• May 26th 2006 at 5:01PM
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"The Fast and the Furious" movie series has not been kind to enthusiasts of American cars, with the exception of the moment in the first movie when Dom fires up his dad's Hemi-powered Charger (we won't even mention the hydraulically-assisted wheelie in the climatic scene, though). Therefore, we're not terribly surprised to hear the "hero" of the new film is a '67 Mustang that eventually sports a Nissan RB26DETT, a twin-turbo straight-six familiar to gearheads as the motivating force behind the fierce Skyline GT-R. A version sporting a 430-cube Ford small-block was used by Rhys Millen for most of the sideways action shots, but when Hot Rod Magazine lined the two different 'stangs up at a dragstrip, the rice-burner ran the quarter mile in 13.32 seconds and 109.83 MPH - over 1.2 seconds quicker and 13 MPH faster than the Blue Oval V8. Ouch.

Followers of the More Cubic Inches religion can take comfort in what was used behind the scenes, though...

A cut-down Chevy Suburban fitted with a 572-cube Bill Mitchell big-block was used for camera work where the actors' faces were shot through the vehicles' windshields. The passenger compartment for the featured car, loaded up with an actor behind the "wheel" was mounted on the back of the big SUV, and the whole contraption was drifted around a track to produce the necessary shots. Sign us up for the opportunity to drive the 'burb, but there's no way we'd hop into the piggyback car - at least not without an ample supply of air-sickness bags.

[Source: Edmunds Inside Line, Hot Rod Magazine]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      I'm not argueing that imports sales aren't soaring, but its not because their better or faster or that ppl even like them more than domestics. Its because they build cheap cars that are good on gas, and with gas prices sky rocketing ppl are looking for cheaper cars with cheap insurance rates. It doesn't hurt that import car owners pay their employees half as much in Japan when compared to in North America. Its the same reason why Japan sells so much other junk, its because they pay their employees shit and can build things dirt cheap. And the Mitsubishi Evo X is going to be priced way higher than the mustang. If it's priced with the Subaru WRX sti its still 10 grand over the baseline mustang GT, and if its anything like the Lancer Evo IX its going to be priced way higher than that. And lastly were not comparing neons and caviliers to anything. Were talking sports cars. You mise well start comparing trunk sizes and crash test ratings if you want to start talking about neons and caviliers. And to answer your question between a 4.6L mustang and a "GSX turbo AWD 4G63 or standard WRX" the 2005 mustang FT wins in the quarter mile. And the quarter mile is the only thing I run. Ive witnessed both, and both had excellent drivers so it wasn't that.
      • 9 Years Ago
      ok, whoever wrote this "5. There is a surprise, an import engine kicking the crap out of a domestic engine. To all you redneck hillbillies, hahahahahaha, told you so!!!"

      ok, lets start off with, guess what? your racist and a bigot! haha pwned! if someone has enough common sense to prefer 8 cylinders over 4 or 6, they are a "redneck hillbillie"? Your just an idiot.

      ok, we are comparing a twin turboed 6 cylinder to a n/a v8, ok? not an even race. What if i got a twin turboed 454 big block chevy, made 1500 hp, and this nissan has onlt 300hp? does that mean american cars are 5 times better then imports? no, its just not an even race.

      i got news for you, a 5000$ import engine will lose to a 5000$ domestic engine, ok? it will, cause for that 5000$, the domestic has twice the displcement, and makes WAY more horsepower.

      BUT, your still an idiot, you probably dont know the difference between wrist pin and a push rod.

      please, just go cry yourself to sleep
      • 9 Years Ago
      When building the Skyline, Nissan had absolute no intentions of it competing with "domestic cars". What the hell are you talking about, it even wasn't sold in America.... It was built to stay above the Silvia and Fairlady sports cars and beneath the Cedric and Gloria luxury cars. The GT-R is AWD, not RWD, and is made to compete with the 911 Turbo while costing much less money. You do remember when the R32 GT-R came out it was faster than pretty much anything short of an F40 or 959 yeah? No Corvette could even dream of coming close.

      I don't know why you're even talking, you seem to live in America, a country where there are probably less than 100 R34 GT-Rs driving around the streets. So how exactly do you know the Corvette is a nicer car?
      • 9 Years Ago
      #20 Censored. Wow you need lots of help, or you are just a moron. To answer your question, no my mother is not my sister but how about you? Is you mother you sister? Where did you come up with such a dumb and stupid statement. Ford and GM are in trouble but not as bad as most people think. GM posted a Q1 profit and Ford will be back to profitablility by 2008. On the other hand, there is a CEO of a company being charged for sexual assult.......wait its Toyota. Ohhhh and there is another CEO is being put in jail....ohhhh right its Hyundai. Wow neother of these companies is American one so it doesnt look like there are the pieces of shit in the automotive world. They will not be going away any time soon. Jay, Toyota has the "Retro" FJ Cruiser, or maybe you dont consider it retro. And to say that Carroll shelby cannot come up with new designs is a sin. He has made so may cool cars, has been in countless magazines, and has WON TONS of races. I dont see you doing any of this so you should shut up and until you become a racecar driver, and win as many races as he has, you should keep your comments to yourself. Chris, ever Mustang is a perfectly good Mustang. It is better than anything the Japanese or Korean car makers can produce. The Mustang along with the concept Challenger, and Camaro are American car icons, and no Japanese car can come close.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Lighter engine? Not compared to what's available in crate motors these days. You should be able to find a V8 that weights less and makes more power.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I'm sorry but I think these movies are idiotic and prety much appeal to 13 year old boys who still think a slammed Civic with a Sanka can taped to the exhaust pipe is cool.

      Oh, and Bob (are you sure that's not Jim Bob?)....I guess we hillbilly American rednecks were just too busy working on the obviously simpleton created SPACE SHUTTLE to worry about this drag race. When you graduate from middle school maybe you will understand the technological feat of going to the moon. For now though, you can concentrate on learning remedial math.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Hey chris, I'm well aware the GT-R is not sold in North America, and i'm also aware its not rear wheel drive. I was referring to it as Japans Corvette theoritically. And yes it was built to compete with the corvette in international racing. It was to compete with many other vehicles too, but I'm referring to North American vehicles. It also competes with the Viper, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Porshce 911 Turbo, Cadillac CTS-V, Audi RS6, and Volvo S60R to mention a few. No one production car is made to simply compete with one other car. And would ppl stop comparing the GT-R to a mustang. Thats like mustang enthusiastes comparing the mustang cobra or GT500 to a baseline civic. There two completely different cars, in different price ranges. And "rising sun", your vehicle says a lot about the person you are. Its how many ppl express themselves, and it can tell a lot about the person driving it. And just because i'm christian, does mean i'm racist, I never once spoke of someones religion or race, but thanks for coming out.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Let's all think about this for a moment, okay?

      To build a 500HP four banger, you will need to get a fairly big core engine block, then, pour about 20-30k into it.

      To build a 500HP Ford small block, is a different matter. With the core 302 from an '88 Mustang GT, you can spend about $3,000 max without needing a turbo OR a supercharger. It just makes much more sense to use big block v8's, but the true key to performence is to use modern AMERICAN technology to build it.

      Also, for those of you saying "Honda can make 1.5L with over 1,000HP," I have just two words for that: EMISSIONS. CONTROLS. If the government didn't have ANY regulations (like Japan) car manufactuars would be making much more powerful cars. An example of this would be the 2005/06 Ford Falcon in Europe. It has a 400HP small block in it. But the mainreason I bring that up is that it's the SAME EXACT 281 (4.6L) small block in the 05/06 Mustang GT, which has 300HP. The only difference is the emissions controls on it.

      On another note, isn't the Skyline GT-R, a 90K rally car, powered by a 460HP twin turbo V6? now compare that to the 300HP Mustang GT, which costs LESS THAN A THIRD than the GT-R? If you stuck a SINGLE turbocharger to the 'Stang it would not only be a third less, but it would be more powerful. And, you should also add the emissions controls onto the GT-R to make it street legal in the U.S.- that will strip about 100+ HP off the GT-R.

      But, let's not travel to much further from the topic of this blog. A Rice Burner engine in a Mustang, at the very least, is a sin - no question about it.
      • 9 Years Ago
      AL you seem like a true american. "Yea, americans suck, i know..it's bush!" maybe you should move to Japan if you think it sucks so much over here....believe me you won't be missed
      • 9 Years Ago
      Great now we get another inlux of absolutely retarded honda civics with 3 foot wings, fake blow off vlave turbos, minimum 5 inch exhaust tips once this movie hits. See why the ricers are hated so much lol Stock up on cv axles :)

      • 9 Years Ago
      i respect the movie. i really enjoyed it for what it put forth. especially the cameo at the end with mr vin in another american car. OH! BTW.. did any of you notice that baaad aasss monte carlo he was driving in teh begining?
      about the mustang in japan thing. that's how Autoterminal bacame so large. they took a bunch of american cars sent them to japan and sold them there jus tlike peole have been importing skylines and such here.
      regarding the american muscle. those crate engine's with a good 500 hp run around 10grand. a 500 hp rb motor runs for 5k. another thing. people turned to the import because of it's complexity. it's fine tuning. yes american big blocks shit out RAW power. but it take alot of fine tuning to create power from the smaller displacement engines.
      • 9 Years Ago
      And one last thing. Yes the skyline is an amazing car. I will give props where props are deserved. However, you realize the purpose of the skyline was to compete with domestic cars, to build a car that was easy to modify, rear wheel drive, and a car inspired by the corvette. The car is an amazing sports car and with minor modification and a lap top you can make the skyline a rubber burning monster. But its also worth noting that the rubber burning skylines that ppl refer to are worth 75+ thousand dollars. So instead of comparing the skyline to a mustang, compare it to the car it was meant to be compared to the corvette. And when you compare those two vehicles the corvette is simply the nicer, more powerful vehicle in stock wear. When us domestic car enthusiasts are bashing the imports its the honda civics, integras, CRX's etc. They cost the same amount as a mustang or camaro and you get a 1/4 of the car and 1/8 of the styling and excitment.
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