Car coordinator Dennis McCarthy told us that Director Justin Lin liked the S15 Nissan Silvias in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift so much that he insisted one be included in Fast & Furious. That's despite the fact that the car was never sold in America. OK, fine.
So the picture car department found one S15 over here already wearing a body kit, bought that car and dressed it up a bit more for the shoot. Though mechanically stock (even the SR20DET under the hood was unmodified), it looked solid when decorated and was assigned to the character "David Park," played by actor Ron Yuan.
Because S15s are exceedingly rare here in America, the four replicas were actually built from S14-generation Nissan 240SX coupes (the last Silvia exported to America). Clever use of fiberglass noses and tails made the 240SX resemble the true S15. Later reshoots required the picture car department to build two more S15 replicas for a crash sequence. None of the replicas got an SR20 upgrade.
Even though the S15 is one of the four cars in the film's largest race, its screen time is limited since it wrecks mere seconds into the sequence. Still, of the seven total Silvias used by the film, only one survives. That's the original S15 and it's in storage.
As Portrayed Specifications*
Type: Tomei-modified Nissan SR20DET turbocharged-4
Turbocharger: Garrett 6930-71R ball-bearing
Radiator: Koyo with dual electric fans
Fuel: Sunoco Racing Fuel
Lubricant: Mobil One
Headers: Tomei Turboman
Exhaust pipes: Grenade stainless
Mufflers: RSR downpipe
Transmission: Five-speed manual
Clutch: RPS Stage 4 with lightweight chromoly flywheel
Shifter: B&M short shifter
Differential: Tomei Technical Trax 2 Way
Front: Cusco coil-over shocks
Rear: Cusco coil-over shocks
Front: Greddy disc with six-piston calipers
Rear: Greddy disc with six-piston calipers
Type: Volk Racing
Front: 18-by-9.5 inches
Rear: 18-by-10.5 inches
Seats: JIC Reclinable
Door panels: Nissan original equipment
Gauges: Power Enterprise
Body: Cwest GT Widebody
Hood: VIS carbon fiber
Paint: Body by Buddha Gunmetal Gray
* "As Portrayed" specifications indicate the state of the car as portrayed in the film. No single car was necessarily built to these specifications by the picture car department. But all the cars built to portray a vehicle in the film were constructed to appear as if so equipped.