3 Cars from ‘Furious 7’ on Display at Universal Studios Orlando
The Fast and Furious franchise exhibits fantastic cars in Florida
Theme parks aren’t just for kids–and Universal Studios Orlando would be the first to tell you that. Adults need thrills too, and that’s what the Fast and Furious franchise is all about.
As the film series has become a gold mine for the company, it’s not a surprise that Universal is promoting the release of the seventh installment at its Florida theme park.
Visitors to Universal Studios during the past couple weeks leading up to the release of the highly-anticipated Furious 7 have gotten to see three exciting vehicles actually used in the new movie.
No, you didn’t get to ride them or touch them, but if you were able to drag your family away from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter for just a couple minutes, the “big kid” inside of you could enjoy standing in the presence of these beasts–especially since there isn’t a waiting line to see them.
Here are the specs of the three Furious 7 vehicles on display at Universal Studios Orlando in case you missed out.
Toretto’s 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner
The Fast and Furious film series does a great job honoring the legacy of the muscle cars of yesteryear, and Dominic Toretto’s (Vin Diesel) 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner is no exception. While this vehicle on display might not demand attention from the average passerby at Universal Studios, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.
This modified copper-colored Roadrunner possesses a GM 6.2 LS3 modified to easily achieve 500 horsepower. Its juice is circulated with a jaz 8 gallon fuel cell with MSD fuel pump. The Kilgore Turbo 400 transmission is also formidable, as is the three-speed manual valve body and 4.56 rear end. Wilwood brakes sit on all four corners and custom rear 12-inch dual calipers do the trick. For suspension, the sub-frame is by Reilly Motorsports and rear suspension by Street Lynx.
With a Sweeny FX roll cage, Sparco steering wheel, MagnaFlow Exhaust, and Centerline wheels (Nitrous 18-by-11 in rear and 18-by-9.5 in front), this Roadrunner is ready to tear up the silver screen.
Letty’s 1973 Cuda
Forget stereotypes. Like Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), her car is as gorgeous as it is strong.
Similar to the Roadrunner, this matte black 1973 Plymouth Barracuda also runs on a 500 horsepower GM 6.2 LS3. Apart from its American Racing Salt Flats wheels, Dodge front disc brakes, and custom calipers, not much is different from Toretto’s Roadrunner.
The suspension system is top-of-the-line, with a sub frame by Reilly Motorsports, RMS Lynx rear suspension work, and Viking coilovers. Its inner parts were obtained from Classic Industries. The AAR Cuda hood with custom paint and rear spoiler is probably the most noticeable trait of the powerful, capable muscle car.
Shaw’s Fast Attack
The villainous Shaw’s (Jason Statham) “Fast Attack” is a glorious hodgepodge of top-of-the-line parts and pieces. Easily the highlight of the three (proudly displayed higher than the other two vehicles flanking it), this beast could take on any challenger.
It too runs on a 500 horsepower GM 6.2 LS3 with Turbo 400 transmission by Kilgore with a 5.38 final gear ratio and Wilwood disc brakes. What really sets it apart are its in-house custom chassis, King coilover shocks, Sweeny FX roll cage around interior panels, and fiberglass body paint. Its monstrous wheels are 16-by-8 front and 16-by-10 rear, filled by General Grabber tires.
Check out all three of these vehicles in action in Universal Pictures’ Furious 7, opening nationwide April 3rd.
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