A Real Fast And Furious Luxury Car Heist Just Happened

The Fast and Furious not only inspired people everywhere to try to install nitro in their Honda Civics, they inspired these real-life car thieves.

By Britta DeVore | Published

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While you may yell “Tokyo drift!” when you take a corner too fast while driving (just me?), three men in India have us all beat when it comes to ripping off the Fast and Furious universe. According to the Hindustan Times, the trio of thieves was somehow able to make some fast moves and steal 40 luxury cars in a one-month time span. That’s one car – sometimes two – a day! Like something taken from the story of Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his ragtag group of suped-up car junkies, the heisters used GPS scanners, remote-control cars, tools to bust down door locks, and several other can’t-make-this-up pieces of equipment to jack the autos. 

And while it seems like something we would see in Fast and Furious, that’s because it was dreamt up while watching the films. According to Manoj C, deputy commissioner of police, upon watching the action flicks, a lightbulb went off for the suspects. They thought “we could do that” and quickly picked up new careers as luxury car heisters. If it was a victimless crime, it would actually be pretty genius. The deputy commissioner also revealed that the men admitted to using software in order to unlock the vehicles after calibrating the car’s inner network workings and installing their own. Once the installation was complete, they were able to use their own keys to take off in the vehicles after only two to three minutes. 

Truly Gone in Sixty Seconds, the cars were off the streets and into the hands of the thieves who then drove them off to be sold. While they were careful to do their sales in areas without CCTV watching their every move, the gang should’ve known that even the best Fast and Furious characters have their inevitable fall from grace. Everything came crashing down when the trio was caught red-handed while they were selling a vehicle to someone who didn’t know the car’s history. And just like that, everything folded in on the men who are now in police custody. 

With so many films to choose from, the Indian men had a slew of helpful knowledge and inspiration from the Fast and Furious franchise at their fingertips. While many of us wouldn’t be able to simply hack into a car’s network of computers and make it our own, these men seem to be quite brainy. If only they would have used their skills to make the world a better place!

As for their on-screen muse, the franchise has another film underway which will be the eleventh installment of a universe two decades in the making. Eying a release date next May, Fast X claims to be the final telling in the world of Fast and Furious as we know it. The catch is that this only includes the stories in The Fast Saga, meaning there will almost absolutely be more features made based on the characters. The film will star the returning and recognizable faces of Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sung Kang, Charlize Theron, Cardi B, and more with new-to-the franchise actors including Jason Momoa, Daniela Melchior, Brie Larson, and Rita Moreno.