Vin Diesel test drives new Fast & Fu­ri­ous ride at Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - TRAVEL - By Ni­cole Evatt

UNI­VER­SAL CITY, Calif. — Fast & Fu­ri­ous star Vin Diesel traded the fran­chise’s sig­na­ture mus­cle cars for a new kind of ride.

The ac­tor, along with co-stars Michelle Ro­driguez, Tyrese Gib­son and Jason Statham, un­veiled Uni­ver­sal Stu­dio Hol­ly­wood’s latest at­trac­tion: “Fast & Fu­ri­ous — Su­per­charged,” which opened to the public on Wed­nes­day.

“I’m more ex­cited than any­body to get on that tram and I want to be in the front seat and I want to know what this thing feels like,” said Diesel dur­ing a press preview for the ride on Tues­day.

“Su­per­charged” is a 3-D mo­tion ad­di­tion to the park’s clas­sic stu­dio tour tram ride. Stars of the films take guests on an ex­plo­sion-packed car chase us­ing hy­draulics and HD im­ages pro­jected on a mas­sive 360-de­gree screen. Riders are blasted with wind, fog and mist as they at­tempt a high-speed es­cape through crash­ing cars and gun­fire.

“I know when we were mak­ing it, it felt like we were cre­at­ing some­thing that I had never ex­pe­ri­enced. We em­ployed all kinds of in­cred­i­ble tech­nol­ogy,” said Diesel be­fore open­ing the ride with a cer­e­mony, which in­cluded py­rotech­nics and car stunts. “I’m re­ally ex­cited to get in there and feel it out and get that adren­a­line pump­ing.”

Dur­ing his speech to the crowd, Diesel ded­i­cated the ride to his Fast & Fu­ri­ous co-star Paul Walker, who died in a car crash in 2013.

He said pro­duc­tion will be­gin on Fu­ri­ous 8 in 2016.

“It feels like we’re be­yond hav­ing to prove that it’s a wor­thy saga and it feels like we can fo­cus on mak­ing it the best film in history and that’s what we’re go­ing for,” Diesel told re­porters on the ride’s red car­pet.

Statham was tight-lipped about the next film, but teased a pos­si­ble re­turn of his im­pris­oned char­ac­ter, Ian Shaw.

“Any­thing is pos­si­ble in the movies, you know that,” said Statham. “Un­less you’re dead, which Shaw wasn’t dead. So you know there’s a few ways we can re­sus­ci­tate him. We can get him out of that prison in more ways than one, don’t you worry about that.”

Diesel pre­vi­ously an­nounced that the 8th in­stall­ment will be re­leased on April 14, 2017.

JOHN SALANGSANG / THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

A stunt car flies through the air at the World Pre­miere of the Fast & Fu­ri­ous-Su­per­charged ride at Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios Hol­ly­wood.

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