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Every Street Race In Fast & Furious Movies (& Who Won)

The Fast & Furious franchise had, unsurprisingly, quite a few street races. While the bombastic series now includes space travel and parachuting supercars, it began with relatively humble roots. The original The Fast and the Furious centered on illegal street racing in Los Angeles. Despite the franchise expanding into a globetrotting action extravaganza filled with spies and government conspiracy, each film usually takes a moment to return to what it does best: street racing.

While some argue that the Fast Saga is better off without street racing, the director of the first film in the saga – Rob Cohen – was inspired to develop a movie based around illegal street racing after reading an article about street racing in New York. Cohen even went to watch an illegal street race in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, this core of the sprawling franchise has been diluted over time, and the more recent installments have moved far away from the original premise.

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The Fast And The Furious Drag Race
Fast and Furious First Drag Race

Arguably the most iconic and memorable street race in the entire franchise. In The Fast and the Furious, audiences are introduced to undercover cop Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker) as he tries to infiltrate the street racing gangs of LA. His first race and the first race put to film is a drag race in central LA, where O’Connor tries to assume the identity of a street racer earning his stripes. The four-car race also involves infamous street racer and crew leader Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel). While O’Connor tries his best, his nerves and impatience see him using NOS too early and too often, blowing up his engine. Dom wins the race, but O’Connor wins Dom’s respect and a way into his crew.

Letty And Jesse In Race Wars
Letty Race Wars in Fast and the Furious

While not technically a ‘street race,’ Race Wars is synonymous with the underground street racing culture of The Fast & Furious franchise. An event in the desert sees various people race each other for pink slips (the keys to their car). There are two races in the first film. Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) easily beats a cocky racer for his vehicle as audiences are first introduced to Race Wars. Notably, the second race involves Jesse (Chad Lindberg) — who definitely should return — as he bets his father’s MK3 Volkswagen Jetta against Jonny Tran’s (Rick Yune) Honda S2000. He loses but flees the scene instead of handing over the keys, leading to his death at the hands of Tran later in the film.

Dom V Brian
Dom V Brian Fast and the Furious

The death of Jesse infuriates Dom, who sees him as family. After a tense chase through LA, where Dom and O’Connor both go after Tran and kill him, Dom and O’Connor find themselves at a crossroads. O’Connor has been revealed to be an undercover cop intent on taking Dom in. But instead of pulling Dom over – taking out the Fast movie saga’s most important character — the two choose to race in a quarter-mile drag race. Dom’s father’s 1970 Dodge Charger blows O’Connor’s Toyota Supra out of the water, rising on its back wheels and powering towards the finish line on the other side of the train track. While they both miss the front of an oncoming train by inches, Dom is caught off guard by a truck and totals the Dodge. Battered but alive, O’Connor chooses to let Dom leave.

Bridge Race
Bridge Race in Fast and the Furious

On the run after letting Dom escape, O’Connor kicks off 2 Fast 2 Furious, still competing in illegal street racing. The drag race introduces several main characters in 2 Fast 2 Furious, including Tej Parker (Ludacris), who becomes a franchise staple. O’Connor pits his Nissan Skyline against three other competitors, including Suki (Devon Aoki), who runs an all-female racing crew and becomes a good friend of O’Connor’s. The route includes a massive bridge jump which only O’Connor and Suki manage to cross successfully. O’Connor wins, cementing him as a skilled street racer.

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Muscle Car Race
Muscle Race in Fast and the Furious

O’Connor enlists his childhood friend Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) to help him after O’Connor is roped into once again working undercover for the government. To avoid the FBI tracing them later in the film, both O’Connor and Pearce – who will be returning in Fast 10 — race two muscle car drivers for pink slips. The Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger both initially prove too powerful in comparison to O’Connor’s Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and Pearce’s Eclipse Spyder, but a game of chicken late in the tag team game puts both O’Connor and Pearce in the lead. They walk away with the keys to a pair of muscle cars.

Sean V Clay
Boswell V Clay in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

High school student, Sean Boswell (Lucas Black), leads the third film in the franchise: The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. A film that would’ve been entirely different with Dom Toretto instead. The young driver gets sent to Japan after trashing his and a fellow student’s two cars in an illegal street race. After butting heads over a girl in the school car park, Boswell and Clay settle their differences through a street race, with Clay’s girlfriend putting herself up as the ‘prize.’ While initially belittling Boswell’s 1971 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Clay has to eat his words after his Dodge Viper proves no match for Boswell’s skill behind the wheel. Boswell technically wins, but both cars are written off in the process.

Sean V Takashi
Sean V DK in Fast and the Furious Tokyo Drift

After being introduced to Tokyo’s underground street racing culture, Boswell decides to get behind the wheel of a car again. Convinced he can beat the city’s ‘Drift King,’ Boswell borrows his friend’s Nissan Silvia. That friend turns out to be none of than the Fast Saga stalwart Han Lue (Sung Kang), who crashed a car in real life during filming. Boswell’s skill behind the wheel is no match for the street racing style typical to Tokyo’s intensely urban and built-up environment, where drifting is vital. Boswell immediately taps out after failing to drift around a corner and crashing into a concrete post, allowing Takashi (Brian Tee) to keep his moniker of Tokyo’s ‘Drift King.’

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Sean V M in Fast and the furious Tokyo Drift

Not one to be beaten, Boswell continues to practice drifting under the tutelage of Han Lue. The crew he joins in Tokyo could even return after hints in F9. Boswell continues to practice in another Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution while working for Lue to pay off his debt for wrecking his loaned car. Eventually, Boswell gets his chance to prove himself again, pitting the Evo against Morimoto’s (Leonardo Nam) Nissan Turbo. Morimoto is Takashi’s right-hand man, and his loss to Boswell only deepens the rivalry between Lue, Boswell, and Takashi. Boswell easily outmaneuvers Moriomoto and wins the race hands down, leading to a rather embarrassing tantrum by Morimoto.

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Sean V Takashi Again
Sean V DK in fast in the furious 2

After a twisty narrative that follows Boswell’s relationship with Lue and his rivalry with Takashi’s Yakuza family, Boswell ends up racing Takashi again. This time the loser has to leave Tokyo for good. Takashi, still the Drift King of Tokyo, chooses to host the race on a winding mountain road that only Takashi has ever managed to get down in one piece. Takashi takes the lead initially but utilizing everything he has learned, Boswell manages to keep pace and take the lead eventually. Frustrated, Takashi starts to ram Boswell. The ensuing back and forth sees Takashi ultimately drive himself out of the franchise and off the mountain, leaving Boswell free to win the race and retain his place in Tokyo.

The Audition
Dom V Brian in fast and the furious 4

The fourth film in the franchise contains what is arguably the franchise’s last proper street race. Fast & Furious brings back Toretto, O’Connor, Letty Ortiz and even Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster) in a high-stakes adventure to uncover Letty’s killer and bring down a Mexican drug lord. To do this, both O’Connor and Toretto join a street race audition to score a place in a heroin trafficking crew. Again, it’s a visceral return to what the franchise does best, illegal street racing. The race boils down to a one-on-one between O’Connor and Toretto and ends when Toretto bumps O’Connor off the road.

Million Dollar Race
Million Dollar race in fast and the furious

From here on, street racing gets a little lackluster, with the franchise opting for big-budget action set pieces instead of underground, grassroots drag racing. In Fast Five, the only actual race comes courtesy of four Dodge Charger police cars, acquired by the crew to help them steal 100 million dollars during a heist from a police vault. To test out the vehicles and give fans what they want, the team – O’Connor, Toretto, Lue, and Pearce – wager one million dollars on a race between the four of them. After a brazen race through the streets, O’Connor walks away the winner, despite Pearce suggesting Toretto let him win.

Dom V Letty
Letty holding a steering wheel in Fast and the Furious 6

Illegal drag racing hits the streets of London in Fast & Furious 6. The crew splits up after the successful heist of Fast Five, and all seems well until it is revealed that Letty Ortiz is alive and has returned. Suffering from amnesia, she has fallen under the wing of ex-special ops soldier Owen Shaw (Luke Evans). Toretto meets Ortiz for a one-on-one drag race to win back her heart and mind. Winding in and out of tight London traffic, the race seems like a close call. However, Toretto eventually beats Ortiz with the classic use of well-timed NOS. He not only wins the race but plants the seed of doubt in Ortiz’s mind after handing back one of her necklaces.

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Race Wars Again
Letty in Race Wars 2

The only real race in Furious 7 takes place at another Race Wars event, with the film opting for bigger stunts and cargo plane jumps instead. While trying to help Ortiz regain her memories, Toretto takes her back to another Race Wars event in the desert. It is a blast from the past for Ortiz and the audience, who get to see Hector (Noel Guglemi) return for a cameo, having last been seen in the first film. Ortiz gets back behind the wheel in a 1970 Plymouth AAR Cuda to race another driver in a 2008 Audi R8. She wins easily and is given a hero’s welcome when she walks back into the pit, the smile on her face suggesting her old memories start returning.

Dom V Raldo
Dom V Raldo Fast and the Furious

The Fate of the Furious had most of the cast return – except Jordana Brewster – and included perhaps one of the most ludicrous street races in the franchise. Toretto and Ortiz’s honeymoon in Cuba is cut short after Toretto is called in to help his cousin, who owes money to a loan shark. To get Raldo (Celestino Cornielle) to lay off his cousin, Toretto puts his Chevrolet Impala on the line in a race between Toretto’s Chevrolet Fleetline and Raldo’s 1956 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria. Despite Raldo’s attempts at cheating, getting his goons to try and throw Toretto off on a couple of motorbikes, Toretto wins… backward while on fire.

Dom V Jakob
Dom V Jakob fast and the furious 

F9 begins with the first flashback in the Fast & Furious franchise, revealing more of Toretto’s backstory. The audience learns more about the death of Toretto’s father and how Toretto blames his brother Jakob (played in the flashback by Finn Cole but later by John Cena) for it. After Toretto gets out of prison for nearly beating to death the racer, who also played a role in his father’s death, he challenges Jakob to a race. The loser has to leave town for good. The result is a suitable plot device for explaining the absence of Toretto’s brother throughout the franchise, as Toretto wins and Jakob leaves town. Jakob’s redemption in F9 drives the story forward, despite being over far too quickly.

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Fast & Furious 11 Release Delay & Filming Start Date Confirmed By Director


Fast and Furious 11
is facing a release date delay to Summer 2026 due to strikes, with director Louis Leterrier confirming the sequel will not be hitting its April 4, 2025 date.
Leterrier also confirms that filming starts in Fall 2025 after finishing a horror movie in September.
The final installment in the
Fast Saga
reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto for one last ride, while also leaving the door open for other spinoffs.

After facing multiple delays due to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA and Writers Guild of America strikes, Fast and Furious 11 is seeing its release date delayed. The next installment in the Vin Diesel-fronted franchise is expected to be the last mainline sequel, while development continues on the Dwayne Johnson-led spinoff Hobbs & Reyes, a mysterious standalone movie penned by Fast X’s Zach Dean and a potential female-led spinoff. While a filming start date was never confirmed, Universal had previously set the movie for an April 2025 release date.

During a recent interview with Collider at a CCXP MX panel, Louis Leterrier was asked for an update on Fast and Furious 11. The director went on to confirm that the final mainline installment in the action franchise will no longer be making its April 4, 2025 release date, instead now aiming for a Summer 2026 release window with the filming start date being set for this fall. Check out what Leterrier said below:

It’s happening. It’s happening very, very soon. I’m able to shoot a little horror movie this summer. I’m finishing my horror movie on September 15th, and I start Fast on September 16th.

Will Fast 11’s Multiple Delays Help Or Hurt The Sequel?

Much like the tenth film before it, Fast and Furious 11 has faced a few behind-the-scenes hardships in its road to getting off the ground, namely the delays stemming from the 2023 strikes. While the latest movie seems to have retained its core creative team in comparison to the shift in directors from franchise vet Justin Lin to Leterrier on Fast X after reported creative differences between the former and Diesel, this change didn’t seem to help much with the continued downward trend recent sequels have seen from critics. Check out how the franchise’s Rotten Tomatoes scores compare below:

Title RT Critical Score RT Audience Score The Fast and the Furious 54% 74% 2 Fast 2 Furious 37% 50% The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 37% 69% Fast & Furious 28% 67% Fast Five 78% 83% Fast & Furious 6 71% 84% Furious 7 81% 82% The Fate of the Furious 67% 72% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 67% 88% F9: The Fast Saga 59% 82% Fast X 56% 84%

Even looking outside the Fast and Furious franchise, many movie sequels have found themselves hurt by various delays, be they from creative changes, general release shifts or other factors. The action genre in particular is one in which lengthier development periods can lead to diminishing returns, be it A Good Day to Die Hard, Rambo: Last Blood or Diesel’s own xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. While Fast and Furious 11 may only be getting pushed back by a year, the delay is nonetheless a concern that the final installment could find itself in trouble.

Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) looking angry with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) looking unimpressed in Fast & Furious

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On the other hand, the longer wait for Fast and Furious 11 to close out the mainline series of movies could actually prove beneficial for the sequel. Though Leterrier may be busy with another project in the lead-up to filming the next installment, writers Oren Uziel and Christina Hodson should now have more than enough time to really look back at the script and ensure it learns from the critical missteps of recent installments to deliver a satisfying conclusion to the Dominic Toretto saga.

Source: Collider

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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Vin Diesel Already Has His Perfect Fast & Furious Replacement Franchise With 51-Year-Old Remake


Vin Diesel’s dominance in Fast & Furious is ending, but Kojak could kick off a new action franchise for him.
Kojak’s reboot faces an uncertain future, but its similarity to Fast & Furious makes it a worthy project for Diesel.
Diesel’s potential shift from criminal racer to cop signifies a fresh start in a possible Fast & Furious-like series.

Vin Diesel’s days of playing Dominic Toretto are numbered, but the actor has already found his perfect Fast & Furious replacement. Diesel found a major breakout role in the early 2000s thanks to participating in The Fast and the Furious. The original 2001 street racing crime movie became the springboard for a sprawling franchise that has lasted for over two decades. The success of the Fast & Furious movies transformed Vin Diesel’s career, turning him into an even bigger star, especially in the action movie genre. But, Fast & Furious 11 is planned as the final chapter for him and the franchise.

The Fast & Furious franchise’s end will put Vin Diesel in an unfamiliar position of not having a major franchise to lean back on. This presents the actor with various options, such as changing the course of his career to pursue non-franchise roles. However, the more likely outcome is that Diesel will attempt to find a new IP that can replace Fast & Furious. He has had trouble in that regard recently, with franchises like xXx or Riddick running cold and Bloodshot and The Last Witch Hunter failing to launch franchises. There is another option for Diesel, though.

2:03 Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto from The Fast & Furious Franchise

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Kojak Can Be Vin Diesel’s New Action Crime Franchise After Fast & Furious
Diesel Has Been Developing The Reboot Since 2015

The impending conclusion of the Fast & Furious franchise means it is finally time for Vin Diesel’s Kojak reboot to get off the ground. The project was announced back in 2015 with Diesel re-teaming with Universal Pictures, the studio behind Fast & Furious, to develop a movie based on Kojak. The original TV series starred Telly Savalas as Theo Kokaj and ran for three seasons after debuting in 1973. The series revolves around Kojak, a New York detective known for being willing to go beyond the law and a love for cars and lollipops, and follows him as he investigates different cases.

Kojak was rebooted in 2005 as a TV show starring Ving Rhames, but it only ran for six episodes

Development on Vin Diesel’s Kojak movie has not been very active in the nine years since it was announced. However, it still maintains the base similarities to Fast & Furious, which makes the project a worthwhile endeavor for Diesel in terms of finding a new action franchise. He would now have another big action series about cars and crime, essentially making Kojak into a newer version of Fast & Furious. The irony here is that Diesel takes on the role of a cop after playing criminal racer Dominic Toretto.

Vin Diesel’s Involvement Can Morph Kojak Into A Major Action Franchise
Kojak Could Be A Fast & Furious Clone
Telly Savalas talking on the phone in Kojak

Looking at the original TV show, Kojak might not necessarily project to be a major blockbuster action franchise akin to Fast & Furious. The TV series was relatively grounded and small due to the nature of its production. However, the fact that Diesel and Universal pinpointed this property as something they wanted to revive together is telling. The announcement of Kojak’s reboot came months after Furious 7 debuted in theaters and took the franchise to new heights at the box office and in terms of how ridiculously big the action and story could get.

It’s sometimes difficult to remember that Fast & Furious started off with a story about DVD thieves who were also street racers before Diesel helped turn it into something much bigger. With that experience and success already behind him, it would be understandable if a similar path was envisioned for Kojak. The series could then morph into a Fast & Furious clone, one that gives Vin Diesel a new franchise to headline and Universal a “fresh” action franchise to grow.

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The Rock’s WWE Run Means Fast & Furious 11 Must Make 1 Major Hobbs Change


Hobbs from Fast & Furious 11 needs a gritty edge like The Rock’s WWE character to keep the franchise fresh and exciting.
The Rock’s time away from the Fast & Furious universe provides the perfect reason for Hobbs to return with a personal vendetta and a more savage attitude.
While Hobbs shouldn’t become a full-fledged villain in Fast & Furious 11, adding some edginess and dirty tricks could make his character more intriguing and dynamic.

Fast & Furious 11 must make one major Hobbs change after The Rock’s incredible WWE run. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s WWE return surpassed his recent movies, with the actor creating some of the best work of his career. Having returned to a thunderous reception, The Rock was able to flip the crowd’s reception by becoming a heel and playing a major part in WrestleMania’s main events. The Rock hasn’t played a villain on screen for years, as even his depiction of Black Adam lent more into the character’s anti-hero side, which made his wrestling run all the more refreshing.

While his wrestling character may not perfectly translate into the Fast & Furious universe, there is one aspect of The Rock’s WWE run that the franchise should attempt to implement. After debuting in Fast Five, The Rock’s best Fast & Furious scenes helped contribute to the movie series becoming so popular, with Luke Hobbs becoming an instrumental part of the story. He was even given his own spinoff alongside Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and is set to get a solo movie in the future. Despite this, Hobbs would still benefit from adding one key aspect of The Rock’s WWE run.

The Rock’s WWE Run Proves Fast & Furious 11 Needs To Give Hobbs More Of An Edge
Fast & Furious Would Benefit From Hobbs Adopting Some Of The Rock’s WWE Tendancies
Dwayne The Rock Johnson in Black Adam, WWE, and Hobbs and Shaw

Given how electrifying The Rock’s recent WWE run was, there is no doubt Fast & Furious 11 needs to give Hobbs more of an edge. Although the character has had his more serious moments, like most of the Fast & Furious cast, Hobbs tends to mix action with comedy. Hobbs and Shaw are supposed to be two of the more stoic heroes, yet they are constantly at each other’s throats and cracking jokes to help maintain the franchise’s lighthearted core. However, giving Hobbs a grittier side would help the character thrive upon his return.

The Rock’s Fast & Furious return may redeem Fast X’s box office, but the character needs to come back stronger than ever. By allowing him to be more ruthless, he can still maintain some elements of comedy but also become more interesting in the process. Johnson proved that despite being a detestable heel, he was still as hilarious as ever during his recent WWE tenure. This proves that he can maintain Fast & Furious’ tone and humorous style while being more layered; therefore, Hobbs adopting some of The Rock’s WWE characteristics could make him even more entertaining.

Fast & Furious Already Has A Reason For Hobbs To Be More Savage
Hobbs Has Been Away From The Franchise For Several Years

Making a major change to Hobbs’ character could be tough to explain, but Fast & Furious 11 already has a great reason to make him more savage. His four-year absence from the franchise gives him a perfect excuse to come back with a vengeance and potentially have a personal attachment to Fast & Furious 11’s villains. Hobbs’ time away from the main story could be explained through a connection to Fast X’s secondary villain, Aimes. Aimes’ villain twist in Fast X was well executed and suggests he’ll be around for the sequel, which is the perfect reason to bring back Hobbs.

Having a more personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, but it would also give him more of an edge.

Fast X never explained why he’s back, but having a personal vendetta against Aimes could be an intriguing reason. Given Dom and Dante are the focal point of the franchise’s conclusion, Hobbs returning to take down Aimes would avoid overshadowing the main story while still giving him an interesting role. Having a personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, while also giving him more of an edge. This provides The Rock with the perfect reason to implement some of his heel traits while still portraying a morally good hero.

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Why Fast & Furious Can’t Bring The Rock Back As A Villain
Hobbs Already Appeared As An Antagonist In Fast Five
A custom image featuring Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs in the Fast and Furious movies Custom image by Debanjana Chowdhury

Although The Rock’s villainous tendencies worked well in the WWE, Fast & Furious can’t bring him back as an antagonist. Johnson already played the main villain of Fast Five, as Hobbs was originally an enemy of Dom and his crew before becoming an ally. Hobbs’ role in Fast Five was one of his best, but despite being the main antagonist, he always had a level of integrity. Dropping all of this to make him a villain in the final movie would be completely unnecessary, especially as the franchise needs him to remain a hero for his spinoff.

Fast & Furious 11 may end the main story, but The Rock will be part of the franchise beyond this, and altering his character so drastically wouldn’t make any sense. Instead, adding some extra edge to his character would have the same effect and would avoid stealing the thunder from Dante and Aimes. Although Fast & Furious 11 shouldn’t make him a villain, the film can still allow Hobbs to play dirty and pull some cheap tricks in order to show a grittier side, while letting him taunt his enemies when he inevitably helps save the day.

Fast & Furious 11
is scheduled to be released in theaters on April 4, 2025.

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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