Vin Diesel originally wanted to make the fourth and fifth films back to back, but Universal decided to take some time to see how the current movie would work out before moving on to a fifth. Diesel was allowed to direct an eighteen minute short film set in the Fast And Furious world, which is available on the DVD.
Ron Yuan suffers from vertigo. For the scene where his character David Park hanging out the window, the reactions on his face are natural. Director Justin Lin in the commentary said that he really wanted to get this scene done since they were losing the natural lighting. He jokily threatened to hang Ron himself if he didn't do the shot right away.
The Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 that O'Connor drives was provided by Kaizo Industries which was claimed to be legal for road use under "kit car" guidelines. A Copy of the R34 was later believed to be stolen in July 2009,but it was not the movie car. The Original "KAIZO" GT-R 34 was seized by government agents in 2009 and exported in 2012 to GT-A Germany.
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.
Released the same year as The Final Destination (2009), the fourth film in another franchise, whose title is also almost identical to the tile of the first film, omitting any number or subtitle. Coincidentally, the second, third, and fifth films of both series have also been released in the same years.
Paul Walker's character Brian O'Conner used to be blonde yet Paul Walker switched from natural blond to brunet in real life after Timeline (2003).The script for this film offers no explanation as to why Brian is a brunet now. Paul Walker was a brunet since 2004.
The F-BOMB Camaro used at the end of the final chase scene through the tunnel is a duplicate of David Frieberger's real '71 Camaro "F Bomb". David was the chief editor for Hot Rod magazine for years. Originally built by Tom Nelson at Nelsonracingengines.com
While the racers are driving through the tunnels, it seems every actor and actress is sweating, but in reality, all the actors and actresses used a bottle with water, to spray on themselves to create the look, this is in the bloopers and behind-the-scenes in the DVD.
At the golf driving range scene when Braga tells the prospective drivers "Good drivers are a dime a dozen. Man, every corner's got a chingadera tuner racing for pinks...", Brian O'Connor (Paul Walker's character) briefly smiles as he remembered racing Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) for pink slips in The Fast and The Furious (2001).
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
The film takes place before the events of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006). Sung Kang plays Han in both films, in this film when Dominic tells Han to go his own way he says he's going to go to Tokyo, where he becomes a major character in the third film.
The song heard when Dom, Brian, and Mia are eating, is called "Los Bandoleros" by Don Omar and Tego Calderon. They play Leo and Santos In this movie, and in the fifth film. the song is also heard at the end of the sixth film, at the cookout. There is even a short film of the same name that takes place before the events of this film. It stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Don Omar, and Tego Calderon. It was directed by Vin Diesel.
When Dom (Vin Diesel) visits Letty's grave, the headstone reads "Leticia Ortiz". In Spain this caused much amusement because "Letizia Ortiz" (with Z) was a journalist who on May 22, 2004 became Princess of Spain after marrying Prince Felipe (son of on those times King Juan Carlos de Borbón of Spain), and later crowned as Queen Letizia of Spain and King Felipe of Spain on June 19, 2014.