Even though you’ve probably seen how this particular scene starts out simply by watching one of the many trailers or teasers for Fast & Furious 7, we’re still going to say SPOILER ALERT, so take heed.
Right, so, if you have seen the movie, then you’re probably still reeling from all those seemingly impossible stunts they pulled off. Not to mention all the bullet dodging and the jumping on speeding cars which for some reason never seems to claim any fictional lives in this particular movie franchise.
Still, we love these guys and we’re glad that F&F 7 is doing so well at the box office, they deserve it, especially with that wonderful send-off they gave Paul Walker/Brian O’Connor at the end.
However, let’s get back to the action and talk about what was arguably the most insane thing they ever did (yes even crazier than jumping out of a plane with a bunch of cars). Midway through the movie, Dom and Brian got in the $3.4 million Lykan Hypersport and flew out the window of the skyscraper they were in, ending up in the next tower on a floor which was under construction, and then since the brakes weren’t working (really?), Dom decided to floor it again and jump to the next tower.
That’s insane. And naturally they had to use CGI for this one (unlike most other stunts, which we appreciate). Still, it seemed way too far fetched to us, well, until now.
According to Lee Loveridge, professor of physics at Pierce Collage, the stunt could actually be plausible. Loveridge told Vulture.com that considering the acceleration rate of the car, 3,000 lbs weight and estimating the distance between the towers to be anywhere between 140 and 170 feet, the Lykan might have actually been able to pull off the tower jumps in real life as well.
Loveridge argued that “Falling four stories takes about 1.6 seconds, while falling two takes only about 1.1 seconds. To cover the necessary 150 feet in this time, the car would have to be traveling about 70 miles per hour if it falls four stories, or about 100 miles per hour to only fall two stories. Both of these speeds are clearly achievable by this car,” before making it clear that the odds would definitely not be in the car’s favor.
There are a lot of elements in play, including the landing and the sweeping turns inside the buildings. Physically, it’s possible the Lykan, or any other similar type of car would be able to travel those distances and stick the landings (before probably bottoming out), but to pull it off in the exact manner in which Dom and Bryan did, well, that’s highly unlikely.