Pro racer Travis Pastrana smashed his own record at the Mt. Washington Hill Climb driving the same 862 hp Subaru WRX STI he used to shred tires in Gymkhana 2020. He absolutely nailed the butt-clenching twists, turns, and drop-offs, recording a time of 5 minutes 28.67 seconds – smoking his closest competitor by 45 seconds.
We headed to Monticello Motor Club in rural New York to drive the new Toyota GR 86. The 2+2 sports coupe shares its powertrain and chassis with the Subaru BRZ, with unique Toyota styling and tuning. The latest version has a larger 2.4-liter Boxer engine that produces 228 hp and offers a much-improved torque curve.
If we’re mountain biking and see a trailhead sign that says “Beyond Expert,” we’re turning back. But if your name is Ddangerous Ddave, you’re required to pedal on. Here’s POV footage of Ddave’s first ride down a treacherous trail at Iron Mountain, which offers “an infinite number of mosquitoes” as one of its challenges.
Hop on board for a fantastically fast and quiet ride around Laguna Seca in Unplugged Performance’s 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid aka “Dark Helmet”. With Randy Pobst behind the wheel, the car set an EV track record, with a 1:28.213 lap time. The tuned car has a stock drivetrain with upgraded aero, suspension, and tires.
Pilot Stefan Langer takes us on a fly-along in his single-seat glider, as he gets tugged along a runway and uses winds to carry his plane into the mountains of Austria. Around the 12-minute mark, he reaches the edge of the alpine range, eventually passing over the ski resorts of the Kitzsteinhorn and Hintertuxer glaciers.
Ever wonder just how much a car’s steering system has to deal with while drifting at high speeds? Team Ponydrift Racing Gear shared this under-car POV footage of their 815 hp Rasmus Nissan Silvia S14 powersliding around a race track and steering at insane angles. Here’s another drift car with a similar setup.
A precision FPV drone takes us on a tour of MMA fighter and whiskey maker Conor McGregor’s Black Forge Inn, weaving between bartenders and into the kitchen to get us up close and personal with the bar, located in Conor’s Dublin 12 neighborhood. (Thanks, Patrick!)
Tom Scott recently showed us the UK’s last remaining gravity-fed aerial ropeway. While he was at the facility, he strapped a GoPro to one of its buckets, which captured the perspective of the shale on its rainy 19-minute journey from the quarry to the Forterra brickworks. It’s basically the world’s slowest and muddiest ski lift.
While playing his sponsor’s game Genshin Impact on an antiquated Windows PC, Buttered Side Down’s computer flakes out thanks to the dreaded Banana Virus. He tries everything in his power to try and stop the malware from replicating, but things just keep getting worse no matter how many 3.5″ floppy he throws at the problem.
We’ve never been to Norway, but now that we’ve seen this video by Tomasz Furmanek, we really want to go there and float in a kayak. Take one minute out of your busy day to enjoy this relaxing tour of the fjords and western coastal areas of the country. The 60fps hypersmooth slow-motion GoPro footage really adds to the immersion.
In 2019, mountain bike rider Kilian Bron won the Mountain of Hell run, and shared POV footage of the insane enduro race. Bron took home the title yet again in 2021, and posted a fresh video of this year’s run. On his way down the grueling 15.5 mile downhill course, he achieved speeds as high as 62 mph.
NYC’s Chrysler Building is over 1000 feet tall, offering sweeping views of the city from its top floors. Now see what it’s like to stand outside of its spire, as steeplejack James Marksbury works on the Art Deco skyscraper. His job is every bit as dangerous as it looks. In 2011, Marksbury’s rope snapped, and he fell nearly 80 feet.
We’ve caught glimpses inside of airplane cockpits, mostly when boarding or deplaning. In this video from Bjornpilot, he takes us on a tour of the flight crew rest quarters, the avionics bay, and part of the cargo hold of an Airbus 350 jumbo jet. The sheer amount of computer equipment and wiring down there is incredible.
The guys from BIT – BASE Inspired Travels climbed to the top of this abandoned wind turbine so they could jump off of it. The unusual Ferris wheel design of the windmill is just as interesting to look at as the brief 50-meter dive into the fog. We’d love to see footage of the climb, though.
While walking through the woods, the ActionAdventureTwins came across a pipe in the middle of the ground with no idea of where it led to. So they attached a GoPro and a light down into it to see where it might end. The camera reached the end of their 125-foot tether and emerged into what may have been an abandoned mine.
Body cams are normally associated with police work, but they’re also useful for capturing POV footage of sports or capturing a video record of any activity. The Rexing P1 Body Camera captures 1080p HD video with a 170º wide-angle lens. 64GB of memory provides continuous recording, and its battery offers up to 10h run time.
We’re not brave enough to spend even a minute walking along the beams of an unfinished high-rise building, but there are thousands of construction workers who do it every day. Goatmanthefourth shared this first-person footage of what it’s like for ironworkers during the construction of the Deloitte Tower in Vancouver, BC.
Readers have commented that we called things roller coasters that are actually trains since they’re self-powered. Well, here’s a case where we’re using the term properly. This impressive Hot Wheels track by 5MadMovieMakers keeps cars moving with gravity, a handful of motorized booster stations, and… a leaf blower.
Videographer Frederic van Strydonck created a smartphone rig that allowed him to attach a camera to a brush marker pen, providing a unique perspective as ink flows smoothly onto the paper beneath its tip. Laughing Squid has a picture of the camera rig that made the shot possible.
Twin cities’ drone pilot Jay Christensen previously wowed us with an awesome flight through a bowling alley. Now he’s taken his aerial acrobatics inside of the Mall of America, zooming past storefronts and through its indoor amusement park to chase a group of rollerbladers celebrating the return of the Mighty Ducks to the ice.
Most of the water slides we’ve ridden on are done in under 30 seconds, but it takes more than 4 minutes to complete a ride on this 3654-foot-long slide. Two passengers share an inner tube down the record-breaking water slide at Malaysia’s Sim Leisure Escape.
Take a thrilling run along the rooftops, streets, sidewalks, and beaches of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This vibrant and energetic first-person action footage was shot by the crew at AMPISOUND in collaboration with Picasso Parkour. This is officially the first parkour video we’ve seen with an underwater sequence.
Jason Shron is so obsessed with railroads that he built a full-size train car inside his house. He’s also got a sweet HO-scale model train that he rigged a camera inside of to give us a passenger’s perspective. We honestly thought the view out of the window was from a real train.
On March 19, 2021, Iceland’s Fagradalsfjall volcano started erupting for the first time in over 6,000 years. Drone pilot Björn Steinbekk captured this incredible aerial footage of the searing hot lava as it flows from top of the geological marvel. We’re impressed that the drone survived the intense heat. More footage here.
With the proper pilot at the controls, photography drones can capture visuals that once seemed impossible, like this sequence shot by Jay Christensen. The scene starts outside of Minneapolis’ Bryant Lake Bowl & Theater, zooms down the lanes, through the pinsetters, around the bar, then into the movie theater.