Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Empire's New Tom Cruise Cover
The Jameson Empire Awards 2014
Vote: The Greatest 301 Movies Of All Time!
Rebecca Hall:
My Movie Life

The actress picks the movies that shaped her
Mountain Dew Green Screen
Register Now to see X-MEN First Class!
Empire Blogs
Empire States

Back to all blogs Comment Now

Drive Like Dominic Toretto - Sort Of

Posted on Friday May 17, 2013, 15:17 by Ally Wybrew in Empire States
Drive Like Dominic Toretto - Sort Of

As I careen rapidly closer to a solid cement wall, I find myself counting the number of times I’ve genuinely thought I might die. As it turns out, the vast majority of these have been in the past hour and a half thanks to the guys at Universal and Fast & Furious 6. As a car nut, when Empire was asked if one of our team would like to spend a morning burning the tyres off an Alfa Romeo for the upcoming ‘drive or die’ action movie, I boldly (or stupidly) assured everyone that, ‘I got this’. I had grand visions of learning how to drift round corners at 100mph and weave between oncoming buses, cabs and unsuspecting pedestrians, probably in LA, Tokyo or Miami. But nope. Instead I was packed off to Bedford. Not as glamorous, perhaps, but as it turns out its gusty plains are perfect for advanced driving lessons, so I headed north to put my limited skills to the ultimate test. Would I be fast? Would I be furious? Right now I’d settle for ‘swift’ and ‘peevish’, frankly.

If you have even a passing knowledge of Fast & Furious films (if you’ve seen so much as a poster) you’ll have gathered that although they might feature a lot of cars, the life expectancy of said vehicles is brief. If they’re not cartwheeling off motorways, being crushed by tanks or veering off a bridge, they’re having their suspension, tyres and gearboxes ground to dust by either the Fast & Furious team or their plethora of nemeses. Since I wasn’t expecting tanks, bridges or highways at the Bedford Autodrome my main objective for the morning was to channel my inner Toretto, participate in some mild vehicular warfare and try not to take anyone out in the process.

It boded well then that I would be learning some of the moves in one of the few models of car that actually made it to the end of the film in one piece: the Alfa Romeo Giulietta. Not only did it manage to avoid getting blown up, crushed or dragged behind a plane for 12 miles, it significantly contributed to bringing down the film’s big bad in a spectacular fashion.

So over the course of an hour I learnt how to slide a car to a 90 degree halt, spin it through 180 degrees while moving and smash other driver’s wing mirrors repeatedly. I also raced around a test track while cars weaved around me, apparently wildly out of control, and was in general witness to some very cool stunt sequences by professional stunt drivers.

So what did I take away from this stomach-turning but utterly exhilarating experience? Here are my 5 top tips to help any aspiring renegade criminal cement their position social status

1) The wetter, the better. If you’re going to be spinning around, yanking on the brakes and generally ruining a good piece of automobile equipment you may as well create a bit of spray in the process. On a more practical note, wet surfaces help the car slide so you look just as impressive but only have to do half the work.

2) Handbrakes are unnecessary. While it might be fun to yank on them like there’s no tomorrow and careen to a halt by - or in - the nearest other vehicle, all the best moves are done without it. If you don’t believe me, look out for Dominic’s J-turn against Letty during their race through London in Fast & Furious 6. Spinning 180 degrees while reversing without stopping is easily one of the coolest things you can do on four wheels

3) Distraction is key. If you’re spatially restricted and have adversaries closing in on either side, smack their wing mirrors with your own so they pop in. Your adversary will be both infuriated and in breach of the Highway Code. Eat it, Shaw.

4) Don’t diss first gear. There’s no need to be intimidated by Toretto’s speedy shenanigans: you can have just as much fun in 1st gear. I didn’t have go near 100mph to have a complete blast.

5) Appearances aren’t everything. But they do help. So I didn’t drive a car into a plane, off a bridge or even into another car, but I did learn that you don’t have to be bald, built and brandish an American accent to scare the crap out of people with my driving skills (or lack thereof)

Most importantly though: don’t crash the car unless you have a garage full of back-ups. And if you’re going to try dangerous stunts, best do it under professional supervision on a closed track.

For further evidence of my crazy antics, check out the video below.



(Thanks to Universal for the day out. Fast & Furious 6 is in cinemas now.)

Login or register to comment.

Currently No Comments

Log in below, or register to post comments
Username:
Password:
Remember Me:

CATEGORIES

Empire States (432)

Under The Radar (317)

Infinite Lives (92)

Small Screen (56)

Words From The Wise (33)

Cannes 2011 (28)

Off The Wire (24)

Comic-Con 2010 (21)

Casting Couch (2)

Oscars 2011 (1)


RECENT POSTS

Sundance 2014: Final Wrap
By Damon Wise

Sundance 2014: The Raid 2 – First Look
By Damon Wise

Sundance 2014: First Report
By Damon Wise

Shane Carruth Interview: Upstream Color
By Damon Wise

Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac: First Look
By Damon Wise

The European Film Awards 2013
By Damon Wise

Metro Manila Charity Screenings
By Damon Wise

San Sebastian Film Festival 2013: First Report – Enemy, Le Week-end, Quai D'Orsay and The Railway Man
By Damon Wise

Toronto 2013: Starred Up, Belle, The Invisible Woman, Dom Hemingway, The Double
By Damon Wise

Toronto 2013: All Is By My Side, We Are The Best!, Sunshine On Leith
By Damon Wise


RECENT COMMENTS

Sundance 2014: Final Wrap
"lights of both competitors alongside its traditional 24/7 series. Here we have the greatest hits of "  lalkala000
Read comment

Sundance 2014: The Raid 2 – First Look
"Ha ha, buuuurn! I am going to go a step further and say Dredd was a better film."  doug64
Read comment

Sundance 2014: The Raid 2 – First Look
"You are a miserable old fart! "  Crazel
Read comment

Sundance 2014: The Raid 2 – First Look
"Doug64 I totally agreed with you"  Crazel
Read comment

Sundance 2014: The Raid 2 – First Look
"Am I the only person in the world who doesn't think The Raid is all that great? I realise you have t"  doug64
Read comment

Sundance 2014: The Raid 2 – First Look
"Great write-up on a movie for which I am incredibly excited. Even more promisingly, this seems to be"  tysmuse
Read comment

Toronto 2013: Starred Up, Belle, The Invisible Woman, Dom Hemingway, The Double
"If being on a par with Terry Gilliam's 'daft' Brazil is the only criticism avowed Gilliam-disliker D"  Garth_Marenghi
Read comment

Venice 2013: Under The Skin
"I'm glad that Glazer's finally back on the big screen. Judging by the review, he"  Manfrendshensindshen
Read comment

Venice 2013: Gravity Is Out Of This World
"What's really interesting about this film is the trailer gives nothing away but give you the premise"  durelius
Read comment

Venice 2013: Gravity Is Out Of This World
"Looks majestic. Can't wait to see this particularly if it lives up to the slowly-building hype."  herbertwest1701
Read comment


POPULAR POSTS

Why I Love Django Unchained
5 comments

Sundance 2014: The Raid 2 – First Look
5 comments

Venice 2013: Gravity Is Out Of This World
4 comments

Venice 2013: Under The Skin
1 comments

Toronto 2013: Starred Up, Belle, The Invisible Woman, Dom Hemingway, The Double
1 comments

Sundance 2013: The Round-Up Part Two
1 comments

Sundance 2013: The Round-Up Part 5
1 comments

Argo: a round table encounter with Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman
1 comments

Cannes 2013: Some Thoughts On The Official Lineup
1 comments

Sundance 2014: Final Wrap
1 comments


BLOGGERS
Damon Wise (295)
Helen O'Hara (166)
James Dyer (85)
Amar Vijay (71)
Ali Plumb (54)
James White (28)
Phil de Semlyen (19)
Owen Williams (15)
Ally Wybrew (2)
Ben Kirby (1)
David Parkinson (1)


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Making Of Locke: A Filmmaker's Journey
Steven Knight takes us through six pitstops (via Heston Services)

The 10 Most Exciting Movies At Cannes 2014
Empire's pick of the Croisette's finest

Tom Hardy: A Viewer's Guide
The essential, the recommended, the one for the fans... and the one to avoid

Ten Things To Know About The Spooks Movie
Under the hood of The Greater Good

Who’s In Spider-Man’s Sinister Six?
A bluffer’s guide to the planned spin-off from the Amazing Spider-films

14 YouTube Videos Every Game Of Thrones Fan Should Have Watched By Now
From goats singing the theme tune to every death in under three minutes

Hollywood's Biggest Names On Their Favourite Films
Stars and directors like Nolan, Whedon, Wright and Ford on the films that inspire them

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get Limited Edition Collectable X-Men Art Cards

Subscribe today and get 6 issues of Empire plus a set of collectable X-Men Art Cards for only £20!

Subscribe today

Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Just £25
Receive limited edition subscribers-only covers every month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)