Fast Five is the 2011 action film directed by Justin Lin. It is the fifth film in The Fast and the
Furious film series and the fourth installment in terms of chronology preceding The Fast and the
Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006). The film stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster and Dwayne
Johnson. Fast Five follows Brian O'Conner (Walker), Dominic Toretto (Diesel) and Mia Toretto
(Brewster) as they plan a heist to steal $100 million from corrupt businessman Hernan Reyes
(Joaquim de Almeida) while being pursued for arrest by U.S. DSS agent Luke Hobbs (Johnson).
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During the development of Fast Five, an effort
was made by Universal Studios to move away
from the street racing theme prevalent in the
previous films. In an attempt to gain a wider
audience, the series changed into a heist/action
series that utilized the cars instead of focusing
on the street racing culture.
This Fast & Furious Dodge Charger,
the supercharged monster that killed
Dom’s father and sealed Dom’s fate
as it became the heavy-metal icon
of the series. Truly, it’s the one car
in the series with staying power.
Despite being totaled twice (T-boned
by a semitruck in The Fast and the
Furious and barreling into an
underground tunnel wall in Fast &
Furious), it’s the one vehicle that
keeps reappearing in the series.
Dodge is unthinkable. Beyond this symbolism in the series, new life has bee added to the
workhorse. Some of the changes to the Charger—bigger wheels and tires, better suspension, better
steering—a lot of stuff that you’ll never really see on screen. For Fast Five, McCarthy had five
versions of the vintage Charger built and modified…albeit as more of a pared-down road warrior
that is finally showing signs of wear and tear from its life on the run. This particular car is one of
two used while filming the ending of Fast & Furious and the Fast Five opening sequence, as Brian
and the cast free the captured Dom from a prison bus.