A funny thing happened when the very first Fast & Furious movie was released – people immediately became obsessed with the over-the-top, non-stop, custom car action it provided. The next thing we knew, there was a sequel, followed by another sequel. And now, there are nine of them, one spinoff, and at least a couple more planned for the near future. People, it turns out, are quite obsessed with the Fast & Furious franchise.
Perhaps no one is more smitten by the F&F bug than Jorge Acosta, who immediately fell in love with the Mitsubishi Eclipse from the first film. So he went ahead and built a replica of it three years ago. Little did he know at the time that this simple act would lead to what would eventually become the world’s largest collection of Fast & Furious replica and hero cars.
Today, Acosta has a grand total of 24 cars finished, but that number shoots up to 35 if we include his ongoing projects. He never really knew that there was an entire network of F&F replica car builders like him out there in the world, but soon stumbled upon them and it quickly became an obsession. It doesn’t hurt that the late Paul Walker is Acosta’s hero, either.
The cars themselves came from all over the world, everywhere from Japan to Canada to the U.S. Acosta has taken special care to ensure each one is as painstakingly accurate as possible, which is quite understandable. But more than anything else, Acosta just loves the fact that his cars evoke reactions from people everywhere he goes, people who share the same passion for cars.
Of course, it goes without saying that our favorite vehicle of the bunch is Paul Walker’s Ford F-150 SVT Lighting from the first movie. But after listening to Acosta talk passionately about his collection, we feel like he’d have a hard time picking his personal favorite.