5 Ways Fast and Furious changed the Car Industry ( A Tribute to Fast Five)
As you know, this site talks about the JDM life. We talk about car, music, fashion, lifestyle, everything surrounding JDM culture and the Shaddowryderz Lifestyle. A lot of times when I talk to people when I try to describe the kind of cars that I like; I always tell them Fast and Furious type cars. I don’t slabs, I don’t like the cars the big donks and the 32 inch rims, I don’t even like classic cars as much as I like JDM cars. I like a JDM styled car. Before Fast and Furious it was really hard to get people in the States to understand what a JDM is, but now all you have to do is tell them “hey look, you know the cars in Fast and Furious that Paul Walker drives? That’s the kind of car that I like”. It’s a certain kind of customization, a certain style. That’s number 1 of the 5 ways Fast and Furious changed the Car Industry.
Now, I was in Japan from about 2003 to 2006 back in the day when I was in the military, and in Japan they have their style of tuning cars. You got the Hondas, you got the Toyotas, Mazdas, and a lot of cars you never even see in the States. A lot of times you will see those same cars, the same model, years later in the States. They have whole aftermarket culture of tuning cars and that’s where the JDM comes from, i.e. Japanese domestic market. My point is that there is a certain style of customization. A certain way you get tires and wheels aligned on a car. There’s a certain way you lower it. You gotta have the proper Fitment, and you gotta have a lower center of gravity. I have to drop your car down low, or what a lot of guys call slammed. If you get a certain type of coilover or a certain type of racing spring it brings the car down to a certain level and that’s a great example of JDM style customization. I think Fast and Furious really brought that style of customization to the mainstream, especially in America.
Also around the world because you had the first Fast and Furious movie came out in 2001, 2002ish and they had the Toyota Supra; that was the last car that Brian had in the movie. It was tuned! It had the NOS, the loud paint, the wheels, the wing on the back, the interior, all that! It became so popular to customize your car in a JDM style that you started seeing car companies like Ford, and Mini Cooper ( Japan was doing already by the way with things like NISMO which made appearances at SEMA all the time) come up with sport packages on their vehicles with custom radios, carbon fiber dash accents, etc. all because of the influence of Fast and Furious. That brings me to my 2nd point.
2 Big Horsepower in Small Packages
The 2nd way Fast and Furious changed the car industry is Big horsepower in small packages. You get like the 4 cylinder engine with force induced injection turbo system; They are coming standard now on cars. Before you hand to install that turbo system yourself. You had to modify the car to have the extra horsepower in it, and now you can Honda civics coming standard with turbos in them. In the past, that wasn’t mainstream. You couldn’t sell that before Fast and Furious came out and started making it popular. Today you’re seeing the WRXs, Subarus, the Mitsubishi EVOs coming standard with modified turbo systems with bigger horsepower. Even the new AE86 aka the FR-S (hachi-roko as I like to call it); those come standard with the increased horsepower package in the engine. And it’s a small engine! Here you have this small compact car with this big amount of horsepower that can compete with American Muscles cars like the Mustang with no problem. Before Fast and Furious they could never sell that point. Another thing; which is point #3 of 5 ways Fast and Furious changed the car industry is a broader paint palate.
3 Broader Paint Palate
A lot of car companies like Ford will now come with a lime-green, or a canary yellow. You see the S2000s, the Toyotas and all the other car companies coming out with a lot of wild colors that come standard. Even hi-end companies like BMW now have really weird, loud, flamboyant colors on their cars that come standard. You can buy the car off the lot with some weird, cool, bright color. That too was influenced by the movie Fast and Furious because you got Fast and Furious part 2 where Tyerese had that purple Mitsubishi Eclipse with the top down and these really loud colors and graphics on it. You had the female character ( I forgot her name ), she had this pink S2k with this LOUD pink color, and then you had this other guy with a bright red car. Then when they came out with those cars in the movie, everybody wanted to paint their car like that. Everybody was influenced to have these loud colors and now you see them in the magazines like Super Street Magazine or Import Tuner Magazine. You look inside and they have all these crazy wild color paint jobs on these cars with the graphics on them. All of it was really made popular by movies like Fast and Furious. I think Fast and Furious is THE movie that everybody watches to see what’s cool and it really became mainstream in America and now all around the world. It made events like Hot Import Nights more profitable in places like Dallas ( where I’m currently at) and others. You are seeing so many more JDM Events, car clubs, car conventions and car shows out here now because the influence of Fast and Furious. You will find some of the craziest paint jobs you can imagine, and it’s cool now! Alright number 4:
4 Interior Tech
Number #4 in the 5 ways Fast and Furious changed the car industry is Interior Tech. Remember Fast and Furious 3 ( Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift) ? That’s my favorite of the Fast and Furious movie series. Remember the scene where Twinky ( the guy played by Bow Wow) had that mini van type ride ( I think it was a Scion or Nissan Cube) and it had this crazy green color with Incredible Hulk graphics on it. He opened up the truck and you could see that he had all these speakers in the back all along the wall and the floor. Speakers everywhere! The character played by Ludacris had the bumping system also. Not only that. You had the customization of all the gauges, you had computers inside of the car so they could tweak the oil pressure, and the ability to use NOS. Turning on the Turbos just right and having everything inside customized and tweaked to their specifications. Once again Fast and Furious started doing it, the after market community started doing it. They started coming out with all these upgrade packages so you could have things like dials on your dashboard, and cool readouts, and all these different types of interior tech customizations. The lights on the inside, the LED lights along the trim of the car, and under the wheels and the grill. Fast and Furious really made all of that popular as well. Then after market companies made it accessible to the mainstream public.
5 Vin Diesel Wannabes
Number 5 and the final way Fast and Furious changed the car industry is Vin Diesel Wannabes. I gotta say I’m kind of a Vin Diesel wannabe myself. He really made it seem like his character Dom in the movie; really made it seem like it was cool to be a guy who turned wrenches. He didn’t have much growing up, he wasn’t a big baller; he was just a regular guy who had a passion for his cars. I think that really connects with a lot of guys out there. A lot of men out there know that you should take pride in what you have. Dom made it ok to do that. He was like, ‘I know this is not a Lamborghini, or a Maserati, it’s a Toyota or a Honda but I still can tune this thing’. It made guys believe that I can tune this thing and believe in themselves. Vin Diesel’s character really embodied all of that spirit. He was a leader, he was a family guy, he had family values, he had a lot of good qualities. I know he was a bad guy background but he had a good heart, and I think that resonates with a lot of guys out there. Having a car that matches your personality is also the icing on the cake. Dom really carried that well, and so many guys want to be like that.
I hope you enjoyed this Fast and Furious tribute. I had a great time putting this one together. Make sure you stay tuned for the next one. Make sure you check us out at www.shaddowryderz.com for more!
To find out more about the Fast and Furious movie franchise, visit: http://www.fastfivemovie.com/