One last ride: Meet the prop cars from the upcoming Furious 7 film

You might be surprised to know that Furious 7, the upcoming ‘conclusion’ to the Fast & Furious series, still uses real prop cars to some degree.

The reliance on CGI to accomplish impossible stunts has become increasingly prevalent throughout the Fast dynasty, and previous films have been pretty transparent about prioritizing entertainment value over realism.

This philosophy became very apparent in Fast & Furious 6, when Vin Diesel’s character launches himself from the hood of a speeding car to catch Michelle Rodriguez mid air, who had just been launched off of a crashing tank herself.

Of course, the brawny street racer grasps her mid flight, only to safely land on a windshield on the other side of the freeway.

The new movie looks to take the insanity to new levels (catch the trailer here), but countless hours of hard work goes into building and maintaining all the cars showcased on screen.

A new video by DIY modification channel Mighty Car Mods profiles the man responsible, Fast 7 car coordinator Dennis McCarthy. In the segment, we’re taken inside the master’s studio to get a close look at the vehicles from the action flick, including an Aston Martin DB9, a vintage Plymouth Barracuda, and the iconic R34 Skyline from 2 Fast 2 Furious.

One interesting note is that McCarthy uses a standardized, 500-horsepower drivetrain on most of the film’s domestics. The LS3 crate motor produces plenty of power, he says, but it also makes repair, part swapping, and on-set customization a snap.

McCarthy says he and his team can take rusted body shell to a Hollywood-quality stunt vehicle in less than two weeks.

The rest of the video features interviews with fans, the director, and some of the cast, but true gearheads will probably skip straight to McCarthy’s segment, which starts at 11:35.

Fast 7 comes out April 3rd, 2015.

(Video by Mighty Car Mods)


Lyft has a new fixed-price subscription plan for frequent passengers

Lyft wants you to save money by using rideshare services instead of owning a car. The new Lyft All-Access Plan monthly rideshare trip subscription includes 30 rides a month with a small discount for additional trips.

Bored with stock? The best tuner cars are begging to be modified

Modification has been around almost as long as the automobile itself. Here are 25 of the best tuner cars you can find, ranging from American muscle standouts to Japanese drift cars.
Home Theater

What’s new on Hulu and what’s leaving in November 2018

Our complete list of what's new on Hulu for November 2018, our personal favorites, and which titles will be removed will help you catch up on all the site has to offer -- and ensure you don't miss any titles heading into the streaming…

Hold on to your butts: These are the fastest cars in the world

Think your car is unbelievably fast? Think again. From wind-cheating bodywork to powerful engines, these cars were designed for the singular pursuit of speed (and it shows).

At 503 mph, Turbinator II is the world’s fastest wheel-driven vehicle

The Turbinator II is a four-wheel drive streamliner powered by a 5,000-horsepower helicopter engine, and it just achieved 503.332 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats. That's an unofficial record for a wheel-driven car.

Could the next Mazda3 boast a fuel-saving breakthrough in engine tech?

Mazda released a teaser video that likely previews the next Mazda3. Expected to make its global debut at the L.A. auto show, the next 3 will wear a more curvaceous design and offer one of the most advanced engines in the automotive…
Product Review

Audi's new A8 is so sophisticated and serene, it practically deletes potholes

The 2019 Audi A8’s outline looks promising: Level 3 autonomous driving capability, haptic-feedback infotainment screens, rear-wheel steering, Matrix LED headlights and OLED taillights, plus a predictive suspension.

Workhorse takes on diesel with lighter, cheaper NGEN-1000 electric delivery van

Ohio-based Workhorse Group claims its new NGEN-1000 electric delivery van costs the same as a conventional diesel van and can haul a similar amount of cargo. A lower curb weight makes this possible.

Forget transponders with Peasy’s nationwide pay-as-you-go toll service

Verra Mobility launched Peasy, a consumer highway and bridge toll payment service. Designed to be less hassle than managing traditional transponder or toll tag accounts, Peasy pays tolls as they are levied across most of the U.S.

Just 10 people will get to put this limited-edition Audi R8 in their garages

The 2018 Audi R8 V10 Plus Competition makes use of Audi's motor sports experience to turn up the performance dial. Decreased weight and increased aerodynamic downforce make this R8 a track monster.

Porsche’s all-electric Taycan sedan will cost less than a Panamera

Porsche's Mission E concept won't change much as it transitions to a production model named Taycan that's scheduled to arrive in 2019. That means the sedan will keep the sleek design and its 800-volt charging system.

Tesla keeps promise with more affordable Model 3 with midrange battery pack

Tesla is keeping its promise of making the Model 3 gradually more affordable. The company released a new variant of the car with a mid-range, 260-mile battery option that's priced under the $50,000 mark.

The snake escapes: Ford’s 700-hp Mustang GT500 slithers online ahead of schedule

The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will return in 2019 with over 700 horsepower, Ford confirmed at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. The GT500 will be the most powerful Ford production car ever.

Volvo plans to face the future without sacrificing its identity

Volvo is embarking on an ambitious push to fill its lineup with electric and hybrid cars, as well as an infotainment partnership with Google. Volvo Americas CEO Anders Gustafsson explains how the Swedish automaker plans to pull that off.