I live my life a quarter–mile at a time. Nothing else matters; not the mortgage; not the store; not my team and their bullshit. For those 10 seconds or less, I’m free.” – Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto
Another week, another film in the Fast & Furious franchise. No fanfare, no setup, let’s just jump right in.
Not changing the formula here, we each select 2 of our favorite cars from the film. This week we wanted to get more technical with it so for all you car enthusiasts we are including the modifications made to each car.
1. 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34
I have fallen in love with this car since the very first day I ever saw it. This car is easily my favorite out of all the cars that have been in the series. The thing that draws me into this car the most has to be the blue racing stripes and the blue neon lights. Seeing this car race at night with the lights is so sick and Brian absolutely smokes all of the competition.
here is some more information on the car itself from fast and furious wiki. “The Nissan Skylines produced for the film were all R34s (the model itself was introduced back in 1998). The R34s in the films were powered by an RB26DETT 2.6-liter, DOHC, 24-valve straight six sitting longitudinally in the engine bay that’s force fed by twin turbos and officially rated at 280 hp. The R34’s engine feeds a six-speed Getrag gearbox that in turn sends power to the ATTESA all-wheel-drive system, which electronically varies the torque split”.
2. 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII
Another car driven by Brian, this car was given to him along with the 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder that was given to Roman. They where the cars that where used to go under cover with when they raced for Carter Verone. This car is not my most favorite as Steve already took the Eclipse I wanted to add but it still a nice car at the end of the day.
he is some little information from fast and furious wiki. “All but one of the Lancer Evolution VII’s used in 2 Fast 2 Furious were Mitsubishi Lancers made to look like the Evolution VII. One of them was a left-hand-drive Evolution VII imported from Europe”.
1. 2000 Honda S2000 (Suki)
This is such a fun car and I really appreciate when a car has character. We like Dom’s Charger so much because it reminds us of him and if you looked at a lineup of all the characters in this franchise and a lineup of all the cars it is clear that the Charger is Dom’s. Same with Suki’s S2000, this car is so personal and unique I had to make it 1 of my 2 picks.
As promised here is the list of modifications via the Fast and Furious wiki. “Suki’s S2000 has a custom set of pink vinyl’s and a bottle of Nitrous behind the seats. Its engine is a 2-liter aluminum-alloy DOHC F20C1 inline 4 with a Comptech supercharger. It also features a Paxton Novi 1000 Toucan Industries exhaust with a non-functioning Ractive chrome tip. Appearance mods include a VeilSide Millennium body kit, Motegi Racing 18” rims, and airbrushed artwork done by Noah of Noah Fine Art.”
2. 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GTS
Another car I would never ever drive in real life because of the color. This is a car driven by Roman and Suki in the film and it suits both of their personalities perfectly. I also seem to like convertibles and spoilers judging by my picks up to this point. I hate convertibles and I think big giant spoilers are silly, I guess opposites do attract.
Let’s consult the wiki and see what we are working with here. “The Eclipse Spyder was given a resplendent metallic silver and purple webbed design along with a Shine Street wide body kit, rear wing, APC carbon fiber hood, Genera/TYC Euro taillights and a set of Lowenhart BR-5 rims. It also had a GPS device spidered into all the main components underneath the hood, as well as a custom vanity Florida plate that read “H8TR”.”
I want a license plate that says H8TR.
A car is only as good as its driver and this franchise is always introducing new faces, here is our favorite character from the film.
Roman has to be my favorite character in this movie. He brings a lot of comic relief to the movie, for example the “Ejecto Seato Cuz” has to be one of the best scenes in all of Fast and furious. Roman is the comedy and less knowledgeable who says some stupid things but can also be useful at times.
for some trivia on Roman we go to a quote i found on fast and furious wiki. “He is the 3rd character to be played by a rapper, along with Tej Parker, who was played by Ludacris. His actor, Tyrese Gibson, also sung the song, Pick Up the Phone, along with Ludacris, which was featured in the motion picture soundtrack of 2 Fast 2 Furious“.
Let me preface this by saying I love Ludacris, I grew up listening to his music and I have been a lifelong fan. And then you put him in a movie? Hell yeah I’m in. I love Tej because he is literally whatever the story needs him to be. Need a driver? Tej is your guy. Need a mechanic, someone good with his hands who knows the in and outs of every car? Tej is your guy. Need a world-class hacker who can get into any system? Tej is your guy.
Fun bit of trivia for you, Redman was originally considered for the role of Tej but there were scheduling conflicts so Ludacris was cast instead. I can’t imagine anyone else in the role of Tej, it would be either too serious or too goofy but I think Ludacris plays it down the middle perfectly.
The race that brought my love for the Skyline. One of my favorite races in all of Fast and the Furious. My favorite part has to be when Brian clears the jump at the bridge.
I love this scene because what a creative idea to get away from the cops. Also being able to see all the cars and characters from the first race come in to help is awesome to see.
Ejecto seato cuz isn’t just a great scene, it’s the best scene. All the movies, all the cars, nothing can compare to how happy I get when I see this scene. It’s just so stupid and funny and everything about it is perfect. If I had to show someone a single scene that I think captured what this franchise is, I would show them this.
Remember when Fast & Furious was about racing?
“You ain’t ready Fabio!”
This has been the second installment of “Quarter Mile at a Time”. Stay tuned as every week we take a trip through every movie in the Fast and Furious franchise.