Are These 11 Insane Stunts From the 'Fast & Furious' Movies Actually Realistic?
By John Boone, Reporting by Rosalyn Oshmyansky
Photo: Universal Pictures
Can we talk about Furious 7? No, not about how it honors Paul Walker’s legacy (though we found that touching and moving and felt all the feels). And not it’s insane box office haul and how that came to be (diversity? Who’da thunk it). Let’s talk about why we love the Fast and Furious franchise in the first place: The insane stunts.
Since the latest installment comes with insane stunts aplenty, we decided it was high time someone go through all the films and see whether any of the crazy stunts are at all humanly possible. To do so, we brought in car buff and automotive events expert Todd Hovsepian. Here’s what he told us:
Movie:The Fast & The Furious What Happens: Brian (Walker) and Dom (Vin Diesel) are settling their beef with a street race. They use NOS to out-run a train, after which Dom’s Dodge Charger is clipped by a semi-truck and literally flips over Brian’s car.
So Is It Possible? “Nice wheelie, Vin! Although, realistically this Charger R/T couldn’t have held it that long, even with the amount of horsepower it has on Brian’s Supra. I mean, it’s a HEAVY beast. The flip in the end was awesome as well, but only possible with a convenient little stunt jump before the truck.”
Movie:2 Fast 2 Furious What Happens: During a street race in Miami, Tej (Ludacris) “surprises” the racers by raising a drawbridge. Brian hits his NOS and literally flies his Nissan Skyline over his competitor’s Toyota Supra, clinching the race.
So Is It Possible? “Nitrous oxide is a very simple way to provide big horsepower gains to any gas engine. Essentially, pumping nitro into an engine creates more oxygen during combustion, allowing more fuel to be injected, therefore increasing the amount of power. The way they utilize nitro in small bursts in this scene is definitely realistic. The vehicles actually being drivable AFTER JUMPING OFF A BRIDGE? Not so much.”
Movie:2 Fast 2 Furious What Happens: To catch a drug lord escaping on a yacht, Brian and Roman (Tyrese Gibson) jump a Yenko Camaro from shore and land it perfectly on top of the boat.
So Is It Possible? “This car can fetch anywhere between $150k and $250K at auction…why would you fly it into a yacht?! Nonetheless, I am no stunt expert, but I would find it difficult to jump that vehicle ONTO A MOVING YACHT with such precision.”
Movie: Fast & Furious What Happens: A fuel tanker hijacking in the Domican Republic goes wrong and Dom and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) must out-run a loose rig after it explodes and starts barreling down the road towards them.
So Is It Possible? “This Buick Grand National has a V6 powering it’s wheels and not the throaty V8 you’re actually hearing. The larger points of contention here are (A) the truck driver’s pet iguana is completely random. And (B) there is NO WAY they would make it out alive with a tumbling, burning oil tanker careening down towards them. No way.”
Movie: Fast Five What Happens: Brian and Mia (Jordana Brewster) lead an escape effort to break Dom out of prison by T-boning the bus he’s being transported in against Brian’s car, causing the bus to spiral out of control.
So Is It Possible? “This scene is worth is for the game of chicken between a prison bus and Mia’s 2003 Honda NSX alone! However, I’m pretty positive Brian’s 1970 Dodge Charger 440 R/T would have been obliterated if a bus full-on rear-ended it. But since it was just a little flip-nudge, of course it makes sense...”
Movie: Fast Five What Happens: Dom drives a Chevrolet Corvette off a speeding train while being shot at, then manages to steer the car close enough to the train for Brian to jump off, all before it hits a bridge and explodes.
So Is It Possible? “I love how this GORGEOUS 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport just drives off undamaged after Dom barrels it out of a moving train! Brian also seems to channel his Spider-Man senses and lands on that Vette perfectly. Completely doable.”
Movie: Fast Five What Happens: Brian and Dom steal a safe full of money from a police station using two Dodge Chargers, then proceed to tow the vault through the city of Rio de Janiero, basically just effing stuff up.
So Is It Possible? “Dodge gives a flat out ‘Towing Not Recommended’ for an SRT8 Charger, but other trim levels have a tow rating of 1,000lbs. I’m going to assume the safe weighs well over 1,000lbs and that the Charger is heavily modified! That being said, they rigged a SICK support cage for the rear-end, and although I don’t think Dom would get as far as he did in the scene, it would certainly be a spectacle to watch in person.”
Movie: Fast & Furious 6 What Happens: Brian, Mia, and the crew chase a plane on a runway and tether their cars to the plane to prevent it from taking off. As the plane crashes to the ground, Dom, who was trapped onboard, drives his car through the nose of the fiery plane and escapes.
So Is It Possible? “This is a Russian Antonov MILITARY PLANE. It was built to lift a max weight of 550,000lbs. OBVIOUSLY the superpowers of a Dodge Charger SRT8, Alfa Romeo Giulietta, and Land Rover Defender can take down that plane! Even if that were true, Dom walks out of that hot mess of a plane crash gloriously.”
Movie: Furious 7 What Happens: Brian, Dom, Letty, Tej, and Roman parachute their cars off of a plane and land them, safely in one piece, on the side of a remote mountaintop.
So Is It Possible? “This has to be one of the best stunts in the franchise and the awesome thing to note here: for the most part, it’s completely doable. These are heavy-duty military parachutes used to drop enormous supply crates; they can certainly withstand the weight of a car. Maybe auto dealers can take this stork-like delivery approach from now on, just to make things more fun. Thoughts?”
Movie: Furious 7 What Happens: Brian is trapped on a bus careening off a cliff. He’s able to get himself out of the front of the bus, run up the length of the bus, and jump off right as Letty spins at the cliff edge and catches him with her spoiler.
So Is It Possible? “Brian was clearly working on his long jump before filming this scene, and it WORKED! It’s completely possible to whip the rear-end of that Dodge Challenger to the edge of the cliff and have Brain grab onto the support rack. Everything needs to come together perfectly. But that’s no biggie, right?”
Movie: Furious 7 What Happens: Dom and Brian drive a Lykan “Super Car” capable of going 200-plus miles per hour out of a skyscraper, get hit with a rocket launcher, and fly into another skyscraper (and then the breaks go out, and they “drive” into yet another sky scraper).
So Is It Possible? “Talk about a car with an impressive mug. The W Motors Lykan Hypersport headlights are made of white gold, diamonds, and blue sapphire. It’s $3.4 MILLION and has a top speed of 240mph! Just to put that into perspective, a 747 jet-liner lifts off the runway anywhere between 180 and 220mph. Granted, the Lykan doesn’t have wings, but it’s a beast and if there is any car that can accomplish the impossible, it’s this one. Oh, and there are only seven of them in the world. SEVEN!”
Now, hear Vin’s emotional message to Paul Walker’s fans at the premiere: