Brad Beason and Dennis Bishop, vehicle-effects producers for the Fast & Furious films recently found themselves sourcing upwards of six different companies in order to provide SFI and FIA-certified fuel systems for all these vehicles. The Stunt Man Association requires fuel cells on all action films using a stunt vehicle.
While they had originally been using aluminum cells, they were experiencing real issues, and started working with Fuel Safe Racing Cells. But the fuel pump, fuel regulator, plug-in wire harness, and feed line were still sourced from multiple places, making the process time- consuming and expensive. With the next Fast & Furious film approaching, Bishop reached out to Mike Torvik at Fuel Safe and asked if it was possible to create a custom, all-in-one package for their safety and certification needs, according to the company.
“Because a bladdered cell is mandatory, and Aeromotive Inc. utilizes an in-tank fuel pump that is properly vented and submerged in fuel at all times due to Aeromotive‘s innovative, patented foam baffling system, they were the perfect choice for partnering on the project,” Torvik said. “I contacted them to discuss what it would entail to meet the Stunt Man Association requirements, and we were able to make it happen seamlessly.”
“Part of the movie industry is using the same set up we are providing to the racing industry, with the exception of the regulator,” said Bub Miller, Aeromotive Inc.’s director of motorsports. “So, if Hollywood is comfortable putting their movie stars in these cars, we figure everyone in the industry would be as well.”