Dennis McCarthy has a pretty cool job. He’s been the picture-car coordinator for the Fast and Furious franchise since Tokyo Drift, which means he’s the man behind all those badass tweaked-out rides you’ve ogled over the years. And now that Furious 7 is rampaging through box offices nationwide, McCarthy got a chance to discuss some of the cars he’s had the pleasure of producing, including his new all-time favorite, the hyper-custom off-road Charger you see bashing its way through the film. Hit play and you’ll find copious close-ups detailing the cars, not to mention a few spots of rubber-burning sprinkled throughout.

“I have a history of off-road racing and for me to be able to combine that experience and what I have a passion for into Dom’s hero vehicle was just a dream come true,” McCarthy said in an interview with theAFICIONAUTO. “That thing is basically a Pro-2 chassis with a Dodge Charger body on top. I tried to make it look like something Dom would be proud to drive.”

For McCarthy, realism is of utmost importance. “My belief is that if you go to a movie and everything’s CG, it just takes away from the final product. People wanna see cars crashing, running into things, sliding through corners… that’s what I think makes this franchise a step above all the others.”

What can we expect from McCarthy in the future? “It is on my list to build a Hemi supercharged Charger for one of these movies.” McCarthy and his crew put one together for F7, but ended up sacrificing it to Hollywood for one of the scenes. Still, he isn’t discouraged: “We need to build that nine-second Charger.”

1968 - 1978 Dodge Charger RT History

1968 - 1978 Dodge Charger RT History
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As one of the all-time iconic American muscle cars, the Dodge Charger has played both hero and villain in movies and TV shows since the 60s. Notable performances include roles in Speedway (1968), Bullitt (1968), The Rockford Files (1974), Cannonball (1976), The Dukes of Hazzard (1979), The A-Team (1983), Blade (1998), The Venture Brothers (2003), and many, many others.

First introduced in 1966, this ironclad street fighter had a fastback design that was less than charming at first, prompting an aesthetic redesign for later generations. However, the most attractive feature was an available 426-cubic-inch V-8 that laid down a tire-shredding 425 horsepower 490 pound-feet of torque.

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