Fast Five is the 2011 action film directed by Justin Lin. It is the fifth film in The Fast and the Furious film series and the fourth installment in terms of chronology preceding The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006). The film stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster and Dwayne Johnson. Fast Five follows Brian O’Conner (Walker), Dominic Toretto (Diesel) and Mia Toretto (Brewster) as they plan a heist to steal $100 million from corrupt businessman Hernan Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida) while being pursued for arrest by U.S. DSS agent Luke Hobbs (Johnson).
During the development of Fast Five, an effort was made by Universal Studios to move away from the street racing theme prevalent in the previous films. In an attempt to gain a wider audience, the series changed into a heist/action series that utilized the cars instead of focusing on the street racing culture.
This Fast & Furious Dodge Charger is the supercharged monster that killed Dom’s father and sealed Dom’s fate as it became the heavy-metal icon of the series. Truly, it’s the one car in the series with staying power. Despite being totaled twice, after being T-boned by a semitruck in The Fast and the Furious and barreling into an underground tunnel wall in Fast & Furious, it’s the one vehicle that keeps reappearing in the series.
Dodge is unthinkable. Beyond this symbolism in the series, new life has been added to the workhorse. Some of the changes to the Charger include bigger wheels and tires, better suspension, and better steering. For Fast Five, McCarthy had five versions of the vintage Charger built and modified and the Hollywood Star Cars Museum is lucky enough to be in possession of one. This particular car is one of two used while filming the ending of Fast & Furious and the Fast Five opening sequence, as Brian and the cast free the captured Dom from a prison bus.