Fast X is the death of tuning
- Davide Chiappini
Fast X is the latest movie of the Fast and Furious saga, a landmark of car culture since the early 2000s and an icon for a generation of fans. But this movie and its inevitable sequel sanction also its slow and inexorable decline.For the past five chapters there has been an escalation in the complexity of the stunts performed by Dom's family, nothing new here. Foiling an attack attempt on the Vatican by intercepting a huge rolling bomb with Rocket League-worthy actions, towing helicopters through the air or even jumping from a burning dam: there is nothing the Toretto’s Dodge Charger cannot do.
In a world shifting more and more toward autonomous transportation, toward the concept of vehicle as a service, and toward a standardization of components, a person will no longer be able to "look under the hood" in search of a performance boost. At most, this can be achieved with a click on the on-board computer.It is clear that a Fast and Furious, a 2 Fast 2 Furious or a Tokyo Drift-like pictures no longer find a place in contemporary interest. These movies do not have sufficient appeal to find new enthusiasts, who are increasingly moving away from the world of tuning as we know it.This is not necessarily to be read as a bad thing, but the film leaves us with a melancholy feeling as soon as we leave the theater. We are aware of this slow but inexorable descent: only a strong passion can keep alive what is now an increasingly narrow niche.