In The Fast and the Furious, the producers concentrated on the latest craze, import “tuner” cars.
In 2 Fast 2 Furious, the focus has been shifted to all cars fast and beautiful—with the script revolving around the Miami street and racing scene in general, a larger sampling of customized automobiles, from homegrown to imports and exotics, are presented onscreen.
In the “automobile ensemble,” around 150 vehicles would receive screen time, but around 15 cars were allotted special “leading” roles. These included: the Nissan Skyline GTR, Mitsubishi EVO 7, 1970 Hemi Dodge Challenger, 1969 Yenko Camaro, 1998 BMW M3, 2003 Dodge Viper, Chevy Corvette, 1994 Toyata Supra, 1994 Mazda RX7, 2001 Honda S2000 and 1993 Acura NSX.
The look of these automobiles were mostly dictated by the film’s production designer, Keith Brian Burns, who had a majority of the cars repainted using “House of Kolor” Kandy colors. Because the cars were featured so prominently, each one had to feature high quality elements and craftsmanship, beginning with the body and continuing inside to the interior—everything from tire rims to stereo speakers. (Once chosen, most of the cars were painted in an almost unimaginably short time—shrinking the four-to-six week timeline usually called for to beautifully customize the exterior down to an incredible four-day turnaround.)
The production also utilized the skills of 40 full-time mechanics, body men and auto specialists who built and maintained the fleet of cars. In some cases, those pristine autos gracing the big screen were actually rescued from junkyards, rebuilt and painted in as little as one week.
In addition, some of the actors contributed their personal preferences and expertise to the look and operation of their car co-stars.
Tyrese Gibson saw to it that the Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder he drives had such options as a specific set of wheels and some interior enhancements. While Paul Walker owns a Nissan Skyline like the one he pilots, the actor ordered an additional, option-loaded Skyline from Tommy Kaira, a top tuner in Japan.
Release Date: 20th June
Running Time: 100 mins