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Vin Diesel accidentally broke a stuntman's nose.
Paul Walker and Matt Schulze carefully choreographed the fight scene outside the grocery store, but when it came time to shoot, it didn't feel right. In the end they just improvised.
Vin Diesel named his 2nd daughter 'Pauline' (born March, 2015) after his beloved friend Paul Walker.
During the Race Wars, real race cars with their real drivers came to participate in the huge scene.
Neither Michelle Rodriguez nor Jordana Brewster had driver's licenses or even learner's permits before production of the film.
Film-makers asked owners of houses in backgrounds to re-paint their houses with more muted colors to show off the colorful cars.
Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Eminem were all considered for the part of Brian O'Connor before Paul Walker was cast.
Dominic's RX-7 originally had a roll cage. It was removed to accommodate Vin Diesel's physique.
Over 1,500 cars were at the Race Wars.
There are over 15,000 individual sound effects in the first street race.
There were more than 60 Japanese vehicles in this movie.
The role of Mia was written for Eliza Dushku, but she turned it down.
The only film in which O'Connor does not pilot a Nissan Skyline. Although a Skyline does appear during the four way drag race where O'Connor tries to ingratiate himself to Toretto's team.
At the house party, Dom says to Brian, "You can have any beer you want, as long as it's a Corona." This is a reference to automobile innovator Henry Ford. Although he probably never said, "You can have any color you want, as long as it's black," and although the Model T to which he was supposedly referring was made in several colors (including a couple of shades of green and red as well as gray, blue, and several others), the phrase has long been attributed to him, the Model T was not available in black during its first years of production.
The Volkswagen Jetta that Jesse drives in the movie was later purchased by Frankie Muniz.
Working titles for the movie included "Racer X", "Redline" and "Race Wars".
Only two domestics are ever driven by the principal cast: Dom and his '70 Charger, and Brian's/ Racer's Edge's Ford Lightning parts truck.
Before the first race, Leon states that there is "a one eighty-seven in Glendale". Glendale is the birthplace of Paul Walker.
Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez were actually dating off screen during filming just as they did on screen.
The first street race scene is supposedly a quarter mile race, taking approximately 10 seconds. However, the race takes almost two minutes of screen time and shows the vehicles driving in excess of 150 mph, faster than even a 1,200 hp Bugatti Veyron can accomplish a 1/4 mile.
The title rights, not the story rights, to the film The Fast and the Furious (1955), were purchased so that the title could be used on this project, another film about racing. The original film was shown in a theater owned by the grandfather of producer Neal H. Moritz.
The only cars to feature in both "Fast and Furious" films was Neal H. Moritz's navy-colored Ferrari F355, and Dom's RX-7. In the first film, the F355 was used in the Malibu race scene and then parked outside Verone's house in 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003). The RX-7 was changed and used again in the second film as Orange Julius' car in the first race scene.
Paul Walker has stated that he did this film because of the movie "Donnie Brasco" because he thought the role of an undercover cop was a cool idea and he'd like to portray that type of character.
The movie playing on the TV in Dom's house during the party is 'Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story' also directed by Rob Cohen.
Only one other classic Mopar was used for the film besides Torreto's Dodge Charger. A 1969 Roadrunner featured during the Rave party the night before the Race Wars.
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The Fast and Furious and X-Men franchises have often released the same installments of a franchise in the same year. X2 and 2 Fast 2 Furious were both released in 2003, X-Men: The Last Stand and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift were both released in 2006, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Fast and Furious were both released in 2009, X-Men: First Class and Fast Five were both released in 2011 and The Wolverine and Fast and Furious 6 were released in 2013. Furious 7 was set to be released in 2014, the same year as X-Men: Days of Future Past, however it then was pushed to 2015 after Paul Walker's death.
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The green 1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX that Paul Walker is driving at the start is the same one used in the movie sex drive. There was a few differences made to it such as the roof scoop
This is the first and only movie in the franchise where Dom drives an import, in the other movies he drives muscle cars.
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The house used as headquarters for the FBI and LAPD undercover investigation is the same house that was used as Walter Matthau's house in Hanging Up (2000).
During the barbecue scene, when Vince finally sits down and they all start eating, while the camera is fading away from the table you can hear Leon briefly say, "what? You think we're in a movie or something?"
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Cameo 

Neal H. Moritz:  driver of the black Ferrari.

Director Cameo 

Rob Cohen:  as the old pizza delivery man who is blocked by the first race.

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Dominic Toretto's black muscle car is a 1970 Dodge Charger with a 528ci supercharged Hemi and 727 automatic transmission. This Charger is the same body style (although one year newer) as the famous 1969 Dodge Charger "General Lee" of the The Dukes of Hazzard (1979) television series. After the filming of the crash at the end of the film, the same 1970 Charger wound up in the opening scenes of Herbie Fully Loaded (2005) as a car in the junkyard.
The street where Vin Diesel crashes his car at the end of the film is the same location as the first narcotics bust in Training Day (2001), which was also written by David Ayer.
When first submitted to the MPAA, the film received an R-rating. Some shots from the final robbery showing Vince's mutilated arm were cut.
When Brian delivers the Toyota supra on the flatbed to Dom at the shop, Dom and the crew are working on one of the Honda Civics that are being used to hijack the semi trucks. However Brian fails to mention it or even notice.
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