Vin Diesel, aka Dominic Toretto, is usually portrayed driving a Dodge Charger in the Fast and Furious franchise. However, Dom also drove a red Mazda RX-7 in the test scenes of the first Fast and Furious movie. The car has since become one of the most beloved in the franchise. But the classic Mazda sports car featured in the flick has been shrouded in mystery and rumours. At the beginning of 2022, information emerged claiming that the RX-7 sold at Mecum Auctions in Kissimmee, Florida was Dom Toretto’s Fast and Furious Mazda RX-7.
Contrary to claims, Craig Lieberman, who served as a technical advisor for the first two Fast and Furious films, revealed that the car never appeared in the movie. He further noted that it was just one of many cars that Georges Paris modified in an effort to remain relevant in the movie auto industry.
Here are the other 10 things most people don’t know about Dom’s RX-7 from The Fast and the Furious.
10 It was originally built and owned by Keith Emoto
Keith Imoto was the original builder and owner of Dom’s RX-7 – it wasn’t made specifically for the movie. The car was one of several cars in the Fast and the Furious movie rented from its owners. Others included Nissan Maxima and Craig Lieberman Toyota Supra.
The directors and producers selected the RX-7 during an audition in 2000 at Universal Studios in Hollywood. He ended up in the movie after Vin Diesel got behind the wheel of auditions and loved it.
9 Based on the 1993 Model A RX-7
Dom’s RX-7 began life as a Mazda RX-7 in 1993 before Keith Imoto bought it and modified it. This specific vehicle was a third-generation RX-7, also known as the FD. Mazda offered the coupe as a 2+2-seater and in a limited two-seat configuration.
Powering the RX-7 FD was a 1.3-liter turbocharged 13B REW rotary engine producing 252 horsepower from the factory. I liked FD drivers for its finer handling. It remains one of the best-balanced cars in the world, thanks to its front engine design that contributes to a 50:50 front and rear weight distribution and a low center of gravity.
8 Roll cage removed