Many of you with an interest in buying high-performance imported cars will be heading to the cinema, if you haven’t already, to watch “Fast & Furious 7” – an action packed film whose stars are not really the actors and actresses but the cars that were used in its production.
In making the film, between 300 to 350 cars were used that included the likes of a Mazda RX-7, Dodge Viper SRT-10, Chevrolet Suburban, Ford Torino Talladega “GPT Special, Nissan GT-R, Plymouth Road Runner, Lykan HyperSport, Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 and a Toyota Supra Mk.IV to name but a few. Interestingly, several of the same make and model of cars were used when doing a scene as many were destroyed during the stunts.
In fact, it is estimated that around two hundred and thirty of these fantastic cars were damaged whilst filming. Mind, if you see what a lot of these cars had to endure during the filming of Fast & Furious 7 that probably does not come as a surprise to you.
Just for the scene involving the filming of cars driving off the plane in mid-air and parachuting to the ground they used 34 cars. They included 6 Camaros, 6 Subaru, 8 Challengers, 8 Dodge Chargers and 6 Jeeps. Around 3 or 4 of those cars were not able to be used again so that sounds like a reasonable success rate.
Some of the older cars had to be adapted in some way but the newer ones tended to be used “as seen”. Those involved in sourcing the cars only had 3 months in which to do so. In order that the damaged cars did not end up in the hands of people that would try to repair them and subsequently be involved in an accident, a decision was made to crush them.
So, if we have whetted your appetite, why not get along to the cinema and watch this film that will undoubtedly give you an adrenalin rush as you witness some amazing stunts involving some very special import cars.