What can be said about The Fast and the Furious, one of the top ten biggest franchises in film history? The series has certainly graduated from its modest street racing origin into the more popular and well-received heist concept, but that doesn’t stop the franchise from littering the box office with its grand and violent vehicle chase scene opus. The cars are getting more complicated as well. From Paul Walker and his simple farm boy expectations of simply adding nitrous oxide to go faster in a straight line, to armored dune buggies scrapping for street corners while under volleys of gunfire. If that hasn't happened yet it's bound to.
With some insight the complexion of these cars can be greatly appreciated. Even a car as common as a 1970 Dodge Charger requires some beefing up of sorts, where so much extra armor is riveted to the exterior that the car isn’t even a Charger anymore. It’s been mutated into a war machine. This all seems complicated though; maybe the franchise should pony up some of its hard-earned cash to really invest in top shelf vehicles that require no modification? The potential is endless, but starts with our list.
Following the trend in F8 of having multiple armored vehicles it only seems fair to include in this list what BBC’s Top Gear referred to as “The World’s Most Unstoppable Vehicle.” It may cross many minds that this vehicle surfaced in a memorable episode of Top Gear where host Richard Hammond drove through some walls and attempted to order fast food at a drive in, all while piloting the Paramount Marauder. This South African made personnel carrier is a mine-protected behemoth crushing the pavement below with a curb weight of more than 20,000 pounds. It has a turret, can support eight crew members and can resist 50kg of TNT. The Marauder isn’t fast, but unsuspecting Fast crew enemies will certainly be surprised when it charges through the brick wall behind them. The cost? Only $650,000. Chump change.
It wouldn’t be a Fast movie without a supercar. The Ultima Evolution is a British car from Ultima Sports Ltd. It’s light weight (near 2,000 pounds), and has more than 1,000 horsepower, this coming from a supercharged LS V8 which delivers a 0-60 time of 2.3 seconds. It’s also a Frankenstein car, which means it fits right in with the Fast world. The Ultima Evolution is constructed in Britain, uses an American LS V8 engine and a Porsche six-speed gearbox. It’s also got beastly rear tires, and costs pennies at roughly $85,000. The Ultima Evolution would be perfect for a chase scene, providing that neither Dwayne Johnson or Vin Diesel are at the helm. The car is just too small for them.
These tanks and supercars are all well and good, but what the Fast franchise really needs is a decent helicopter for those intense getaway scenes, or even for when the crew needs to drop into a protected base to steal something. We all remember the Bell OH-58D from Fast Five, but to be honest that dinky toy won’t do in the long run. The Fast crew needs something with more grit and ferocity. Enter the Mil Mi-24, a Russian made helicopter gunship. Not only can it withstand .50 caliber bullets but it also carries up to eight passengers. It’s got guns, can drop bombs but most importantly it is fast. With two turbine engines producing more than 2,000 horsepower each, the Mil Mi-24 has a top speed of 208-mph. It’s also realistically affordable. After the Fast franchise’s raking in of a hefty $4 billion, surely a measly $12 million for one attack helicopter is hardly a drop in the bucket.
Lightning Motorcycles LS-218
The series definitely needs something stealthy, maybe a couple of stealth vehicles, and what could be better than an electric motorcycle? Granted, most aren’t very quick yet, but there is one that is so fast its top speed became part of its name. The LS-218 by Lightning Motorcycles has 200 horsepower, spins at a constant 10,500 RPM, has an estimated range of 100 miles on a charge and, yes, a top speed of 218 mph. Chances are this vehicle will take a lot of flak for not making a ton of noise, but once the speed is known the complaining will stop. The best part about this motorcycle is the price. For the current fastest electric motorcycle in the world, the LS-218 comes to a mere $38,888.
Juliet Marine Systems Ghost
We said a couple of stealth vehicles were necessary, and here to complete the couple is the Juliet Marine Systems’ Ghost. The Fast franchise has yet to unleash nautical fury, and that’s where the Ghost comes into play. It’s got two turbines each producing 2,000 horsepower, and while the current speed is topped at 32 knots, by the time the next Fast movie rolls out the Ghost could be up to 70 knots. The Ghost will utilize active drag reduction technology to deliver stable movement, only needs two crew members to operate and can house up to 16 additional occupants. The current price is not known, but it cost $19 million to make, according to Bloomberg. However, if the Fast producers act now they can get one for only $7 million.
There’s no arguing with the fact that the Fast series has evolved a great deal, but there’s nothing that says it can’t go a little further. It can still get plenty more ridiculous, especially with the variety of stunts that can be possible with our populated list of potential Fast vehicles.