1. At first the idea was to make the movie something like “West Side Story” but with cars… Not a bad jump start I would say.
2. Everything started with a “Vibe” or with an article in the magazine. The article was called “Racer X” and it was about an illegal street racing in New York with Japanese compacts. They even considered “Racer X” for the movie title but the rights for the name “The Fast and the Furious” were secured and they used that name instead.