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Fast Five 1965 Corvette Grand Sport – Click above to watch the videos after the jump

The fifth installment of the Fast and the Furious series, Fast Five, is ready to debut this summer, unleashing another round of "nos"-fed hilarity. In anticipation of the promised vehicular mayhem, they guys at Inside Line caught up with Dennis McCarthy, the man behind the stable of hot rods featured in the movie.

The first is a one-off, tube-frame monstrosity of an offroad car hauler lovingly dubbed "Mongo." Mongo was designed to assist Vin Diesel and Paul Walker in filching exotic cars from a moving train. To our eyes, Mongo looks ready to do just that, sporting a 600-plus-horsepower 502-cubic-inch Chevrolet V8, 7:10 gears and 18 inches of suspension travel. According to McCarthy, Mongo did his own stunts, completing a 75-foot jump and driving away unscathed. Wow.

The next sample on today's palette is possibly the most famous car to come out of the Fast and the Furious franchise, Dom Toretto's 1970 Dodge Charger. Though the car in the film sports a 900-horsepower supercharged Hemi, keeping costs low dictated a slightly tamer set up for the actual workhorses of the film. In stuntman-ready trim, the Charger sported a 400-hp Chevy small block (sorry, Mopar fans...) capped by a gutted BDS blower just for effect. According to IL, it's loud, scary to drive and uncomfortable, just the way any self-respecting mock up should be.

The final car on the list is the star of the show, a replica of a 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, build by Mongoose Motorsports. It features the ubiquitous Chevrolet 502 big block, backed up by a Borg Warner Super T-10 four-speed stick. The combination rides on C3 Corvette suspension, which struggles to handle nearly 600 horses stuffed into a featherweight frame.

After weeks of abuse at the hands of Hollywood, none of the cars are feeling as healthy as they once were. That said, they all still run, which can't be said for hundreds of other cars used in the movie. Added to that, they'll all still burn up the rear tires with poise, showing they still have their dignity. Click past the jump to see all three cars in action.

[Source: YouTube via Inside Line]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Brett A MacPherson
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did they just not care that the Mongo has a bent rear axle? Or maybe just a bent rim.. Understandable if its been launched 75 feet.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Brett A MacPherson
        Most likely a bent rim, a bent axle tends not to last very long before it eats a diff and/or wheel bearing.
      El VatoLoco
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm actually quite offended that they put a GM motor in a Charger because it was "economical". I think these movies make more than enough money to afford Hemi motors to be put in the Mopar cars in these films, just saying.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @El VatoLoco
        It's done all the time in the drag racing world.. Fords with Chevy motors, Chevy's with Hemi's, Chryslers with Ford motors... There's an example for anything you can think of.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @El VatoLoco
        every little penny saved in production goes towards profits. what difference does it make if its not the same deal in real.. its called movie magic.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why'd they chop up the supercharger? Surely it couldn't have cost that much more to actually bolt it on... It would've sounded authentic too. (Unless they have a real hemi for sound fx...)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can they please stop making these movies?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I liked the first and the third movies (even though a lot of people didn't like the third), even though it was kinda laughable, primarily the first. Second was so-so at best. But the fourth one showed how they are no longer car movies. They aren't about fast cars, they are about destroying cars, which is why I won't be watching this one. Let me know when they get back to racing - even if it is a bunch of imports. At least it was entertaining then.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Miguel Tavares
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awesome cars!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I do prefer the first and third, as they actually focus on a ridiculous but fun portrayal of the tuner subculture. Unfortunately, Tokyo Drift suffers from an awful, poorly-acted redneck protagonist. The second is just tacky and ridiculous. The fourth one was just a bit of a generic action/car chase/cops and robbers film, and it killed off Michelle Rodriguez, which saddened me. The fifth seems to be more of the same, but I guess that the street racing buzz is dead now, and a generic action film is more viable.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope these cars live up to the hype.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They started out with awesome cars but now they're getting into "Mad Max" territory. Can't wait for episodes, 6,7,8,9,10 infinity to come out. Save your gas money and wait a month or so for the uncut/deleted/alternate scenes Blue ray DVD to come out...
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