While we openly admit that Fast & Furious movies are a bit, shall we say, over the top and not representative of the real world, we are talking about movies, right? In that sense, we do enjoy watching a variety of cool vehicles do things on the screen that they wouldn’t in real life, including a Ford Mustang that jumps off a cliff and onto a moving plane in the latest installment – Fast & Furious 9, or F9 – which is due in theaters this summer. But as it turns out, those F9 Ford Mustang models aren’t really Mustangs at all.
Rather, the F9 Ford Mustang models used in the downhill chase seen pictured here are only Mustangs on the outside – with pony car bodies fitted on top of Polaris RZR 1000 side-by-sides. This revelation comes to us straight from F9’s picture car coordinator Dennis McCarthy, who recently spoke with Car & Driver about the many interesting vehicles used in the new film.
This combination makes some sense, as the RZR is a highly capable off-road vehicle, and this scene takes place as the Mustang barrels down a hill over some pretty rough terrain before taking a serious leap of faith as it’s being shot at by two helicopters and chased by a Dodge Charger. McCarthy revealed that F9‘s director, Justin Lin, wanted to create a bit of a rivalry here, which is why they decided to pit the two competing models against each other.
The plot of F9 revolves around the rivalry between F&F stalwart Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Jakob Toretto (played by John Cena), so that decision makes a ton of sense. “You get that rivalry going,” McCarthy says. “You don’t want him in another Dodge.” Seeing as how Cena’s character is the bad guy in the movie, it seems like we’ll have to channel out inner dark sides in that regard.