Vin Diesel test drives new ‘Fast & Furious’ ride


UNIVERS. — “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 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.

“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.

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.