Fan Turns Mitsubishi Eclipse into "Fast and Furious" Tribute
There are recognizable cars…and then there are movie cars—the silver screen icons that every vehicle dreams it could be. Without delving too deep, there’s the Bullitt Mustang, the Gone in 60 Seconds Eleanor Mustang, and even the Herbie the Love Bug Volkswagen Beetle. But for Generation Y, two cars stand head and shoulders above the rest. One is Paul Walker’s (or shall we say Brian O’Conner’s) “ten second” Toyota Supra from 2001’s The Fast and the Furious. The other is Walker’s Mitsubishi Eclipse from the same film. Following Walker’s untimely passing in 2013, one car builder decided to take on the popular project of turning an Eclipse into a Fast and Furious tribute car, and this is the result of his emotional build. RELATED: Paul Walker's Fast and Furious Supra Sells for Six Figures
It may not be an inch-perfect replica or an ex-stunt car, but the likeness is undeniable. The Eclipse has been given O’Conner’s classic green and blue paint job, complete with the appropriate looking bumpers, hood graphics, and roof scoop, while the car’s flanks tote the recognizable NOS, GReddy, Sparco, and Toyo decals. Behind those Sparco seats you’ll even find a pair of nitrous oxide tanks, though there’s no mention if they’re fully plumbed.
Many times these F&F replicas are built using the lowly non-turbo Eclipse. Truth be told, that’s probably how it would have been done in the movie. Brian O’Conner’s car is said to pack the standard 420A engine, but with the addition of a turbo and some hearty tuning. This car, an Eclipse GS-T, keeps things faithfully front-wheel drive but opts instead for the turbocharged (and wildly popular) 4G63 engine. Take a look below for the video highlighting Chris’ build.
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For the rest of time, fans of the franchise will be able to see the stunning role Walker played in the Fast and Furious movies. That said, it’s good to see tuners and builders still bringing his now iconic cars to life off of the silver screen.
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