How “The Fast and the Furious” Race Wars was filmed

One of the biggest scenes in “The Fast and The Furious” was Race Wars, a racing tournament in the desert that looked like a cross between Burning Man and the opening of the first episode of “The Grand Tour.” As with all movie scenes, there’s much more to Race Wars than what you see on screen.

Craig Lieberman was technical director of the first three films in the “Fast and Furious” franchise. Three of his own cars were also used in “Fast and Furious” films, including one that became Brian’s Toyota Supra. Lieberman has made a series of YouTube videos with behind the scenes details, and this time he’s discussing Race Wars.

While Race Wars itself was fictitious, it was similar to various tuner events popular at the time, such as Hot Import Nights. A fictional name had to be used for licensing reasons, according to Lieberman,

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