The team at Universal Pictures recently invited us check out the real stars – the machinery – of its upcoming action thriller Fast & Furious 6, due in theaters on May 24. On hand at the studio special effects facility were more than a dozen vehicles, each with its own unique story to tell.

Giving us special insight to the logistical nightmare of coordinating the 300-400 vehicles consumed during filming (sadly, nearly all were destroyed) was Dennis McCarthy, the film's Picture Car Coordinator. McCarthy, a true car guy, explained the difficulty of turning a street car into a Fast & Furious celebrity. Aside from the obvious safety upgrades to keep the stunt crews secure, engines are often upgraded (the small-block LS3 from General Motors is the team's jack-of-all-trades), differentials welded and slide brakes fitted (allowing precise control of the rear calipers to induce drift). The cars are mostly all modified in the States, and then shipped to shooting locations around the globe.

Eye candy such as the heavily customized 1969 Dodge Daytona (pictured above) is even more impressive up close, when you realize that its side pipes required the entire exhaust system to be packaged within the confines of the passenger compartment. The team purchased seven Euro Mark I Ford Escorts, a celebrated 1970s-era rally car complete with stock fender flares, but only one made it through filming. We were drawn to the LS7-powered Lister, with with its bright livery and 1,800-pound curb weight, but our favorite turned out to be the new three-passenger Flip Car. The one-off handcrafted vehicle features a 500-horsepower LS3 running through a V-drive from a boat with the rear steering mechanism of a monster truck. Simply badass, even if it's not even remotely street legal.

If you have specific questions about any of the vehicles after clicking through the gallery (all of the images have been labeled to ease identification), post them in Comments.


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      Trist
      • 1 Year Ago
      GT-R looks amazing and that's a Vanquish not a DB9.
      Wojtek Jakóbczyk
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's "Jensen", not "Jenson".
      phun-ky
      • 1 Year Ago
      Apart from not being able to identify the cars correctly, the pictures are just terrible! Did you let your kid to take those?
      diffrunt
      • 1 Year Ago
      is there a back story on all the builds? a lotta time, money & people. I was a wrench & prop truck driver on pet cemetary 2. Got to observe the magic fingered set builders 1st hand. Amazing craftsmen..
        John
        • 1 Year Ago
        @diffrunt
        Hows this for a back story? http://www.pro-touring.com/showthread.php?71227-Anvil-Mustang
      • 1 Year Ago
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      MikeInNC
      • 1 Year Ago
      Want to see a real car movie? Go watch Le Mans, Grand Prix or Ronin (look up John Frankenheimer for goodness sakes) and skip this bubble gum CGI-race-sequence crap. Worst movie franchise ever.
      stecki3d
      • 1 Year Ago
      the flip car reminds me of the Slicer from the original H. B. Halicki Gone in 60 Seconds 2.
      juststudent
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why always starring dinosaur cars? It's cool but feels overused.
        Rich
        • 1 Year Ago
        @juststudent
        Someone has to keep the "when I was back in HS" vibe going...
      me
      • 1 Year Ago
      is this one gonna actually have street races???? an im getting muscle car fatigue....from movies to games the industry seems to have this erection for old cars...it was great at first but now every car show on tv(especially velocity) is just an filled with old cars I was born in 81 id love stuff a lil more current
      damienreiduae
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's not an Aston Martin DB9
      SCOTTM
      • 1 Year Ago
      Firstly, Autoblog needs a new editor or at least one who will edit. Secondly, this is a tired out series. I hope they don't make another one.
      Nick Rogers
      • 1 Year Ago
      Isn't that "2012 Aston DB9" actually an old V12 Vanquish?
        d_donovan2
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Nick Rogers
        Yup.... maybe Michael Harley need too learn more about cars before writing about them. Its pretty sad when a so call auto enthusiast / writer can't even recognize that has been with us for over a decade. and the ford escort blurb is wrong too. Dude needs to stop writing and do more reading and studying up on his cars and makes before he continues to write again. I hate journalist who don't do their homework.
          blasds78
          • 1 Year Ago
          @d_donovan2
          While I agree with your point about journalists and their facts, remember that this is a blog. I'm not even sure where there's true journalism anymore, but I wouldn't seek it on a blog.
        Carpinions
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Nick Rogers
        Looks like the Dodge is either newer or has had the current front clip put on it, too. The frowning front didn't start until 2011.
          Carpinions
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Carpinions
          Gotta love Autoblog. Get down voted for making a valid and correct observation.
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