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Warning: This timeline now contains details from The Fate of the Furious!
This timeline is intended as a guide to the events depicted in The Fast and the Furious along with its sequels and spinoffs, as well as the internal history described in that film series. The format of the timeline is based more or less on that found in Star Trek Chronology: A History of the Future, by Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda. The Fast and the Furious as a franchise is, of course, © Universal Studios, and this timeline is in no way affiliated with that company.
The only direct sources used in constructing this timeline were the movies and short films which take place in this universe:
I have chosen not to include the film Better Luck Tomorrow, despite it being directed by Justin Lin and including the presence of Sung Kang as a character named Han, due to my current assessment of it as incompatible with the continuity of this franchise. Closer examination may reveal it to be more consistent than initially thought and appropriate to include in a future revision of this timeline.
Under each entry, there is an explanation of how I arrived at the date in question. For simplicity, I have grouped many references to the past into periods such as months or years instead of exact points in time since admittedly, evidence from the movies themselves is pretty scarce.
Should you dispute any of the dates in this timeline, or you want to provide your own speculations, feel free to contact me with your thoughts. You can find many more fictional timelines at The History of Things That Never Were.
Illegal street racing starts becoming popular in the United States, as GI's who had worked on jeep and plane engines during World War II come home and start working on their own cars.
The Central Institute for Coordination, known colloquially as Mossad, is formed as the national intelligence agency of Israel. Two years later, it is reorganised and formally renamed as the Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations.
[Historical accounts. Gisele is established to be a former agent for Mossad.]
Chrysler Group LLC begins manufacturing the mid-size (B-body) two-door Dodge Charger.
[Historical accounts. The main car Dom is associated with in the films is his father's 1970 Dodge Charger.]
Mose Jakande is born.
[The Fate of the Furious. Jakande's age is listed as "42 Years" on the file pulled up by Ramsey. This makes Jakande six years younger than actor Djimon Hounsou.]
Deckard Shaw is born.
[Furious Seven. Deckard Shaw's date of birth is listed as "1970 (approx.)" on the dossier which Hobbs shows to Dom. Assuming the year is accurate, this makes Deckard three years younger than actor Jason Statham. Some early publicity materials prior to the release of Furious Seven gave the character's name as Ian Shaw.]
Lucas Hobbs is born.
[Conjecture based on the age of actor Dwayne Johnson, also known as The Rock, at the time of the release of Fast Five. The performance of a haka by Hobbs with his daughter's soccer team in The Fate of the Furious implies that his background is at least partially Māori.]
Dominic Toretto is born.
[The Fate of the Furious. Dom's age is listed as 40 on the file pulled up by Mister Nobody, who would presumably be well-informed about such matters. This makes Dom five years younger than actor Vin Diesel.]
Tego Leo is born.
[Conjecture based on the age of actor Tego Calderón.]
Roman Pearce is born.
[2 Fast 2 Furious. Roman's date of birth is shown on the California DMV file pulled up by Carter Verone. This makes Roman five years older than actor Tyrese Gibson, but supports the idea that Roman is the same age as Brian and grew up with him.]
Brian O'Conner is born.
[2 Fast 2 Furious. This date of birth is shown on the California DMV file pulled up by Carter Verone. Although that file is for the "Brian Spilner" undercover alias, I've assumed the date is accurate for the "real" Brian. This makes Brian only two weeks older than actor Paul Walker.]
Elena Neves is born.
[Conjecture based on the age of actress Elsa Pataky at the time of the release of Fast Five.]
Owen Shaw is born.
[Conjecture based on the age of actor Luke Evans at the time of the release of Furious 6.]
Former motorcycle racer Kunimitsu Takahashi begins a career in auto racing and pioneers techniques for intentionally oversteering into a controlled slide around corners, eventually becoming known as the "Father of Drifting."
Monica Fuentes is born.
[Conjecture based on the age of actress Eva Mendes at the time of the release of 2 Fast 2 Furious.]
Nitrous Oxide Systems Inc, a manufacturer of nitrous oxide engine systems for high-performance automobiles, is formed.
Rico Santos is born.
[Conjecture based on the age of actor Don Omar.]
Han Seoul-Oh is born.
[Conjecture based on the age of actor Sung Kang at the time of the release of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. As mentioned above, I consider the Han he plays in Better Luck Tomorrow to be a different character, largely because this Han is too old to have been a high school student during the timeframe of that film. Han's full name sounds suspiciously like that of a certain scruffy-looking nerf herder, suggesting it may be an alias, but it is the full name shown on his DSS file in Furious Seven.]
Tej Parker is born.
[Conjecture based on the age of actor Christopher Bridges, also known as Ludacris, at the time of the release of 2 Fast 2 Furious.]
Mia Toretto is born.
[Conjecture based on the age of actress Jordana Brewster at the time of the release of The Fast and the Furious.]
Leticia Ortiz is born.
[Furious Seven. Letty's date of birth is shown on her (otherwise erroneous) tombstone. This makes Letty five years younger than actress Michelle Rodriguez.]
The United States Congress creates the Diplomatic Security Service as the law enforcement arm of the Department of State, replacing the former Bureau of Secret Intelligence.
[Historical accounts. Hobbs is established to be a Special Agent for the DSS.]
Gisele Harabo is born.
[Conjecture based on the age of actress Gal Gadot.]
Suki is born.
[Conjecture based on the age of actress Devon Aoki at the time of the release of 2 Fast 2 Furious.]
Ramsey is born.
[Conjecture based on the age of actress Nathalie Emmanuel at the time of the release of Furious Seven.]
Several Japanese car magazines and tuning garages produce a video known as Pluspy showcasing professional race car driver Keiichi Tsuchiya's drifting and touge driving skills, helping to popularise drifting in motorsports. Tsuchiya has his racing licence suspended because of the video but becomes known as Dorikin or "Drift King."
[Historical accounts. Tsuchiya has a cameo as a fisherman in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift as a tribute to his role in the drift racing community.]
Option magazine founder and chief editor Daijiro Inada establishes the D1 Grand Prix in Japan, the first high-profile competitive event specifically for drifting.
Brian O'Conner joins the Los Angeles Police Department, beginning with six months of training at the LAPD Academy.
[Conjecture. The LAPD requires that one must be at least twenty-one years of age at entry into their police academy.]
Sean Boswell is born.
[The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Sean is 17 years old during the events of the film. This makes Sean thirteen years younger than actor Lucas Black.]
Neela is born.
[The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Assumes Neela is the same age as Sean, since they are classmates. This makes Neela ten years younger than actress Nathalie Kelley.]
Twinkie is born.
[The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Assumes Twinkie is the same age as Sean, since they are classmates. This makes Twinkie eight years younger than actor Shad Moss, also known as Bow Wow.]
Option magazine hosts the earliest known drift event outside Japan, held at Willow Springs International Raceway in the United States.
Lucas Hobbs begins working for the Diplomatic Security Service.
[The Fate of the Furious. Hobbs indicates that he's been with the DSS for "sixteen years" when he turns down the offer to be reinstated.]
In an effort to provide a full automotive performance package to their customer base, Holley Performance Products purchases a number of aftermarket companies, including Nitrous Oxide Systems Inc.
Samantha Hobbs is born.
[Conjecture based on the age of actress Eden Estrella at the time of the release of Furious Seven.]
[This film takes place five years before Fast & Furious, based on dialogue in that film, spanning approximately one month with a post-credits scene showing Dom in Baja, Mexico an indeterminate amount of time later. Furious Seven establishes that Race Wars, an annual racing event in the desert first shown here, takes place in June.]
[This short film (without audible dialogue) starts almost immediately after the end of The Fast and the Furious and spans an extended but unspecified period of time as Brian goes on the run from law enforcement, making his way across the United States earning money from drag races and ultimately arriving in Miami at some point prior to 2 Fast 2 Furious. The woman played by Minka Kelly who offers Brian a ride is unnamed in the film and does not appear anywhere else in the franchise.]
Han Seoul-Oh meets Dominic Toretto in Mexico, having previously heard about him around the racing scene. Han becomes part of Dom's crew and helps him on various jobs "here and there," including in South America.
[Los Bandoleros. Han shares the details of how he knows Dom with Cara Mirtha. His meeting Dom in Mexico is in line with Dom's being seen there at the end of The Fast and the Furious. They could've met later, depending on how long Dom spent in Mexico before moving on, but I've placed their meeting here to allow them ample time for numerous offscreen adventures.]
[This film is assumed to take place two years after The Fast and the Furious, in line with the gap between its North American release date and that of the first film.]
[This short film takes place not long before Fast & Furious, as Elvis informs Dom about the job he and his crew are carrying out at the beginning of that film. This is Han's earliest chronological appearance in the franchise, and he indicates that he has "never been east of the Atlantic" at this point, seemingly including Asia in that broad category.]
Dominic Toretto and Leticia Ortiz are secretly married in the Dominican Republic. In lieu of a wedding ring, Dom offers his cross necklace at the marriage ceremony.
[Furious Seven. Letty remembers this in a flash when she thinks Dom might have died in the collapse of a Los Angeles parkade, explaining the full personal significance Dom associates with his cross. The wedding must occur between Los Bandoleros, when Letty initially tracks down Dom in the Dominican, and her (supposed) death in Fast & Furious.]
[Letty's tombstone in Furious Seven gives May 30, 2009 as the date for her (apparent) death, providing a timeframe around which the other films must revolve. This particular film thus takes place close to the time of its North American release date, but as you can see below, such a placement for it will compress the timeframe of the later movies in the series so they take place further and further into the past relative to their releases. Despite the inevitable anachronisms, this approach provides the greatest amount of internal consistency for the franchise.]
[In some international markets, this film is known as Fast & Furious 5: Rio Heist.]
Han Seoul-Oh begins to take an interest in drifting.
[Conjecture. Han does not suggest drifting as a solution to the crew's corner-turning conundrum in Fast Five, but he is already based in Tokyo by the beginning of Furious 6 and is deeply involved in that city's drift racing community by the time of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.]
[Most promotional materials refer to this film as Fast & Furious 6, but Furious 6 is its onscreen title.]
Construction is officially completed on the Etihad Towers complex in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
[Historical accounts. Three of the five towers are the setting for one of the main set pieces in Furious Seven.]
Brian Marcos Toretto is born.
[The Fate of the Furious. Elena said that she learned of her pregnancy "right after" Dom discovered Letty was alive in Furious 6, and this allows for the better part of nine months to pass after that point.]
[The placement of this film leads to a number of anachronisms, most notably the complete absence of smartphones, but it cannot be placed any earlier given the timing of other films in the franchise.]
[The party at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi is explicitly said to celebrate "the longest day of the year," so it must take place on June 21. Furious Seven also explicitly overlaps with The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, so that film must take place in the same time period. The anachronisms continue here, most notably in the use of a Lykan HyperSport, a limited-production luxury car which wasn't launched until 2013. Most promotional materials refer to this film as Furious 7 or Fast & Furious 7, but Furious Seven is its onscreen title.]
[Dom and Letty are still on their honeymoon at the beginning of the film, while Roman and Tej have yet to properly learn Ramsey's last name by the end of the film, both of which suggest it must take place fairly soon after the events of Furious Seven.]
The daughter of Brian O'Conner and Mia Toretto is born.
[Furious Seven. This is nine months after the events of that film.]