Quarter Mile at a Time – The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

I live my life a quartermile 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

I wonder if you know

How they live in Tokyo

If you seen it then you mean it

Then you know you have to go

Fast and furious!


Keeping with the changes from last week, each car will include all modifications and aftermarket parts.


1. 1997 Mazda RX-7


As you will learn later on in the article, Han is my favorite character in this movie so how could I not add his beauty of a car. I think what attracts me the most to this car is its colors. I’m a huge fan of a black and orange color scheme and that on a Mazda just makes its so much better.

For a little engine information lets head to Fast and Furious wiki. “Veilside built with Apexera Power FC engine management system; HKS TO42 turbo kit and V-mounted intercooler; Veilside custom intercooler piping; NKG racing spark plugs”.

Also something that I found on Fast and Furious wiki, The original Mazda was imported from japan to the US on a bond and it was originally red. When it finally reached the US they decided then to change the color House of Kolor orange.

2. 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX


This car was given to Sean after he was recruited to work for Han. This is very similar to the Lancer I had in last weeks article but its obviously a newer model. To me this is the last movie that really had a car that I was a huge fan of but I think that’s because i like the mid to early 2000s cars. Also the colors red and black are my favorite colors.

Here is more specifications on the car from wiki “It has an Evo VIII end, which can lead to confusion — but it’s an Evo IX. Engine is a 2-liter turboed DOHC 4G63 with an RMR air intake system and downpipe. Front driveshafts were disconnected to make drifting an AWD car possible. Appearance mods include an APR body kit and rear wing, APR Racing side mirrors, and Ray’s Wheels G-Games 99B 19″ rims”.


1. 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback


This is Sean’s 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback he uses to win against Takashi in the race down the mountain. In a film set in Japan I think it would be wrong for me as an American not to include at least one American made car.

“The 1967 Ford Mustang Fastbacks used in Tokyo Drift were built using 1968 Ford Mustang models. It took the production team a total of two months to install the Nissan Skyline GT-R engine in the 1967 model.

Additionally, a 430-inch Windsor motor with 9-inch rear end and a spool, was used. The horsepower of the motor was brought closer to “500 horsepower” as a result. Two duplicate Mustangs using the aforementioned motor were built.

Other upgrades include improved brakes, racing seats, seven spoke wheels and a rear roll cage. Extra headlights have been removed so that the front-mount inter cooler can access a sufficient air supply.”

2. Nissan Fairlady Z (Z33)


When I was around 9 or 10, a little after this movie came out my father purchased a Nissan 350Z. I remember sitting in the passenger seat and pretending that I was the Drift King drifting around parking garages and through the streets of Tokyo.

Thank the good people over at fastandfurious.fandom.com because they have so much information on each individual car we wouldn’t be able to do this without them.

“The first thing JDM-heads will notice is the full VeilSide Ver.3 wide body aero kit, complete with a new front end, front and rear over fenders, side skirts, rear bumper and a nicely-sculpted rear wing. This kit is a bit extravagant to those in the know, but thanks to its nicely flowing lines and factory-like fit and finish, we’ll bet that most moviegoers will be hard-pressed to tell that this Z has been outfitted with one of Japan’s most coveted aero kits. Adding a bit of extra, yet subtle, flair is a VeilSide carbon fiber hood and Ganador mirrors.

Nestled away under that VeilSide carbon fiber hood sits a twin turbocharged 3.5 liter V6. Australian tuning company APS provided the full twin turbo set up, while American company Magnaflow provided the twin exhausts. According to the peeps at Universal, this engine set up is good for about 460 horsepower at the rear wheels.

Speaking of those rear wheels, they are VeilSide Andrew Evolution Vs, sized 19×11 inches in the back and 19×9 inches up front. Wrapped around those rims are some Toyo Proxes T1R tires, with 245/35ZR19s in the front and very fat 285/30ZR19s in the rear. The brakes on this Z are stock, but as they’re Brembo units, there’s really not much of a need to upgrade ’em.

The 350Z handles like a champ in stock form, so the Universal people decided against outfitting this car with a crazy D1-spec suspension. Only a simple set of RS*R lowering springs were added so that there would be less of a wheel gap between the Andrew rims and the Ver.3 fenders.

Not much was done to the cockpit. It’s pretty much stock save for a set of Sparco seats, harnesses, a Sparco steering wheel, and a custom roll cage. This is supposed to be a drift car, so we’re glad that the movie producers didn’t outfit the interior of this Z with tons of TV monitors and crazy neon lights. It’s actually simple and functional — just like a real drift car.”


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.


Han Seoul-Oh


Han has to easily be my favorite character in this movie. He has a swagger and a calm attitude that I always like about him. He is a very smooth dude and knows how to work his way through a lot of situations. Its a shame that he had to die in this movie, or did he?


Takashi (DK)


How are you going to watch a movie about drifting and not have the Drift King as your favorite character? A case could be made for Han, but I’ve always wanted to try to drift and I have Takashi to thank for that.



Although a small part in the movie this has to be my favorite scene in the whole movie. Seeing Dom come back after a one movie hiatus was a surprise to me. Not to mention the car Dom pulls up in is bad ass.

This was not a great race by Sean, but he would later prove in the movie that he is the real Drift King.


via Master ZX

This is technically cheating because this is not a scene from the movie but it does feature clips from the movie and this song is what most people associate with this film.

via Binge Society – The Greatest Movie Scenes

I already want to visit Japan really bad and this made it so much worse. If I visit Japan, Bow Wow better show up or I’m going to be upset.

This has been the third 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.

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