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23 / 01 / 2019

Times the movies got driving totally wrong

6 Times the movies exaggerated driving

Questionable modifications, unrealistic stunts, impossible feats, these are just some of the things that make car fanatics shake their first at or walk out of a racing movie. Here are six movie mentions that the directors obviously overlooked when fact checking.

Faking high speeds

There are a wide range of movies that definitely amp up the speed, when in actual fact the vehicle may only support 40mph. For instance, there is a scene in, yes you guessed it, 2 Fast 2 Furious, where they are chasing after a boat, and regardless of hitting at least 120mph, it’s always just out of reach. Upon researching the boat used, it is apparent that the vessel actually maxes out at 40mph, meaning a car travelling 120mph should reach it with ease. Apparently, the director never took that into consideration.


The list of movie blunders wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the number one contributor ‘The Fast and the Furious’. This franchise will always go down in history as the number one trigger for car enthusiasts everywhere, simply because of the infamous Nitrous (NOS) present in the films. Traditionally, NOS allows combustible engines to burn more fuel to increase power, and as such is used in racing. However, as depicted in the Fast and the Furious films, it seems to add a special speed juice that makes the cars practically fly, multiple times. Did they have an unlimited supply?

Tyres squeal on any surface

What does the Fast and the Furious have in common with James Bond? Easy! They both overuse tyre squealing. What do I mean by that? I mean that it doesn’t matter if they’re taking off, or even travelling on gravel, their tyres seem to have so much grip that instead of sliding out, they screech instead. Take for instance, this cheesy yet memorable chase scene from ‘Dr. No’, his tyres are screeching like he’s driving on tarmac. We won’t even mention the fact he can’t seem to keep the steering wheel straight despite being on a straight piece of road.

Impossible jumps

We wouldn’t be thorough if we didn’t include at least one of the many insane, yet impossible jumps shown in virtually every car chase. The most notable however would have to be from Nic Cage’s flick, ‘Gone in 60 seconds. Why you ask? Not only does he manage an impossible feat that even Evil Knievel can’t, but he lands flawlessly without so much as a broken axle. Whether you’re a car fanatic or not, it’s simply laughable to believe a car could survive such a rough landing, let alone make a jump like that.

Reverse gearing

Whether you’re an auto driver or not, you should understand that reverse is one gear, singular not plural! Apparently, the director of Ryan Gosling’s debut movie ‘Drive’ didn’t get the memo. Nor does he drive a manual car, apparently! In this cringe worthy scene, Gosling’s character not only drives at highway speed in reverse, he actually changes gears? We’re as gobsmacked as you are. How many backwards gears does a Mustang have? One.

Danger to manifold

Unfortunately, we couldn’t complete this list of memorable blunders without mentioning one of the most imaginary scenes in car movies. The director was falling over backwards to come up with this truly creative, albeit pointless, phrase. First things first, let’s talk about his live-reading diagnostic laptop. You’re hitting that NOS like it’s an oxygen tank, and your laptop starts flashing like a nightclub, with the words, ‘danger to manifold’. You dismiss this obvious warning that something is about to go wrong, and next thing you know, your diamond-plated floorboard falls out. That’s definitely a two in one on a whole other level of wrong. Firstly, danger to manifold, do you mean danger to the intake manifold? These words are without doubt the most pointless phrase ever. Why? It means absolutely nothing.

Sources: Jalopnik and Screenrant