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Fast & Furious: Supercharged is a motion-simulation dark ride at Universal Studios Florida. It serves as an extended version of the original sequence that used to be on Studio Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Based directly off of The Fast and the Furious film series, the ride places guests on a "party bus" on their way to celebrate Dom's recent racing victory. Things get complicated when it turns out that one of the guests is actually a crime witness under protective custody, and is being hunted by Owen Shaw, leader of an international crime syndicate and Dom's enemy. As a result, Dom and his friends must defend the witness from Shaw's forces while also trying to avoid crossing paths with the FBI, a conflict that ultimately ends up thrusting guests into an action-packed road battle in the San Francisco highways.

The ride opened on April 23, 2018, on the former site of both Disaster! and Beetlejuice's Graveyard Revue. Unfortunately, it opened to disastrous reviews, being seen as a poor replacement for both of those attractions. It does get praise for its lovingly detailed queue, though, and for some people its cheesiness gives it a certain charm.

Tropes in Fast & Furious: Supercharged include:

  • Adaptation Expansion: The ride takes the Fast & Furious portion of Hollywood's Studio Tour and fleshes it out into an entire attraction, adding in a couple of extra pre-shows and a fully themed queue line.
  • The Artifact: This ride isn't set at a particular point in the film series' timeline, but events of later films make some of its plot outdated. Furious 7, which released the same year as the Hollywood version of Supercharged, revealed that Owen Shaw fell into a coma immediately after the events of the sixth film. And The Fate of the Furious, which released two years after the Hollywood version and one year before the Florida version, ended with Shaw becoming an ally to the heroes.
  • Artistic License Physics: As to be expected, the climax of the ride is one big middle finger to physics. Particular stand-outs include the vehicles and their passengers falling from huge heights without getting hurt, and a helicopter that moves at ridiculously fast speeds.
  • BFG: Hobbs of course has one, which he happily displays to Agent Novak.
    Dom: Cop, I suggest you clear out of here, otherwise we can't guarantee your safety.
    Agent Novak: Guarantee my safety? I'm the one holding the gun!
    Hobbs: (comes walking in with a massive gun) Yeah, but mine's a whole lot bigger than yours.
  • Big Bad: Owen Shaw is the main antagonistic force in the ride.
  • Bus Full of Innocents: The protagonists are forced to protect the riders, all because one of the guests is the witness Owen Shaw is after. It's also a literal example of the trope in this case, since the guests are riding on a 'bus'.
  • Canon Foreigner: Pat and Jamie, the hosts of the attraction's pre-shows, were created for the ride's story.
  • Car Fu: When Shaw threatens the riders with his flame throwing car, Dom stops him by crashing his car right into Shaw's vehicle.
  • Car Porn: Keeping in the line with the films always doing this, the queue line is filled with a variety of stylish cars, some of which are actual prop cars from the films.
  • Every Car Is a Pinto: All of the helicopters in the climax explode upon crashing.
  • Fire-Breathing Weapon: Shaw wields a flame thrower against the riders, threatening to fry them if they don't give up the witness.
  • Gender-Blender Name: The live hosts of the two pre-shows, Pat and Jamie, are given gender neutral names so that any employee can play them.
  • He Knows Too Much: Owen Shaw and his gang is after a witness that holds information that would prove dangerous to his operation.
  • High-Speed Battle: The entire climax is this, with the protagonists having to ward off Shaw and his forces while moving at top speed through a highway.
  • Kinda Busy Here: Just after evading the FBI, Roman says this in response to a random call he receives, a call that ends up putting everyone in danger as Shaw is able to use to trace their location.
  • Living MacGuffin: One of the guests in your group is actually "a high-value witness in the federal protection program". Shaw wants to kill 'em. You and Dom want to protect 'em. Have at it.
  • Mythology Gag: The queue and pre-shows contain multiple references to all the attractions the ride replaced.
    • In the queue line, there's three power switches that reference the attraction itself, its predecessors, and when they opened. The switches are each labeled EQ-06.1990, D!-01.2008, and FF-03.2018. The EQ and D! switches are powered down, while the FF switch is powered up.
    • One of the shelves has a Beetlejuice figurine on it.
    • Another shelf has a bumper sticker on it, saying, "This car runs on Beetle Juice".
    • A Disaster Studios jacket can be seen draped over a chair.
    • In another Disaster! reference, the technician in the War Room scene uses the phrase, "and we're moving on!"
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Roman accidentally leads Shaw right to the protagonists' location, as he forgot to turn off his cell phone, which Shaw is able to track.
  • Nitro Boost: One that's built into the protagonists' vehicles ends up being used to get them over a huge ramp.
  • Product Placement: The queue contains multiple posters and banners for NAPA Auto Parts.
  • Ramp Jump: The ride concludes with one, with it giving the protagonists and the riders a few seconds of air time before landing with a loud thud.
  • Shout-Out: Several can be found in the queue line and pre-shows.
    • There's a "trophy case" of keys from all the cars that Dom has won in races. One of the keys is labeled as having come from Doc Brown, and another is labeled as being from Arthur Weasley.
    • A desk has license plates that are labeled THX 138 and OUTATIME.
    • In the "War Room", there's a screen that features a scrolling list of names, one of which is Walter Elias.
  • Television Geography: The full ride is set in San Francisco, despite the original Studio Tour version being set in Los Angeles. As a result, the climax contains roads and highways that look absolutely nothing like what you would see in San Francisco.
  • We Will Meet Again: Just before Letty tosses him off the road, Shaw tells the riders, "Don't think you're getting away!"
  • Witness Protection: Plays a big part in the attraction's story, as a member of the Witness Protection Program is said to be among the guests.