• 1967 The Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift’s Ford Mustang

You have seen it, if you have watched the movie, is the car that, in the last scene, saves the day. This is why Ford built this pony car, to finish the job properly where other’s failed to achieve .

  • 1967 The Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift’s Ford Mustang
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The car featured in the film is, a true american car .. or is it so. We will discuss about this a little later, let’s talk now about this car’s history.

Originally based on the Ford Falcon compact, The Mustang was introduced at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, Mustang Mania instantly swept the country, and a new automotive market segment was created - the 2+2 or better known as the ’pony car. Borrowing minor design cues from the Lincoln Continental and two-seat Ford Thunderbird with an intentional touch of Ferrari at the grille, the Mustang can be regarded as a true master of engineering, earning a number of prestigious auto industry awards and accolades its first year. Including those are Motor Trend Car of the Year, pace car duties for the 1964 Indianapolis 500, and the Tiffany Design Award for "excellence in design," the first automobile so honored.

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The base, yet well-equipped Mustang hardtop with its 105 hp (78 kW), 156 ft•lbf (212 N•m) 170 in³ (2.8 L) inline six-cylinder engine and three-speed manual transmission, a well built motor, but after 3 years the scene changes.

In 1967 Ford’s chief engineers struggle to find a way to fit the newly design car its promise heart. A massive 289 V8 engine, for that they need a larger engine bay and from this came other necessities. Suspensions were beefed up to accommodate the added weight and this meant strengthening the body and frame. As a result the length was increased by 2", the width by 2.7", and the height by 1/2". Not so much as to spoil the familiar Mustang styling but enough to create a gutsier look matching the new performance.

There were 13 engine/transmission combinations, from the familiar 120 hp straight-six to the venerable 271 hp 289 V-8 or the special 390 c.i. V-8 with 320 raving horses under the hood, engine direct from the Thunderbird, which was equipped with a four-barrel carburetor.Transmissions included a 3-speed automatic and a 4-speed manual.

Not unexpectedly the interior was larger, providing greater roominess and a luxurious new instrument panel, an AM/eight-track "Stereosonic" sound system, and one of the first AM/FM monaural radios available in any car.

By its first anniversary, over 418,000 Mustangs had been sold, breaking the all-time record for first year sales of a new nameplate.

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In 2006 Universal studios, the ones who produced the movie, needed specially modified car, to fit their needs for the upcoming film. Particularly they set their eye on the 1967 Ford Mustang, but its V8 engine was not suited for the job, sow they added “some” Japanese tuning parts.

One of these Mustang heart’s was an RB26DETT (RB is the engine code used by Nissan to denote the engine type. 26 means 2.6 litre, D refers to the dual overhead cam setup, E refers to the electronic (multi point) fuel injection, and TT means twin turbo.), taken from a R32 GT-R Skyline.

This engine is used in all high perfomence Japanese car’s. The standard puts out around 280 horsepower, although it is possible, with modification, to get as much as 850-1000hp. The ones that were used in the movie, where tuned to stay around 320-330 horsepower range.

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There are no off-the-shelf kits to make classic Mustangs ready for Skyline power, so a lot of custom fabrication work was done to make this set-up work. The few parts that could be bought include a Sparco intercooler, Be Cool radiator, GReddy exhaust manifold and a custom N1-style Magaflow exhaust. The RB26’s fuel system remains stock, but it gets its gas from a trunk-mounted Fuel Safe fuel cell that sends the go juice to the engine via some Earl’s stainless steel lines.

For those who don’t know, The Skyline GT-R is a 4-wheel drive car, so in order to make things work for the Mustang who has rear-wheel drive, they took a 5-speed manual transmission from a 1998 Skyline GT-S and bolted it to a Currie Enterprises 9-inch Ford rear end. This of course keeps the Mustang’s drive wheels at the rear, which is very important when building a drift car.

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Another one, that was also used in the shooting was an 430-cubic-inch Ford Windsor V8s and four-speed "Toploader" manual transmissions. With at least 375 horsepower on tap, the V8 Tokyo Drift Mustangs could spin their tires with ease - and would, no matter what. The beaten and battered Mustang got to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds and consumed the quarter-mile in 14.7 seconds at 96.7 mph. For a drift car built to bash into other cars while wagging its tail violently, that’s not bad.

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Universal equipped the Ford’s with a Global West suspension pieces and rack and pinion steering in common. And all three had 245/35R19 front and 275/35R19 rear Toyo Proxes T1R tires and Volk Racing Grey GT-7 wheels keeping them off the ground.

We salute the chief enginieers at the Universal pictures for making this piece.

Constantin Cheptea
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  (233) posted on 05.2.2008

haha true that man

  (1022) posted on 05.1.2008

Even male actors usually drive automatics and can’t even use the triptronics. PUS*IES.

  (233) posted on 04.30.2008

yea they could’ve put more power under the hood but like you said too much hp in a tuner can create oversteer and cause the car to spin out pretty easy plus the actors and actresses actually drive these cars some and that could create a problem seeing how those people cant hardly drive anyways lol

  (1022) posted on 04.30.2008

Although I think they should have given the car a bit more power especially since it had the Skyline six but then I don’t think the drivers would have been able to handle it. To much power in a drift car is not a good thing.

  (233) posted on 04.30.2008

well its not that a v-8 cant handle the extra power... its just this v-8 cant

the RB26DETT is a fine tuned performance engine designed to be pushed to the extreme.

this v-8 is just supposed to produce the horsepower just how it is...

as much of a fan of muscle cars as i am it was smart replacing the engine to allow for tuning since a proper v-8 would leave no room in the engine compartment and a inline six can provide plenty of power

  (1022) posted on 04.29.2008

Ouch! That will hurt the die hard muscle car fans but for those complaining, read the review above again. Stonking V8s are not suitable for drifting and just because an engine is a V8 does not mean it an handle the extra Hp. The inline six of a Skyline can actually handle 1200hp.This was actually quite a smart move on the part of the film-makers. Iam gonna have to watch this movie.

  (5990) posted on 03.17.2008

For everyone saying that they ruined the car putting in a Nissian engine... watch the in movie.

  (4) posted on 12.21.2006

i hav a madza rx-7 with a upgraded engine its a turbo charged v8 it sound amzin

  (5990) posted on 12.2.2006

fanno propro skifo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  (5990) posted on 11.30.2006

love what yall did to the car took a piece of ford and put a skyline motor in it body looks good on them but ford makes crap for motors hell yeah! nismo powered

  (5990) posted on 11.29.2006

wat a moran ,my corrvet beats that crap

  (5990) posted on 11.29.2006

man you guys have bad taste my 2007 harey davitson beats tat crap

  (5990) posted on 11.29.2006

what a shame. they destoryed a nice looking mustang. that car would of done just as good with a v8 as it would with the I6.

  (5990) posted on 11.29.2006

dunno why u lot r complaining about the fact it has a nissan strait 6- it fits and will make more power than a huge v8

  (5990) posted on 11.28.2006

stupid people. you guys destroyed an american classic. must be a asian who did all that crap to her.

  (5990) posted on 11.25.2006

its been six months and i still cant get this car out of my head,she will be mine one day-Gaurav Singh

  (5990) posted on 11.16.2006

cool cars, smokin’ horsepower and performances... simply love them... worth to collect..

  (5990) posted on 11.7.2006

i have the same car but not that fast

  (5990) posted on 11.3.2006

shes a beauty.. if love to sit behind the wheel of her and tap the gas.. make her body shake and shudder LOL.

  (5990) posted on 11.2.2006

i love the car

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