Meet the 1968 Dodge Daytona, Star of Fast and Furious 6

fast-and-furious-6-daytona-brown-wIt’s an exciting week for car lovers. The new Fast & Furious movie is finally out and is packed to the brim with outrageous stunts featuring the most powerful cars on the market. The films have always been about showing off which cool and exotic muscle cars they were able to find and crash onscreen, but one in the new film really stood out against the whole of the franchise. That would be Vin Diesel’s 1968 Dodge Daytona.

The lucky writers at Popular Hot Rodding got a call from the Fast and Furious team for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to check out the Daytona and the other muscle cars assembled for the action flick.  Like any one would in their situation, they screamed in joy at this opportunity. They certainly didn’t come back disappointed.

The entire article is a fascinating read into the work that is done on a car before it gets in front of a camera. It’s not as simple as picking it up off the lot and driving it out for the stunt drivers to film with. Dennis McCarthy is the owner of Vehicle Effects and gets all the shiny cars for the movie crew to work with. He detailed the work that went into getting the Daytona, and a lot of Dodge Chargers, ready for its close-up.

From giving it a pretty and movie-quality exterior to a ton of work on the engines to make sure that the cars could be pushed to their limits for some of the stunts. Thanks to the custom engines they inserted, all the cars were able to endure six months of heavy stunt-work and not once did they suffer engine failure.

Read the whole thing for a complete break-down of all the work and to see a ton of photos of the star Dodge Daytona. It’s amazing to see the magic that Hollywood can work on their cars without having to resort to creating complete CGI scenes.

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Fast & Furious 6 Showcase the Best Dodge & SRT Have to Offer

fast-and-furious-6-screenshot-vin-diesel-drives-dodge-charger-daytona-54662-7-640x373The Fast and Furious films are pretty much my biggest guilty pleasure when it comes to major blockbuster films. It’s hard not to love a group of people getting together and trying to figure out new ways to get the sexiest and most powerful cars to perform the most outrageous stunts. The poster may show Vin Diesel, The Rock, or Paul Walker on it, but the cars have been and always will be the stars of the franchise.

In the new upcoming sequel Fast & Furious 6, the filmmakers turned to the ones they loved. The team at Dodge and SRT had no problem providing the best cars to work with.

Taking center stage will be the 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8, the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8, and a vintage 1969 Dodge Daytona.

Previously one of the most spectacular action sequences came at the end of Fast & Furious 5 with 2 Dodge Chargers dragging a massive bank vault through the streets of Rio. How do you top something so impressively awesome? Well, judging from the trailers, it seems bringing down a plane and racing from a tank is a good place to start.

How does Dodge and SRT feel about their cars being used in such reckless fashion? Seems they’re huge fans of it actually. Ralph Gilles, CEO of SRT Brand, enjoys handing over his top-of-the-line cars to the crew behind the films to see how many actually make it back to him.

Dodge is really stepping up to help advertise the film though. They’ve already released a “How To” video concerning how to make the Dart a Fast and Furious car.

Also, any fan that purchases their ticket in advance for a showing of Fast & Furious 6 will be entered into a contest to win a Dodge Charger SRT8 from the movie. I feel whoever wins should have to sign away all liability that may occur after watching the films. Dodge is not responsible for any injuries that occur while ramping a car off a train.

For the rest of us, getting a vehicle in such condition to race a tank requires hardwork and dedication. It doesn’t hurt to have a place to find quality parts and upgrades. That’s where Bayside Chrysler Jeep Dodge comes in. We operate in the Queens area with top quality staff and tech to help you with your car problems. If you’re having issues with your car, contact our service department and we’re schedule a time to help get you back on the road asap. Follow us on Facebook and on Twitter for more news and monthly part specials.