Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift - Skyline-Powered 1967 Ford Mustang

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift - Skyline-Powered 1967 Ford Mustang
So it’s no secret the “Fast and the Furious” line of movies have been a thorn in the side of domestic muscle car owners, in fact the flock of rice (modded imports) taking over the streets of cities nationwide was sparked by this series. It’s also no secret we’ve made fun of those cars too (insert fart-can comment, riceburner, boeing 747 inspired race wing that actually hurts their traction rather than help, etc.).


Apparently the ‘hero’ of this latest F&F film is a ‘67 Mustang fastback that eventually sports a Nissan RB26DETT, a twin-turbo 2.6-liter DOHC 24-valve straight-six from the ’holy grail’ of imports… a mid-’90s Nissan Skyline GT-R. This thing laid down 340 rear wheel horsepower at 7,300 rpm, enough to move it to a respectable 13.32 @ 109.83 mph in the quarter-mile. Yikes!


Domestic guys are pissed because this very clean and very classic ‘Stang has been outfitted with a treasure trove of Japanese tuning parts. We’re not just talking about a GReddy sticker here or an ARC intercooler there, we’re talking about the fact that the people at Universal (the movie company behind the film) yanked out the pony car’s beloved American powerplant and shoehorned a Japanese engine under the hood.


Import guys are pissed because the Japanese engine in question is the RB26DETT, also known as the engine found in the holy grail of all Japanese performance cars, the Nissan Skyline GT-R. Import guys feel that this engine is the pinnacle of uber high-tech Japanese engineering, and to throw it in a 40-year-old ill-handling relic is nothing short of sacrilege.

21 comments:

  1. This is actually from the 3rd movie, not the 4th movie. Nothing quiet so sacrilegious in the 4th one.

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  2. Whats sacreligious is puting a nissan engine in a classic american muscle car. Besides which, the cars actually used in the film were almost all fitted with AMERICAN V8s. google it.

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  3. I dont care who you are that car is sweet and they couldnt have picked a better one for the movie but it is a little disappointing they didnt have the matching #s engine in it. - how much do you think a car like that is worth? - 180k?

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  4. Why you people bitchin'? RB26DETT powered '67 Mustang FTMTW

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  5. q aguante el NISSAN SKYLINE GT-R

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  6. Would it really be possible to drift that Mustang with its original engine? I've heard that good torque is essential to drifting, so would a Nissan engine in it pose much of a difference?

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  7. Well of course if you put the engine from Nissan will be much better, but the original will also be possible to drift.

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  8. Dude This car is Bad Ass! There"s no law saying you can't make your car better! plus he kicked the drift king's ass, in the car that is, mostly, an American Classic.

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  9. So everyone knows I saw one of the 67's go in the Auburn Auto Auction, and my friend at the time bought it for a little of 10k. There was more than one made, and the one he bought was the car most of the drifting was done by for the movie. IT HAD A FORD RACING V8 in it!

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  10. Somehow they pull a SR20DET out of an S15, and when they put it in this mustang it suddenly becomes an RB26DETT?

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  11. 340 from a single turbo??? thats not really a lot....

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  12. i could not imagine they only made 340hp with a single, more like 500-700...

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  13. best car ever

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  14. eat a dick stupid americans, have a sook its a movie, mustangs are shit anyway

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  15. Ehh, I didn't like the idea either. Putting a Nissan motor in a 67 Mustang.

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  16. Dose no one realize that most parts that go into American cars are made in China or Japan. And then to top it off most are then assembled in Mexico. So say it’s an American car all you want, but how wrong you are. I know not all American cars are but the majorityare. I bet if you go out to your so called American car you will find at least one part that is made elsewhere.

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  18. NISSAN ES NISSAN Y EL RB26 ES MUCHO PARA EL MUSTANG

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  19. i say give them credit its always cool to see something new and if your to big of a pussy to try it shame on you. weve been putting american motors in thier cars forever i say its about time we switch it up

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