I don’t know about you, but whenever I watch MotoX events on ESPN, I always end up wondering what happens when one of the riders fails to stick the landing. Usually, the picture in my head of what it would look like resembles a rotten tomato spiked onto a sidewalk.
It turns out motocrossers tend to bounce rather than splat. This rider goes big for the Superman Seat Grab and fails equally large. Thankfully, we hear he’s OK, so it’s is OK to laugh.
The Texas A&M Transportation Institute is doing testing for the US State Department on barriers designed to keep trucks packed with explosives to getting into protected areas. And this video proves the real-world testing they are doing is pretty impressive.
The goal of the research is to determine the best barrier to keep the bed of a truck from getting one meter past the barrier (that’s the blue pole you see in some of the shots). By our (very untrained) eye, this steel hoop buried eighteen inches into the ground does a pretty good job. The truck hits the barrier at 50 miles per hour and the cab gets sliced in half, but the barrels representing explosives don’t get past.
The hit is pretty vicious, and it is pretty obvious that anybody in the cab won’t be walking away from a crash like this. But interestingly, researchers said that their directives from the State Department the survivability of the driver was not a “primary” concern.
Riding a motorcycle off a cliff and descending safely on a parachute is pretty dramatic–but that’s all been done before. Heck, in these days of extreme sports everything, that’s practically like driving to the grocery store to pick up a loaf of bread.
Rider Brad O’Neal has taken it a step farther by planning to jump a motorcycle and parachute safely back to the ground–all the while on level ground. That dramatically shrinks the margin for error to practically nothing.
Check it out and see for yourself.
Here at Horsepower Monster we try and use all the social sharing platforms to our advantage as we see the world of motorsport adapting to the many technological changes that sees the Internet landscape rapidly changing on a daily basis. Even though we have 200k+ likes on our Facebook page, the need for all websites nowadays to be mobile-friendly has never been so important.
As we usher in a new generation of motorsport fans, these young gearheads expect social platforms to quench their thirst for not only informative content but also video content which is one of the most important ways to make content noticeable right now on the internet. Luckily for us, we had the foresight to see this and our YouTube channel has nearly 1 million views. But the buck doesn’t just stop there, that’s for sure.
With the appetite for mobile apps having never been so strong, many motorsport websites are launching their own apps to try and get their product recognized further. App downloads are at an all time high, and Statista, an online research website, found out that as of September this year there are a reported 1.3 million apps available to download from the App Store. Gaming Realms PLC, and affiliate to gaming hub Total Gold found that “mobile Internet is one of the most powerful trends on the Internet today.” They went on to document how it won’t be long before tablet and smartphone use will exceed the PC installed base. The majority of development focus has shifted to making their sites mobile-friendly.
Everything is gearing towards an increased mobile-savvy network when it comes to accessing information online. So far it’s something we feel we have done very well to adapt to at Horsepower Monster, but what do you think we can do to improve the site? Would you love to see us launch an official app? Let us know what you think.
This is racer Don Fezell running his Ford Mustang Cobra Jet at the NHRA’s Indy Nationals. He’s also, by the way, making his first pass after swapping out his usual manual transmission for an automatic.
That’s cool and all, but what we like is the massive wheelstand off the line. Fezell actually bounces the front tires and goes right back up as he tries to catch the faster Dodge Challenger in the far lane.
This video was shot at a Spec Miata race at Silverstone Circuit in the UK. Spec Miata is all about putting lots of drivers on the track is (mostly) equal cars, so passing is all about ability to maintain corner speed versus raw horsepower.
Most of the racers in Spec Miata classes are hobby-level racers, and while the competition is high it isn’t like careers are on the line or anything. That’s why we can’t tell if what’s going on here is a jerk move or a racer playing a bit of a practical joke on a friend. Either way, we’ve never seen anything like this before.
This may not be a case of going from bad to worse–but only because the firs hit is so bad. So maybe this is a case of going from worse to worse.
No, that doesn’t make any sense grammatically, but you will get it when you see this video.
This Porsche 964 is running a street race when the driver either suffers from brake problems or simply over-drives the corner. Whatever the reason, the result is German engineering meeting concrete barrier at a high rate of speed. But instead of simply bouncing off the barrier and waiting for the tow truck, the car takes to the air and winds up upside-down in a drainage ditch. Insult, meet injury.
We have no idea where this was shot, just that the car is a Ford Escort RS2000. (If anyone knows more details, please help us out in the comments below.)
But we bet you can still appreciate what’s going on here. Before things go bad we get a handful of shots of this driver really ripping up a fairly smooth gravel road in this rear-wheel drive car. But then the car gets some air coming off a hill and lands a little too nose forward. And guess what, there is no driving out of this one.
Thankfully, we see both the driver and navigator get out of the car and both appear to be OK.
We have a pet theory: The faster something goes, the cooler it looks when you slow it way down.
The NHRA put together this great video of action on the drag strip shot in extreme slow motion. Explosions are cool in real time, but so much happens so fast it is hard to take it all in. But when it is slowed down like this, you get to sit back and watch just how much is going on.