The fast and the furious: Tokyo Drift — cars

Like it or hate it, Tokyo Drift probably played THE biggest role in bringing drift to the eye of the audience, and today we will come back to the most memorable cars in the movie.

  • 2001 Nissan Silvia S15 Spec-S — “Mona Lisa”
  • 2003 Nissan Fairlady Z (Z33) — D.K.
  • 1997 Mazda RX-7
  • 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback
  • 2004 Mazda RX-8
  • 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX
  • 2002 Nissan Fairlady Z (Z33) — Morimoto
  • 1971 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
  • Finding

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Introduction

Like it or hate it, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift probably played the biggest role in bringing the drift to the eye of the audience, let’s look back at the movie’s most memorable cars.

When launched in 2001, The Fast and the Furious caused a disturbance in Hollywood. With a budget of only $38 million, it will become the 386th film on most profitable of all time in the United States and Canada, with $206 million in global box office revenue.

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The series has made the general public have a better understanding of the automotive tuning scene, potentially, even accepting what we know and love a little more.

He has undoubtedly also converted some of your means Joe’s into lifelong car enthusiasts.

Before the movies, tuners had often been seen as a bunch of boring kids with stupid cars and noisy exhaustions that posed a constant danger to the general public — Mustang drivers, we look at you! (Sorry, not sorry!)

As wacky and off-topic as stories sometimes became, he helped bridge a gap between oil heads and the general public, in a kind of strange ‘accept it because it’s Hollywood Esque.

When ‘2 Fast 2 Furious’ joined the line-up in 2003, they proved that there was a lot of interest in the series, but until then the films were not too focused on the drift aspect.

For the third film in 2006, everything has changed. Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift was born.

With drift having a huge success in the United States, there is no doubt that the popularity of Formula Drift would have played a big role, but also the popularity of drift in Japan and the JDM tuning scene would have contributed.

It was also the attempt of screenwriter Chris Morgan to revive the series mainly for oil lovers and would be the first film in the series to start its tradition of shooting in exotic locations — and where better than Tokyo?

Undoubtedly the birthplace of drift, and, undoubtedly, always home to the largest drifters and cars on the planet. With the addition of some of the biggest names of drift on board, such as the Drift King Keiichi Tsuchiya, they began to create for the first time a drift-oriented Hollywood blockbuster.

Not only would Tsuchiya offer his expertise, but would also include stunt pilot appearances and technical commentaries from American legends drifting Rhys Millen, Samuel Hubinette, Tanner Foust, Rich Rutherford, Calvin Wan and Alex Pfeiffer.

After the release of the film, some enthusiasts would argue that the film did not capture the true essence of the drifting mind, but let’s be honest, there is no shortage of facepalm moments throughout the series Fast and Furious…

It’s not perfect, but we still love it, and it always makes us come back for more!

The F&F series has become Universal’s largest franchise of all time, and the ninth most successful film series ever recorded .

We enthusiasts are not the only ones to enjoy it either, because the F&F series has become Universal’s largest franchise of all time, and the ninth most successful film series ever .

At the time of the creation of this article, the eight Fast and the Furious films generated more than $5 billion in global gross revenues.

It does not end there either, there are two more films being prepared, even with the huge loss of the main character, Paul Walker.

Given the popularity of the series, it was then turned into a live show, where fans were able to attend the action directly. We did the tour in our magazine Fast & Furious Live.

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift featured a wide variety of cars, from JDM legends to classic car muscle. In fact, more than 200 cars were used only for the Tokyo Drift movie, and they were shipped from all over the world.

If you’re wondering how they needed a lot of cars, there were eleven single Nissan 350z that were shipped directly from Japan because they needed right-hand drive cars, since they were based in Tokyo. Three of them would later be sacrificed for the greater good, written off in crash scenes.

In addition to that, they also purchased ten Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX, most of which were converted to rear-wheel drive for their participation in drift scenes.

Almost all cars had to be bought second-hand because they were out of production at the time. This included Nissan Silvia’s, Mazda RX7 and even Toyota Chasers.

Despite Hollywood’s budget, many cars bought in the second-hand market due to the cessation of production, yet they still spent more than $7 million on cars destined for the film alone.

As you can imagine, there was a huge amount of this budget would have been used to modify each car to make sure they were ideal for their role in the movie, sometimes even completely using a completely different chassis, which we discussed in depth in our article Paul Walker Skyline.

We are sure you’re here to take a look at some of the crazy cars that were made for the Tokyo Drift movie, and also to learn a little more at their subject. You’ve definitely visited the perfect place.

Let’s take a deep look at our favorite cars from the movie!

2001 Nissan Silvia S15 Spec-S — “Mona Lisa”

We will launch the list with one of the most famous cars of the franchise: Mona Lisa. Despite not getting a lot of screen time, the car earned itself a huge as a result of the movie.

Interestingly — two of the staff members here at Drifted own S15, so it’s just that an S15 is at the top of our list!

Despite the C-West style and the somewhat “unique” color scheme are not entirely to our personal tastes, there is no doubt that this is an iconic car of the series and this certainly gave S15 a significant global success.

Han mentioned that Mona Lisa was her favorite car, before hand over the keys to his partner Sean Boswell as he clashed against D.K. in a car park race. Although he had a drifting lesson before the start of the race, Sean quickly crashed the car into the pillars of the underground parking lot.

After Han died in the film, Reiko later rediscovered the damaged Mona Lisa when Han’s team looks for spare parts to repair his father’s 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback in his race against Takashi.

Changes

The original car used for the film was a SPEC-S S15, which means it had the natural suction SR20DE engine under the hood. This is common for drifting cars in real life too, since the value of SR20DET-powered S15 is much higher, SPEC-S are a much more affordable candidate for engine exchange.

It was also the case of the Speci-S in the film, which featured an RB26 Skyline GT-R engine with six straight lines.

The rear wing mirrors C-West GT (BGW) and Ganador were significantly altered outside the car next to the C-West DRFT kit.

For the interior, we could see Recaro seats with Takata harness, which would be a common choice in Japan.

Other modifications include a Sparco steering wheel next to the Auto Meter gauges, an aluminum instrument combination, a custom roll cage and the NOS signature bottle.

They did not withdraw with the wheels, opting for a genuine Volk Wheels GT-7 Grey Racing, which were 19 x 8.5″ at the front and 19 x 9.5″ in the rear. These were wrapped in Toyo Proxes T1R which were 235/35/ZR19 fronts and 255/30/ZR19 rear.

2003 Nissan Fairlady Z (Z33) — D.K.

Takashi, also known as Drift King (or D.K.) shows his Nissan Fairlady Z, which is the Japanese model of the Nissan 350z, for the first time in the race against Mona Lisa, where Mona Lisa is destroyed and D.K. wins the victory.

The next time the car is seen is when D.K. faces Sean, warning him to stay away from Neela. Takashi, who has ties to Yakuza in the film, then sues Han for money issues, and Sean, for stealing Neela.

The car eventually collapses in the movie when D.K. runs Sean on Suicide Mountain to decide who’s staying in Tokyo. In a typically suspended F&F race, D.K. is in the lead before he ends up taking the Z33 over a cliff, landing on the roof of the car.

It’s easy to see how they crossed eleven of them!

Changes

In our minds, it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful F&F cars to date. VeilSide body kits are generally known to be somewhat excessive, but Ver. 3 aerodynamics fits well with the Z33 and is surprisingly subtle, especially with the chosen color scheme. They are also equipped with a VeilSide carbon fiber hood and Ganador mirrors.

For the engine, they chose to keep the VQ35DE, but it includes a dual turbocharger kit of Australian tuners APS, with Magnaflow providing dual exhaust configuration. This was said to provide about 460 hp to the wheels.

RS*R lowering springs were used to improve position, eliminating the gap between the car and VeilSide Andrew Evolution Vs wheels. They were 19 x 9 fronts and 19 x 11 rear with Toyo Proxes TR1R tires 245/35ZR19 and 285/30ZR19.

For the interior, they opted for Sparco seats, harness and steering wheel next to a custom cage. Once again, it was a surprisingly subtle installation, which kept the car simple and realistic.

1997 Mazda RX-7

Han was definitely not out of money, and his selection of cars proved it, one of which was this superb VeilSide Fortune kitted RX-7.

After Sean Boswell has totaled Han’s favorite car, Mona Lisa, he chose to take the wheel of the RX-7 instead.

When D.K. faces Han, he fled into the RX-7 before a street race in downtown Tokyo and Shibuya broke out.

D.K. eventually rolled (rather ridiculously) back in front of Han, pulling into the windshield of the RX-7. Han then gets him out of the road and will run away when Deckard Shaw takes him off.

After that, the car lands on its roof and explodes into a huge ball of flames, canceling the RX-7 and killing Han in the process.

Changes

This RX-7 was built by VeilSide for the Tokyo Auto Salon 2005. Universal then bought it and changed the original red/burgundy color scheme for the film.

The Fortune kit from VeilSide is extremely rare, and one of the most sought after body kits out there, completely transforming the appearance and lines of the RX-7, while still managing to look surprisingly impressive.

In addition to the front window, the Fortune kit changes every panel of the car, which even includes the roof!

This is an incredibly wide kit, and it’s almost a wider foot than the original car, with 5-6″ added on each side.

VeilSide opted for their wheels Andrews EVO-V, but these are not your typical sizes because of the senseless width of this thing. Despite the 9″ wheels that were installed in the front, they needed a huge 12″ to fill the rear wings.

Behind the wheels are the huge Rotora brakes and four pistons calipers. A’pexi N1 coilovers were installed to eliminate the arch space.

Despite a complete overhaul of the car, VeilSide did not stop there with the modifications. Under the hood is the original rotary engine, but with an improved HKS T04Z turbocharger attached to it, cooled by an HKS cooler, the gases coming out of a Titanium exhaust VeilSide. Tasty.

The interior has also experienced a huge number of changes, including a huge alpine audio configuration and VeilSide D1 racing seats. There is also a screen of 8 inch dashboard in case you wanted to watch the car in movies, while you are sitting in the car…

Although the car was totaled in the movie, it seems to have been CGI, as we were told that the original car is still doing the rounds these days and looks as impressive as ever.

1967 Ford Mustang Fastback

This is the first non-JDM car on our list, but do not be afraid, if you are not already aware, it has a pleasant surprise under the hood!

This fastback belonged to Major Boswell (Sean’s father), who initially found it on a military base. Sean woke up one day to find his father who was working on the car, who was in a serious state of disrepair.

When Sean challenges D.K. to a race, Sean and his friends work to restore the car, eventually taking the RB26 of Han total S15.

After completing the restorations, Sean uses the car to run D.K. on the mountain where he has never been beaten before. After several moments of imminent death, D.K. sends his Nissan 350z above the edge of the cliff before crashing to his roof in front of Sean, at the bottom of the mountain.

Changes

There was certainly no shortage of RB26 in these films, and the Mustang would be no exception!

Apparently, it took two months to install the Nissan GT-R RB26 engine in Mustang Bay, according to rumor of being 500hp, which is certainly a decision that triggered the purists Mustang AND JDM. Sorry to say chime on a controversial topic, but we like it a little!

For the transmission, a 1998 Skyline GT-S 5-speed gearbox was used and bolted to a rear end Ford 9-inch Currie Enterprises, retaining the required rear-wheel drive arrangement.

Global West supplied control arms and springs, and KYB provided shock absorbers.

They opted for JDM style with the wheels, (uh-oh, I can hear again the purists triggered), mounting a set of 19″ Volk GT-7, which are 9″ fronts and 10″ rear and wrapped in 245/35ZR19 and 275/35ZR19 Toyo Proxes T1R’s.

Behind the wheels is an impressive 4-piston Wilwood brake kit, which provides more than enough braking force.

Inside, there is nothing much to write at home, there are some subtle style changes, but it was mostly kept basic and stock.

Two duplicate Mustangs were apparently built for the film, and apparently all the Mustang used during the shooting managed to avoid being destroyed and were sold by the following auction.

2004 Mazda RX-8

Neela’s RX-8 didn’t make many appearances in the movie, but one of the main scenes he was involved in was something of the wet dream of a die-hard tuner (sorry, but it’s true!)

While the beautiful Neela drifts quietly and confidently into the touge, expressing her love for drift while in perfect tandem with her street team, she explains her history with the mountain in Sean.

This car was also seen towards the end of the film, where Dominic Toretto and Sean Boswell go face to face.

Changes

It’s a surprise to see that a “chick car” in a franchise like this is not too ridiculous, but although the Veilside D1-GT body kit is a bit overthe-top, it’s not too bad and even features a Team Burst style fade from blue to black, just the stickers are missing. Well, and a little style.

It also features other VeilSide extras, such as a painted carbon fiber hood and a GT wing.

Under the hood, the 1.3 13B rotary engine was equipped with a Greddy turbo kit and a replacement engine management system next to a Tanabe exhaust.

Suspension mods included Tein coil springs and a Cusco rear stabilizer bar, as well as a Cusco LSD for uniform distribution of rear wheel power.

The Volk Racing GT-AV 19″ rims have been wrapped in 245/35/ZR19 and 255/30/ZR19 Toyo Proxes.

Inside, there were popular JDM modifications, Takata harnesses and a Nardi steering wheel.

2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX

Another proof that Han was not short of money was when he handed Sean Boswell a brand new Evo IX after canceling Mona Lisa in a race against D.K.

Sean would use the RWD Evo IX to perfect his drifting skills, which he quickly acquired and mastered, winning all the races he competed in, even beating Morimoto, a trading partner of D.K.

After attempting to flee D.K. through the streets of Tokyo, the Evo was the next car to be crushed by Sean Boswell before Han was boned in T-on the RX-7.

Changes

Rhys Millen’s team worked on this Evo, converting it into RWD specifically to allow it to drift in a typical way for the film. This is surprisingly simple to do in an Evo, and simply requires disconnecting the front differential.

RMR (Rhys Millen Racing) brought some Subtle changes to the 2-liter turbocharged 4G63 engine, such as an air intake and a CMA descent, but nothing drastic.

An APR body kit, a rear wing and side mirrors were installed for the added style, and Rays has once again got the goods, opting for the G-Games 99B 19″, which are 8.5″ wide, once again wrapped in Toyo Proxes T1R.

The original Recaro seats are kept next to the Takata JDM harness and a quick-release Sparco steering wheel.

2002 Nissan Fairlady Z (Z33) — Morimoto

D.K.’s sidekick, Nissan 350z from Morimoto, is seen for the first time as he faces Sean in his brand new Evo IX in the garage, and then loses the race.

The car reappears later when D.K. and Morimoto chase Han, Neela and Sean. Morimoto continues to hit Sean Evo from the driver side before Sean pushes him into oncoming traffic, where he fails to avoid a front accident and becomes the last victim of the F&F balance sheet on the streets of Shibuya.

Changes

This was reported to be fully stock mechanically, and upgrades were purely aesthetic changes to make it more impressive.

This includes a G-Force Top Secret body kit, which makes it 2″ wider on either side.

Next to this are a Top Secret FRP hood and a carbon fiber rear wing.

Volk’s GT-C is the edge of choice, with 18 x 9″ fronts and 18 x 10″ rear. Again, they are wrapped in Toyo T1R (you probably have the shot of this piece now!)

This car actually has a rather nice interior with Recaro fixed back bucket seats elegant.

There is also a NOS bottle, but it seems that it is purely there for the show. I mean, which F&F car would be complete without a big blue NOS bottle? !

1971 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

This 1971 Monte Carlo once again belonged to Sean Boswell (he is sure to drive a wide variety of cars, isn’t it?).

After insulting the knowledge of the Douchebag Clay on his Dodge Viper SRT-10, Sean receives a baseball bat through the back window of his Monte Carlo. They end up facing face to face, which is probably not a huge surprise, but this time they run to win Clay’s girlfriend, Cindy.

Sean follows Clay’s viper after sailing a construction site. He is then forced to cross a partially built house, (as you do), before catching up with Clay. Sean then takes the lead and Clay decides to push his brilliant Dodge Viper into Sean several times after being liquidated by Cindy, forcing both cars to leave the road.

Clay then falls into a bad accident with a concrete cylinder as he and Cindy meet their disappearance and Sean wins the race. Crossing the finish line, he loses control of the Monte Carlo before returning several times, and this also joins the list of destroyed cars.

Sean is then arrested and informed that Monte Carlo is crushed.

Nine stunt men were used, with eleven cars in total, for the 1971 Monte Carlo scenes in the film.

Changes

Although it was not a drift car, the Monte Carlo had a fairly complete list of modifications!

According to the car team, two of the nine Monte-Carlo had a 509 engine block of 560 hp.

For the main cars, it was even more impressive. It may seem to be ready for scrap metal, but don’t let the appearance fool you, they were designed for drag races and have been equipped with an 800 hp engine under the Fiberglass Trends hood.

Bill Mitchell’s built 632 cubic inch block provides a ridiculous 10.3 liters of displacement, using 8 cylinders to shoot 800 hp.

With fancy carburettors and fuel cells combined with NOS as well as a huge list of support mods specifications, this thing is the true definition of a sleeper.

A 4-speed Richmond T-10 gearbox passes through the gears as KYB shock absorbers and Global West control arms, springs and cylinder plates allow it to pass around corners, while Goodyear Eagle slicks (I know, different tires, right? !) Keep it firmly hung on the floor.

For the remaining seven cars, either they were stuck with small V8 blocks or had no engines at all.

It may not be a drift car, but it’s definitely something different!

Finding

If you’re like us, you probably want to go back and watch Tokyo Drift again now!

At least, you can approach cars with a little more knowledge, and perhaps respect, knowing that some of them actually present some pretty impressive improvements and modifications.

In our Paul Walker article, which we strongly recommend checking, we reveal some rather troublesome modifications of what can be done behind the scenes in Hollywood.

Attention, purists R34, or JDM will want to look away now!

We know The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is not the perfect movie for hardcore drift fans, but we are grateful for the call it gave to your “average Joe” by bringing the drift to the mainstream. With some of the biggest names of drift involved in the project, they certainly gave a good effort!

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