Fast 6: Dodge Charger Daytona

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One of the most memorable cars of the Fast and the Furious Series is the 1969-1971 Dodge Daytona Charger.  To many classic car enthusiasts the Charger appears to be ugly and awkward looking. They were known to be hard to sell and they were not the easiest to find.  But beyond its awkward features, it was build to be ready for the race track.

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In its first race in the 1969 Nascar Grand National series, the Charger has won the inaugural Talledega 500.  Many had boycotted this race due to the hazardous roadway and ease to drive at unsafe high speeds . The Charger has clocked in a whopping 200 MPH in the following year.  This ride could for sure fly in its heyday, which made it a perfect ride for the Fast 6 movie.

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The character of Dominic Torreto played by Vin Diesel undoubtedly belongs in an American muscle car.  One would only expect the best for his ride.  Torreto’s Daytona is actually a fiberglass replica of the original. If they had actually used real Dodge Daytona’s for the stunts, they would have cost them more than six figures for each car.  These would have been too costly, which is why there were 7 replicas made.

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I personally think that Toretto would not care if the car was original or not as long as it drove as fast as it looked. Many do not know that the car was actually modified from the original Daytona appearance. Dennis McCarthy, was responsible for the fabrications of this vehicle used on the set of Fast 6 and had built the modified Daytona in his local California shop.  The headlights do not pop up and instead are fixed headlights. The rear actually has led taillights instead of the original equipment.  Both the wing and the nose is actually around 12 inches shorter. Personally, I enjoy the changes that they did to the vehicle compared to the factory model.

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I think the most interesting part of this car is that the engine is not powered by a Mopar at all.  Instead it is powered by a Chevy LS3 6.2L Engine.  I am sure many Daytona Charger enthusiasts were not happy to find a Chevy motor in the Dodge.  McCarthy used this engine in all the of the replicas including the Jensen Intercepter.

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Here is a video of the awesome race with Dom and Letty:

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If you didn’t get a chance to see Fast 6 in theaters, I would definitely suggest for you to see this movie when it comes out on DVD. I probably would say it was my top pick for best movie in the Fast and the Furious series. The Fast and Furious franchise has changed from the once street racing scene to a car-heist type movie. I think its good that they had went in that direction. It shows that the franchise can be something more than showing flashy cars and hot girls.  I think this movie brings action, suspense, and a little mix of humor (which you would not expect).  I think the important part is to have a great story line, and I can’t say it was an amazing one, but it kept me excited and entertained throughout the movie. When you get a chance, take a look at Fast 6 and check out Toretto’s ride in action. Until next time, happy reading!

 

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