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Fast & Furious 7: rare car demolition derby

The completion of Fast & Furious 7 was an homage to Paul Walker, the co-lead in the just-released action movie about cars, speed and bravado. Walker died in November 2014 in a single-car crash after only portions of the movie had been filmed.

And while the film pays its respects to the actor, it also continues the enduring series’ emphasis on over-the-top joy rides among 340 cars, some rare, some extraordinarily rare.

A Lykan HyperSport, the most expensive car used in Fast & Furious 7.
A Lykan HyperSport, the most expensive car used in Fast & Furious 7. Only seven have been made.

The vehicles were catapulted off ramps and out of planes and smashed together at every angle imaginable.

The seventh installment of the movie includes a renewed emphasis on real stunts. Only 10 percent of the action sequences are computer generated. Still, 230 of the 240 cars used in the film were damaged.

Dennis McCarthy, who was responsible for modifying the vehicles in the film, equipped each car the same basics: a 500-horsepower fuel injection unit and a three-speed manual transmission. The identical approach simplified the complexity of spare parts required in the movie and also simplified the choreographed scenes.

Here are two of the most rare vehicles in the movie:

The Lykan HyperSport

This Middle Eastern supercar, made by the Beirut-based company W Motors, is the most expensive to feature in a Fast & Furious film. There are only seven models of the car in the world, with each one priced at around $1.5 million. The headlights are illuminated with white gold, diamonds and sapphires.

A brushed-metal 1968 Dodge Charger used in Fast & Furious 7
brushed-metal 1968 Dodge Charger

The HyperSport has a maximum speed of 24o mph, and goes from zero to 60mph in less than three seconds. In the film, we watch the HyperSport jump from one Abu Dhabi skyscraper to another. Six exact models of the car were made for the movie by fabricating them from fiberglass molds.

Maximus Ultra-Charger

Dominic Toretto’s modified brushed-metal 1968 Dodge Charger was purchased for use in Fast & Furious 7 at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas. Made by Scott Spock Racing and Nelson Racing Engines, it has a 2,000-horsepower engine and can reach speeds of 260 mph. It’s valued at more than $1 million.


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