Hollywood turned everything around: Car cinema myths that it’s time to stop believing
We love movies, we watch movies and often we believe what we see on the screen. It was thanks to the cinema that a huge number of automotive myths were born, many of which people still continue to believe. In today’s compilation, we will present ourselves in the role of “destroyers of legends” and will try to refute some of the automobile myths that have come to us from the film industry.
1. Take turns in the drift – faster
The birth of this myth has contributed to a huge number of films in which cars, in order to go quickly, must pass turns in a controlled drift. But perhaps the greatest contribution to consolidating this myth in our heads was made by the third part of the famous “Forsage” cinema franchise, which is called “Tokyo Drift”.
In this film, the creators tried to cross two automotive cultures: American and Japanese. And since Japan is the birthplace of drift, it is not surprising that the main character will have to learn to ride sideways during the film. Surprisingly, in the film we are shown that the turn can be completed quickly only in a drift. And our hero, who in American can only drive in a straight line, and, of course, does not know how to drift, loses to the skillful Japanese drifter in the very first race. And no one judged the race, as it usually happens at drift competitions, and the one who first came to the finish won.
Here, any driver who knows anything will say that it would be much more efficient and faster to drive in corners by driving in (i.e., without skids). In fact, any skid during a race is a waste of time. That is why the pilots, for example, Formula 1 sweep in corners exactly, quickly … and without slipping. But the filmmakers turned a blind eye to this. Tried to show drift culture? And here it didn’t really work out … but this is a topic for a separate material, and we continue.
Let us all turn to the same endless “Fast and Furious.” How many times there was a scene where the car jumps high on the springboard, lands and continues to ride. At best, the bumper is a little scratched. In fact, it is relatively successful to overcome a high springboard only on a specially prepared car with a trained driver behind the wheel. In real life, the driver will most likely lose control in a normal car after landing. Chance of a coup.
And about the fact that waiting for the car after the springboard, the best way to tell the video below. In it, the crew of the Ukrainian team “Askania Racing” Salyuk / Mochanov went over with speed before the springboard at the Turkish rally. What happened next – see for yourself. And it should be noted that they were driving on a prepared rally car.
Probably one of the most canonical car cinephs is an exploding car after falling from a cliff / colliding with something. This myth has been refuted a great number of times. The explosion of the car – in principle, an unlikely event. After a fall / collision, the machine usually turns into a pile of crumpled metal. There is, of course, the likelihood of a spark in the fuel and, accordingly, ignition. But from just one collision the car will not explode – a fact.
4. A bullet hit a gas tank causes an explosion.
Another attempt by filmmakers to turn a car into a bomb on wheels. In how many films we saw a scene where the shooter aims at the tank, it hits and the car explodes. This myth has also been refuted many times. The bullet that hit the gas tank will just make a hole in it. Only a tracer bullet can cause ignition, but it will not cause an explosion.
5. Nitrous oxide and “hyperspace”
And again – “Fast and the Furious.” This film, perhaps, can serve as an excellent example of how with almost zero knowledge (or zero desire to use them) about cars, you can make one of the most viewed car films.