The 21 Hot Cars Of ‘Fast Five’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated May 12th, 2013 at 8:03 am,

1966 Corvette Grand Sport in Fast Five The 21 Hot Cars Of Fast Five

Car coordinator Dennis McCarthy is no stranger to the Fast and the Furious franchise. He was the picture car coordinator on Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious and returns for the hat-trick on Fast Five. The latest installment will feature a hefty 21 cars, including Dom Toretto’s trademark Dodge Charger.

In the last chapter of Fast Five week, we take a look at the many cars of Fast Five during an interview with the film’s car coordinator, Dennis McCarthy. If the last three films don’t give him enough credibility, McCarthy is also the man behind the vehicles of Green Hornet and Death Race.

McCarthy kicked off the interview by telling us the selection of cars is “a lot different” than the previous films. Nearly every cast or crew member interviewed during our set visit mentioned the new look of the cars in Fast Five. Each film has possessed its own vehicular identity, but now that Dom, Brian and the gang are on the run, their car selections are bit less high profile. Of course, low profile cars for car junkies like them aren’t so low profile.

Dennis McCarthy: It’s due to the location and the circumstances. They are down to their last pennies. They’ve transferred all the way from the U.S. on the run down to Brazil, so they don’t have the money to buy a brand new Skyline. So it was just character, environmental, and based on their means.

Now that we know a little more about the relevance of the cars in Fast Five, let’s check out what vehicles will catch some screen time. Of course, some cars are more prevalent than others. Certain characters are attached to certain cars, but other vehicles make brief appearances.

Car Coordinator Chris McCarthy on set of Fast Five in a 1966 Corvette Grand Sport

McCarthy gave us a crash course on the wide range of cars that appear in Fast Five:

DM: Okay so at the beginning of this film the vehicles would be: We have a Pantera – a Classic 1971 Pantera. We have a GT40 – the original one. We have a Corvette Grand Sport – a 1965 Corvette Grand Sport. Those are the first three cars that you see in the opening sequence.

We have a vehicle built – basically we call it the “Heist Truck”. It was kind of a one-off, custom-built vehicle. Big tires. Almost a kind of monster truck style but built for a specific purpose. No flash, no cosmetics, just pure function. That was probably the most challenging sequence of the film, just because we were out in the middle of the desert at 120 degrees, in the sand and the dirt. Just keeping things running in those conditions is always tough.

We have the Charger back. We have the ’70 Charger back. Basically when you first see the guys down in South America, Vin [Diesel]’s in his Charger, as you’ve seen it out here. It’s not quiet the same. It’s not as flashy. It doesn’t have the motor. He’s trying to make it a little bit more inconspicuous so he could make it all the way down. That’s when you see Paul Walker in the ’72 Skyline. Another car you see down there is the character Han has a Ford Maverick, which seems like another odd choice but if you look at the cars of South Polo, and Rio, the car culture there, Maverick is one of the top muscle cars. It’s just one of the cars that Ford’s produced down there. So you have Maverick, which is another hot car. Unfortunately we tried to get one here. We have a car called the Chevy Opala. That’s like your Chevy muscle car and your Ford muscle car in South America…

We have a 370Z. We have a brand new Subaru, which Subaru basically donated to our cause. Those cars are once again modified by Rhys Millen. They’re all used here. There’s a sequence where they are zipping through the auto plant, kind of like an obstacle course. We have a Porsche GT3, which is basically something that we cloned. We did bring back a Toyota Supra. Some of those right hand drives are back in. Early Skyline, we have a 2010 Skyline in the film. We have a Lexus LFA, which I was very happy to get.

McCarthy’s car knowledge is unrivaled on the set of Fast Five. Even car enthusiast and star of the film, Paul Walker, has nothing on the experienced car coordinator. Even though CGI has been used to enhance the car chases of the Fast and the Furious franchise, it is important to have a wealth of car knowledge on set to create the most realistic portrayal of the characters we have grown to love.

1966 Ford GT40 in Fast Five The 21 Hot Cars Of Fast Five

If the expansive run-through from McCarthy is too bulky for you, check out our condensed list of the Fast Five cars below. He also didn’t mention every vehicle in the film and some of the years are off, but Universal gave us the official dossier and images of each car. Unfortunately, they’ve asked us not to share the photos in an effort to keep the essence of Fast Five under wraps. Rest assured, the cars look awesome and are worth the wait.

  • 1963 Ford Galaxy
  • 1966 Ford GT40
  • 1966 Corvette Grand Sport
  • 1967 International Scout
  • 1970 Charger
  • 1970 Ford Maverick
  • 1972 Nissan Skyline
  • 1972 Pantera Detomaso
  • 1996 Toyota Supra
  • 2002 Porsche GT3
  • 2006 GMC 2500 Yukon
  • 2009 Nissan 370Z
  • 2010 Dodge Challenger
  • 2010 Subaru STi
  • 2010 Lexus LFA
  • 2010 Modified Vault Chargers
  • 2011 Dodge Charger Police Interceptor
  • Gurkha LAPV
  • Ducati Street Racer
  • Train Heist Truck
  • Koenigsegg CCX

There are quite a few cars in Fast Five, but it wouldn’t be the same without them. Even though the cast and crew have mentioned that Fast Five takes the spotlight off the vehicles a bit, it will still bring in plenty of car lovers. Needless to say, they won’t be disappointed.

Fast Five Week is officially over and this concludes our coverage from the set visit. Stay tuned as the release date nears for new trailers and TV spots. If you missed any of our coverage from this week, catch up with the franchise with the articles below:

Fast Five slides into theaters on April 29th, 2011.

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  1. What were the 2 black cars used to pull the vault

    • Chargers

      • Volkswagons. The emblem gets a couple close ups.

        • agree..i saw VW emblem but everywhere it says Dodge..

    • The cars that pulled the vault were DEFINITELY Dodge Chargers.

    • Dodge Charger

    • it was dodge charger ,it was fast and good on the film

    • they are 2010 Modified Vault Chargers

    • dodge chargers 2010 srt8

    • They r dodge chargers

    • modified Dodge Chargers SRT

  2. what is the name of the “computer thing” that was attach to the “1966 Ford GT40″ where that important chip was installed ????

    • That computer things were GPS, now im not sure what brand / type

      • It’s a Kenwood single-din in-dash GPS, if I am not mistaken, it’s a Kenwood KVT-516.

    • @ash-rock

      Yah, that was just some after-market in-dash navigation system that was put in. The original GT40 definitely didn’t have anything like that, lol.

  3. what was the name of the two cars that were featured on the last part, those cars that are just 4 in the world and two of them are in the as what the two characters described it.

    • Keonigsegg CCXR Special Edition

  4. What was the car that Brian drove at the end against Dom?

    • Nissan GT-R

  5. can anyone tell me the name of the car paul walker pulls in at the first scene?

  6. that was some movie that i had to see.tell me? what happened to the car that sunk when dom & o’conner drove

  7. Do you mean the 1972 Nissan Skyline Sam?

  8. What kind of car is ludacris driving when he first meets up with tyrese? It has a ford hood and a Chevy emblem on the grill.

  9. There/s no doubting that the Corvette Grand Sport is a good looking car (and it was a shame to see it flying out of the train like that), but you can’t beat the GT40 for sheer american muscle.

  10. The Chevelle was left off the list. I’m ashamed…

  11. hey what was that car that was at the end of the movie were the black guy had that car shop and that other black guy pulled up in what car cuz he said there were only 4 left?????

  12. I almost never comment, but i did some searching and wound up here The
    21 Hot Cars Of

  13. Actually that looked like a mustang in the begging later showed up with volkswagen and dodge….