A single of the most controversial automobiles from the “Rapidly and Furious” franchise is the RB26-powered Ford Mustang from “Tokyo Drift.” If you have ever wondered why the manufacturing staff made a decision to things an iconic Nissan engine in a traditional American muscle automobile, or how it was completed, this video has the solutions. It characteristics Craig Lieberman—technical advisor on the early “Rapidly and Furious” movies—and Sean Morris, the car’s builder.

Utilised in several generations of the Nissan Skyline GT-R, the two.six-liter RB26 inline-six is 1 of the most legendary engines to come out of Japan. The automobile symbolizes principal character (and muscle-automobile lover) Sean Boswell totally embracing Japanese drifting and tuning culture.

Morris is a GT-R professional, and was brought in to advise on the task. He chose a pretty fundamental edition of the RB26 with a single turbocharger (as opposed to the stock GT-R twin-turbo setup), due to clearance concerns in the Mustang’s engine bay. The engine was coupled to an FS530RA five-velocity guide transmission, with a Ford 9.-inch rear finish.

In the film, the engine is sourced from an S15 Nissan Silvia that had been wrecked in an earlier scene. That is led several folks to conclude that the Mustang in fact sported an SR20 inline-four (the engine presented in the S15 from the factory), not the RB26, Morris explained. That is untrue in the context of the story, this is just a situation of a twice-swapped engine.

As with other film automobiles, the “Tokyo Drift” Mustang was in fact a number of automobiles. 6 or 7 Mustangs had been utilised in filming, in accordance to Lieberman, a combine of 1967 and 1968 fastbacks. The rest of the automobiles had V-8s, like the automobiles in fact utilised to movie drifting and other stunts, he explained.

Soon after filming, the automobiles had been dispersed. A single of the V-eight stunt automobiles was presented for sale in 2019 with an asking price tag of $179,900, and at least two other automobiles are imagined to survive.