A Saleen Mustang had a quick but memorable physical appearance in 2003’s “two Rapidly two Furious,” receiving torn to shreds by a semi truck soon after just a number of minutes of display time. That scene nearly did not occur, in accordance to Craig Lieberman, who served as technical advisor for the initial two “Rapidly and Furious” movies. It was not even in the script.

In the film, the Mustang is destroyed throughout a race in between the undercover-cop heroes and a group of poor guys competing for the identical criminal gig. That component was in the script, but a highway race was deemed as well uninteresting on its very own, so the manufacturing crew made a decision to include some crashes to liven factors up.

Producers had been also hunting for a better selection of vehicles. To contrast the heroes’ Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder and Mitsubishi Evo VII, some muscle vehicles had been thrown in—hence the Mustang. At the time, Saleen was at the height of its acceptance, and Lieberman had a connection with organization founder Steve Saleen, possessing previously worked for him.

The organization supplied a single true S281 Mustang, which Saleen insisted on painting in his signature “Liz Stick Red” (named soon after his wife). 3 a lot more vehicles had been obtained for stunts, such as two V-six vehicles, plus a bare shell, in accordance to Lieberman. An additional auto was designated as the sacrificial lamb, but it was not a true Saleen Mustang. It was a 2002 Mustang GT with an automated transmission, in accordance to Lieberman.

To pull off the stunt, the auto was swung beneath the semi trailer making use of a crane, with out a driver onboard. You can inform this is not the identical auto utilized in other shots since it has various rear wheels, Lieberman mentioned. In the film, the Mustang is crushed below the trailer’s wheels, and the wreck is then hit by a chasing C5 Corvette. That crash was planned, but the Corvette was not supposed to roll above, as it did in the shot, Lieberman mentioned.

The crushed Mustang was offered soon after filming, and was completely restored by its new proprietor, in accordance to Lieberman. The genuine Saleen S281 Mustang was positioned in Las Vegas as of early 2020, and at least two of the other Mustangs utilized for filming are acknowledged to survive. Saleen itself is even now creating vehicles, and not too long ago announced ideas for a tuned 2021 Ford Bronco.