The story behind the Veilside RX-7 in “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift”

The story behind the Veilside RX-7 in “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift”

There are so many cars that stand out in the “Fast and Furious” franchise, but Han’s Mazda RX-7 from “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” was particularly coveted because of its wide-body kit.

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The majority of the cars in the franchise were show cars which immediately went into full onscreen duty. The same holds true for the RX-7 which was built by Veilside as a show car to show off its Fortune wide-body kit. It then went off to a Tokyo Auto Salon and was then purchased from Veilside for use in “Tokyo Drift.”

Originally red, the RX-7 was repainted House of Color Sunset Pearl orange for filming. All the body kit Veilside designed was kept, as were the modifications to the 13B rotary engine, including an HKS turbocharger and Veilside’s own titanium exhaust system. The car also had an upgraded audio system, with two 12-inch Alpine Type R subwoofers. There was a nitrous bottle onboard too, but it is not known if it was connected or not.

In addition to the original car, the production team built a further nine RX-7s for various stunts and shots. These, however, were traditional movie cars, which mean that they didn’t get the full complement of complex modifications. This meant that the stunt cars had some difficulty in breaking their rear tires loose, a slight problem when you need them to do all that drifting.

On screen, The RX-7 got a little more exposure than the RX-7s from “The Fast and the Furious” and “2 Fast 2 Furious,” but was ultimately destroyed in a crash. There were only two cars left once filming was completed. These cars were sent back to Japan because they were right-hand drive Japanese-market cars. They were sold to JDM car broker New Era Imports.

RX-7 enthusiasts can build a replica of the “Tokyo Drift” RX-7 with the Veilside Fortune wide-body kit, but it comes with a hefty price tag of $16,770.

 

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