P2 1 'Home stretch, baby!'

Elliot Coleman, Tobias Nottingham, Sean Robinson, Kamil Zimolag


In the opening scene of the 2003 film '2 Fast 2 Furious', a car jumps over another car after racing over an open bascule bridge. We investigate whether the second car, leaving the bridge after the first car and at a greater velocity can jump over the first car and end up ahead. We found that the second car leaves the bridge 0.11 s after the first, and jumps a distance of 110 m, which is 24 m more than the jump distance of the first car combined with the distance the first car travels after landing, within the time the second car is in the air.

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