You can practically see this going wrong from a mile away.
Two daredevils take this car (is it a Cadillac?) off a huge dirt jump and get some major air in an attempt to clear the mudhole just beyond it. Predictably, they didn’t make it. That probably didn’t surprise anyone, but what probably did surprise the people in the car very much was when the car dives nose first into the mud and flips upside down.
Both the driver and the passenger were OK when they were eventually pulled from the car, but we bet they were wishing the crowd would be a just a bit faster to the rescue!
OK, the world record set here is jumping a semi-truck complete with trailer over a distance of 83 feet, seven inches.
Impressive and all, but that seems a bit beside the point when you see that while setting the record the 18 wheeler is flying OVER an F1 race car. The big truck is a Renault, and the car is from the Lotus F1 team. So why did they do it, apparently because a company called EMC wanted them to. EMC is a company that provides cloud storage and other computer geekery stuff and they said they wanted to do the stunt because “If you’re EMC and Lotus F1 Team, it’s a unique way to demonstrate how we ‘Redefine Motorsports,’ bringing the power of EMC technology to the Lotus F1 Team.”
No, we have no clue what that means either, but we can definitely appreciate a big rig jumping over a race car. We had to watch it a couple of times to make sure it was really real, in fact.
Ken Block and his Hoonigan crew have just released their seventh video in the Gymkhana series. This time he’s tearing up LA in a classic Mustang–with 845 horsepower and four wheel drive!
So what are you doing watching this? Scroll on down and hit play!
Here’s another Russian dashcam video. The title doesn’t tell us anything, but you can gather all you need to know just from watching–this is the luckiest man alive.
Seriously, when a dump truck plows into a car and you are just standing there right between them, how to you come out without a scratch?
Watch for yourself and see. This one is unbelievable.
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.
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.