“The Fast and the Furious” may have been built around tuner cars, but a muscle car stole the show in the 2001 hit movie’s final minutes. The Dodge Charger became one of the most iconic cars in the franchise, with Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto driving some form of Charger in almost every subsequent movie. Craig Lieberman, technical advisor for “The Fast and the Furious” has the full story on that original Charger.
Four or five cars were used in filming, according to Lieberman. Most were 1970 models, but at least one car was a 1969 Charger, he said. As is often the case in movies, different cars are modified for specific stunts or shots.
The massive supercharged engine seen when Toretto first reveals the Charger was borrowed from a Midwest engine builder and only used for one closeup shot, according to Lieberman. The alcohol-injected engine was based on a