 engines. Catch the The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift in cinemas on 15th June 2006 in Malaysia. Check out the movie trailer here. Oh BTW, the budget for the cars for movie? USD$7 million. Just for the cars!