• Dec 29, 2009
Mythbusters car skipping test -- Click above to watch video

In the movie Speed Zone, familiarly known as Cannonball Run 3 and ripe for an award for one of the most incredible ensemble casts ever, the opening sequence ends with a Lamborghini Countach eluding the police by skipping over a lake. You know, like a rock.

Mythbusters' new gearhead Kari Byron wanted to see if that could really be done, so they tested the stunt out on a scale model Lamborghini over an appropriately scaled body of water. Then they tested the stunt again with a full-sized car – Pontiac Fiero, not a Countach – over a real pond, and the results made us go something along the lines of "That's awesome."

Follow the jump for the videos, which are broken up into a couple of segments. The scale model Lamborghini segment is cut short – they want you to watch the show – but the final test of the Pontiac Fiero Water Skimmer Edition is at Mythbusters.

[Source: Mythbusters]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      What a tease! Both videos end before we get to see what happened! C'mon Autoblog!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Click the "Mythbusters" link. That's what I had to do to see the actual video.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So does it work or not?

      Given the cast, that movie looks Canadian...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Mythbusters is one of my favorite shows of all time. It doesn't always follow the strictest of scientific testing methods, but it's surprisingly educational and tons of fun.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like they were hitting the nitrous at about 30 mph... the auto in that Fiero had probably just shifted to second gear, so I doubt the N20 really did much more than if they had backed up a few yards and accelerated for a longer distance.

      However, I freaking LOVE Mythbusters. It's great that they listen to their fans through the website and revisit old myths that people say they screwed up on.



        • 5 Years Ago
        Okay, just watched it on the Discovery site (couldn't access it at work for some reason). They hit that water A LOT faster than it looked in the Youtube video!
      • 5 Years Ago
      From the time I was a little kid I wanted to skip a Lamborghini across the water like in Cannonball Run.
      One of the best movie scenes ever.

      This scene and the Ferris Bueller crashing the Ferrari through the window and down the ravine scene are probably two of the most memorable car movie scenes ever.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That was one of my favorite movies when I was younger. Great cast and great cars as well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's gotta be a first: Movie studio cooks up a stunt that is actually possible in the real world. I'm sure they didn't realize it, or they would have made it even more outlandish.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The video shows nothing?!?
      • 5 Years Ago
      They made a mistake in their first full scale. The first car was the same size and the same size. But it was front engined. The Lambo is of course mid engined and has a perfect weight distribution. Therefore it's clear, that the first car did a nose down dive :(
      • 5 Years Ago
      WTH?? Neither of those videos showed the result?!? This article is beyond worthless. I just don't understand the tease and then you cheat us.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The videos if you have not seen it.

      The first Fiero flipped end over end because they had a ramp.

      The second Fiero made it with fine and hit the other side embankment then spun out in the field.

      Note the first Fiero after flipping end over end and the second one after just losing the bumper cover were both driven away at the end of the show.

      I was shock the fist car would keep going and it did. It was one tough little car.

      The cars were V6 cars and could have done it with out the NOS but it just added more interest.

      I suspect these cars will show up again only to be Jato assisted or Rocketsleded into tv history..
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, are we the only ones who picked up on that? These two over 20 year old cars were jumped, one end over end through water, and the other bouncing off of water and then slamming nose first into the dirt, and at the end of the segment they drove them away. DROVE THEM AWAY! So now tell me again why GM cars suck so bad; I’m really thick, and that reasoning eludes me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Isn't Travis Pastrana gonna try something along these line on Thursday?
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's gonna be along those line if he misses the barge ;-)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nah Travis is jumping from a ramp on a pier over water onto a barge.
      • 5 Years Ago
      WTF?!? I watched those for nothing! Seriously AB, you owe us the conclusion of those two videos. Get on it.
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