A brick lover has to be careful when searching YouTube with the term “Volvo 240”. It seems like half the videos involve groups of teenage boys hooning their car into the ground… or off the ground, flying through the air to the music of Rammstein.
The rollover at 5:35 is pretty bad ass. None of the glass broke. Keep watching to see in slo-mo.
This war-weary brick was preparing for an epic confrontation at the Sussex, NJ state fairgrounds a couple weeks ago. I wasn’t able to catch the evenings event but spoke with the owner, Joe, and found out this was his third demolition derby with a Volvo 240. He totaled his first 244 but this 245 lived to smash another day after an oil fire put him out in the middle of competition last year. He tells me he makes the entry fee by selling plastic interior parts to bricksters in Europe.
I tried to contact the driver last week to find out how he did but haven’t heard back. Joe, if you’re out there, send us a report!
We know Volvo loves to crash their vehicles to demonstrate safety features, but in a recent demo the crash was truly an accident. To show off their Collision Avoidance™ system with Full Auto Brake™ technology, Volvo launched an equipped S60 toward a stationary truck at 20 mph, in front of press and video cameras. Unfortunately, the system failed and the car plowed into the bumper, destroying the front end of the vehicle and the careers of the people in Volvo’s PR and engineering departments.
So deadpan; so awesome.
According to commenters on the news site where this footage was posted, this particular stretch of road on route 129 in Tennessee is very curvy. But I don’t think that’s any excuse for this FAIL. If you’re coming around a sharp curve and “wondering what the heck the police and news crews are doing at that moment” your best bet would be to proceed with caution and slow down. Instead our driver notices the massive rock slide blocking the road only at the last minute, when it’s too late.
Or maybe he thought he was Luke Duke and could just jump the rocks with a good “Yee Haw!”
In 1974 movie goers were treated to Gone in Sixty Seconds, one long chase scene expanded into a full-length feature film. The movie barely had actors; it was just stunt drivers skidding and careening around, smashing fruit stands and plate glass. In this clip, we see the final jump sequence, repeated twice in slow motion, then once in real-time. By Jerry Bruckheimer’s standards it’s pretty tame, but at least it’s a real car and not a CG cartoon, like the one used for the final jump in the 2000 remake.
BONUS: James Hetfield flies down the hills of San Francisco in Metallica’s “I Disappear”.