The sixth, but not last, installment of the Fast and Furious 6 franchise kicks off in the United States on May 24th. One of that main characters is played by Paul Walker as Brian O’Connor. Walker is also a BMW aficionado and currently races an E92 M3 in the RedLine Time Attack series. He is joined once again by Vin Diesel (Dominic Torreto) and other famous actors such as Jason Statham and Michelle Rodriguez.
And for the first time in the franchise’s 12-year life a series of BMW cars are featured in the action-packed flick. The movie will showcase the E60 M5 and sixteen of them are said to have been used in the production of the movie with most of them being totaled. But interesting enough is the fact that some of those E60 M5s were actually replicas of the popular super sporty sedan. We have heard of both 530i and 530d models made to look like “real” M5s. Some of the giveaways are the lack of M5-like mirrors and smaller brakes.
According to TopGear, Fast and Furious 6 breaks the record for car carnage. “This new film might break records for car carnage,” says Dennis McCarthy, the man responsible for building the cars you see on screen. Furthermore, he confirms that majority of those M5s were destroyed in the process.
“So we had this one sequence with a whole fleet of BMW M5s,” says Dennis, “I think we had about 12 in total. It’s a great car, the M5. All we did for those driving scenes was to unplug the ABS brakes – which deactivated the traction control – welded the spider gears together, and that was it.” But, really, that wasn’t it. “We pretty much destroyed every single one.” He pauses, then adds, “I think maybe one survived”.
Unofficial sources say that BMW has not been involved with the movie and those cars were not part of a product placement partnership.
Fast and Furious comes to theaters near you on May 24th.