Posted on Friday, June 19th, 2015 by Germain Lussier
Fast and Furious Supercharged, the new attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood, is like a shot of Nos. It lays dormant, you know it’s there, then when it comes up unexpectedly, it’s crazy fast and great but over very quickly.
“Nos” is a brand of nitrous oxide used in the Fast and Furious movies to give the cars a boost of speed, which is exactly what Fast and Furious Supercharged does for an already classic ride. You see Supercharged is the finale of the Universal Studio Tour, the iconic tram ride that takes you on the back lot of Universal Studios Hollywood, through a ton of memorable locations and settings. Jaws, Psycho, King Kong, there’s a bunch of stuff here. And for a while, you almost forget Fast and Furious is part of it all. But then, it hits you hard and it’s a super exciting ending to the ride.
Fast and Furious Supercharged opens to the public June 25 but, below, you can read more about it.
Note: I’m going to basically describe the entire ride so, if you plan on riding it, stop reading after this paragraph. Just know that it’s a lot of fun, you won’t be disappointed, but it’s very short and exciting. Okay on with the spoilers.
Nothing happens for 45 minutes.
Well, not nothing. For about 45 minutes, the Universal Studios Tram tour goes on about its business. And if you’ve never been on it (or even if you have) it’s a delight. So many cool things to see and so much history. It’s very very nice. There’s even some Fast and Furious stuff for you to see too, such as cars from the previous films. Plus the ride has been updated pretty recently, as there’s even a vehicle from Jurassic World on it (which, oddly enough, is a massive spoiler for that movie. Highlight to read. It’s the old Jurassic Park jeep the kids find in the old visitors center.)
So you’re moving along and right after Jaws pops out of the water, your tram sees a 1970 Dodge Charger parked on the side of the street. Your tour guide gets nervous (they’re in on the act, of course) and calls security. A video pops up and security says they’ll check it out.
The tram next goes through Whoville, past the Bates Motel and suddenly, another video break in about 5 minutes later. It’s an FBI agent that confirms, yes, that’s the car of notorious criminal Domenic Toretto (Vin Diesel). Do not engage as he’s dangerous. The tram ride continues through War of the Worlds when there’s yet another break in. This time it’s Agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and he says he’s taking control of the tram because criminal Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) wants a witness who is board. Hobbs directs you to a garage where you can hide. So finally, after about 55 minutes on the tram, you enter Fast and Furious Supercharged.