A1_1 Faster than a speeding bus

Liam Allen, Peter Edwards, Josh Wynn


The film Speed portrays a bus making a large and seemingly unlikely jump between two sections of partially constructed freeway. This article investigates the feasibility of such a jump by determining what incline the road would need to be at for the bus to successfully make it across; finding that it would need to be at least 7.6 degrees, which is less than that shown in the film, however the energy of the impact would almost certainly damage the bus to the extent that it would no longer be capable of motion.

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