THE BEST Crashes

Ghostcrash

Ghostcrash

Being in a car crash can be quite terrifying. But what might crashes be like if other cars were invisible? With a little visual effects trickery, Donato Sansone created this surreal sequence of car crash footage, in which one of the involved vehicles was digitally removed from the scene.

Race Car Crash Testing

Race Car Crash Testing

Crash testing cars has saved countless lives, but with the forces that race cars regularly face, they need to be built very differently. Safety testing center IMMI shows off their Center for Advanced Product Evaluation with the tubular chassis of a sprint car. The tests include various wall crashes, and even a ceiling drop.

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Bike Ski Jump Crash

Bike Ski Jump Crash

Rider Johannes Fischbach hopes to someday break the record for the world’s longest mountain bike jump. He recently made an attempt off of a 140-meter (459 ft) ski jump, but unfortunately couldn’t stick the landing. Amazingly, he got up and walked away from this terrifying stunt.

LEGO Crashes in Slow-mo

LEGO Crashes in Slow-mo

While there’s lots of joy to be had in building things from LEGO, it can also be a little bit satisfying to break them apart. In this montage from Custom Bricks & Models by Ren, he recorded 1000 fps slow-motion footage of various LEGO vehicles being smashed to pieces. At least he was kind enough to put helmets on his minifigs.

This Motherf’er

This Motherf’er

(PG-13: Language) While walking down the street one morning, Ed Lawson spotted the aftermath of what appears to have been a very intoxicated driver side-swiping parked cars. But this clip is far less about the destruction and more about the Lawson’s genius commentary.

That’ll Buff Out

That’ll Buff Out

Auto body mechanic Arthur Tussik shows how – with the proper skills, time, tools, and parts – a totaled car can be made to look just like new. Here, he takes a horribly smashed up BMW 7 series, and brings it back to life. We can’t speak to its structural integrity, but it looks good.

The Road Movie (Trailer)

The Road Movie (Trailer)

In Russia, there’s a dashcam in just about every car these days. Dmitrii Kalashnikov’s intense documentary is assembled entirely from dashcam footage, which captured everything from a meteor crashing to Earth, to gas station fires, to some of the craziest road rage ever.

R/C Jet Crash

R/C Jet Crash

This amazing remote-controlled model plane was a dead ringer for an Airbus A330-300 jetliner, and it looked absolutely fantastic flying about for the first 3+ minutes of this video. Sadly, something went horribly wrong right before landing, and the plane is no more.

100 Speed Bump Simulation

100 Speed Bump Simulation

BeamNG.drive is an automotive physics simulator that behaves quite realistically. In this satisfying clip from DestructionNation, watch what happens when cars, trucks, and SUVs are subjected to 100 speed bumps in a row without any effort made to slow down.

LEGO Porsche Crash Test

LEGO Porsche Crash Test

One of the cooler LEGO Technic kits out there is the Porsche 911 GT3 RS. It’s simply stunning. But that didn’t stop the guys from c’t Magazine from taking theirs and smashing it into a wall, with the help of the German automotive safety group ADAC and their crash test facility.

Rally Race Close Call

Rally Race Close Call

Footage from the 2017 Rally Islas Canarias, during which driver Tomasz Kasperczyk overshot the line coming around a bend and could have easily tumbled down a deadly cliff. Thankfully, unlike some rally courses, there’s a guard rail on this course.

Drone Close Call

Drone Close Call

If you’ve contemplated using that drone you got for Christmas to shoot action footage of athletes or race cars, DON’T. This short video from last year’s FIS Alpine slalom at Madonna di Campiglio shows skier Marcel Hirscher as he’s nearly taken out by an errant UAV.

How Not to Take a Pee Break

How Not to Take a Pee Break

When you’ve gotta go, you’ve gotta go. So we don’t fault this guy for stopping his car and hopping out to take a bathroom break in the middle of nature. But if you’re gonna do it on a hill, make sure to set your parking brake.

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American vs. Mexican Car Safety

American vs. Mexican Car Safety

It’s a well known fact that vehicular safety standards are much higher in the US and Europe than many places. The IIHS conducted a front overlap crash test to illustrate the dramatic difference between Nissan’s cheapest Mexican sedan, and its cheapest US sedan.

World’s Fastest Shopping Cart

World’s Fastest Shopping Cart

If you need something crash or safety tested in Switzerland, you send it to the Dynamic Test Center. In this video, they decided to load up a shopping cart with groceries, then first run it into a car at 11 mph, then really amp things up by smashing it into a wall at more than 73 mph.

Double Parking

Double Parking

During last year’s Porsche Carrera Cup France, a bizarre accident occurred right after the start of the race, as one car spun around in tight traffic, and another drove right up onto its hood. The result: The world’s first double-decker Porsche.

July 4th, Alaskan Style

July 4th, Alaskan Style

Each year, the town of Glacier View, Alaska celebrates Independence Day with a gathering of friends and family, followed by a parade and food. But instead of capping of the celebration with fireworks, they launch cars off of a cliff – a creative solution to the lack of darkness in July.

Car Crash Prank

Car Crash Prank

Roman Atwood picks up some of his fellow YouTube celebs for a ride in his fancy BMW i8, but as is the case with pretty much everything he does, his passengers end up victims of another one of his pranks.

Bad Ideas in Aviation History

Bad Ideas in Aviation History

Footage from a Discovery program which documented the Piasecki PA97 Helistat, an experimental logging blimp, which used an ungainly configuration of four helicopters to lift it off the ground. Just looking at the thing, it seemed like a bad idea… and it was.

Old Car vs. New Car Crash Test

Old Car vs. New Car Crash Test

This 2009 footage from Consumer Reports shows of just how far automotive safety has progressed in the last 50-odd years, as they rammed a modern Chevy Malibu into a 1959 Chevy Bel Air in a frontal-offset crash test. And car safety just keeps getting better.

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Cliff Crash Dashcam

Cliff Crash Dashcam

Last year, YouTuber TurboFoz gunned it through the tunnels of California’s Angeles Crest Highway in his tuned 2004 Subaru. He didn’t realize there was a sharp curve ahead, and ended up going off a cliff. Fortunately, he was okay, though we’re sure his underwear was not.

How Not to Exit a Parking Lot

How Not to Exit a Parking Lot

This driver in Kemerovo, Russia appears to lack the basic skills required to pull out of even the most basic of parking spaces in the smallest of cars. We can only imagine the carnage he left along the side of the road on his way home. (Thanks Robert!)

The Convincer

The Convincer

To help prove that car passengers and drivers should wear seat belts even at low speeds, the Connecticut State Police have been touring with The Convincer, a device that simulates a 5 MPH crash. They’ve also got a barf-inducing machine that simulates rollover crashes.

Indestructible Volvo

Indestructible Volvo

Some backyard daredevils decided to put to the test the long-held belief that Volvos are some of the safest and most durable cars on the road. Their demolition derby approach is extreme, but the result is unquestionable. This ’94 Volvo 850 appears to be unkillable.

How to Exit the Garage

How to Exit the Garage

91-year-old Walter Thomas has some mischievous blood flowing through his veins. One of his bucket list items was to back his car through his garage door. When a relative planned to demolish their garage, his wish came true.

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