Laugh all you want about the Fast and Furious franchise, but you have to admire the sheer chutzpah of a film that happily throws fully-built, customised cars out of a goddamn cargo plane for a few minutes worth of footage. Real cars, with zero CGI.
Fast and Furious 7’s car co-ordinator Dennis McCarthy explains. “Everyone was shocked when they found out we threw real cars out of the plane,” he says. McCarthy has been working on the franchise since the third instalment, and realises that even by F&F’s stunt-tastic standards, this was a big one.
Step forward the cars: Dom’s 1968 Dodge Charger, Letty’s 2015 Challenger SRT, Roman’s 1968 Chevy Camaro Z/28, Brian’s Subaru WRX STI, and Tej’s Jeep Rubicon.
It’s just one bombastic scene in a film filled to the brim with bombast. And fire. And explosions. And a $3.4 million limited edition supercar FLYING THROUGH BUILDINGS.
TG.com sat down with Dennis as he explained the builds for the seventh instalment of the FF franchise. Are you ready to shift through an inexplicable number of gears? Here’s our F&F7 crib sheet…