20 Car Myths People Believe Thanks To The Movies –
Leave it to the movies to give us unrealistic expectations about every single part of our existence. Movies make us believe in true love, good over evil, and that cars will explode if you shoot their gas tank. All myths.You can imagine how devastated 16-year-old me was to learn that none of this movie shit was actually true.
If a car has been left neglected and sitting in a garage for over 20 years, it’s no good any time soon. No amount of new gas, batteries, transistors, plugs, etc.. will bring it back to life on a movie timeline. That takes months and a complete overhaul.
This is one of the biggest leaps movies make. If a car goes off a huge jump, or lands hard on the ground after a hilly car chase in SF, or even if you get sideswiped, a new coat of paint and bondo isn’t gonna fix it.Odds are you’ll blow a tire, crack a suspension, misalign your steering or fuck up your engine. No real world car can live through a movie car chase, and drive away clean.
The Fast & Furious movies get this wrong. Drifting actually slows your car down. That’s why it’s not actually ever used in racing.
You can’t drive an SUV like you’d drive a sedan. You’ll flip. And yet, movie’s will show a Suburban not only catch up to a sports car, but also manage the same turns and twists without flipping over.In reality, you can’t drive a stock SUV like a lambo.
Movie’s will tell you that if you mix your gas with rocket fuel, nitrous, or alien gas, you’ll go faster.It takes more than a super fuel to make a car go zoom; engine performance is a huge part of that too.
Movie’s tell you that your mom’s Camry sedan can handle a washed out road, in the middle of a hurricane. Or that the family minivan can handle an oily or icy road. That’s a hard no.Also, Vin Diesel? Please understand that you can’t drive a car on fire very well, or very far. It just won’t work.
Vin Diesel and Co., and the rest of Hollywood, will try to convince you that average sedans and sports cars can take on grassy fields, dirt roads, muddy trails and stairs.Your undercarriage will disagree.
Most movies with a race or car chase will show them dramatically downshifting to take a turn. Most mechanics will tell you that shifting to a lower drive at a high rate of speed isn’t safe. It also won’t really do shit for your performance and will damage the car.
You can’t turn a basic car into a speed demon, overnight. It takes a team. Just upgrading an engine and the inner workings of a car is a full day or two, by itself, not to mention the rest of the car, the bodywork and all the other things it’ll need.
It takes a lot of speed and velocity to launch a car, and then you can’t even predict which way the car’s gonna go, how it’ll land, and even if it’ll break a part mid air.The laws of physics exist for a reason, folks.