• Mar 5, 2010
BMW S 1000 RR pulls off the old tablecloth trick – Click above to watch the video after the break

Ah yes, the good ol' pull-the-tablecloth-off-the-table-without-sending-dishes-flying routine. The oldest trick in the book? Possibly, but BMW has taken it upon themselves to update the classic demonstration in a major way. How 'bout upping the ante with 24 complete place settings around a giant rectangular table? Yeah, that'd do it.

Just how is BMW planning to remove said tablecloth? Using a new S 1000 RR superbike, that's how. Will it work? Well, it's really a question of physics, right? Take 193 horsepower and a 0 to 60 time that's just shy of 2.9 seconds. Add in one rider with a quick set of wrists and shake well. Garnish with celebratory wheelie.

We highly recommend that you click past the break to see it all go down on video. It's very much worth your time.

[Source: BMW via YouTube]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      190+ HP .... :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want to believe, but I don't think any machine could accelerate fast enough to do that stunt. but like I said, I want to believe.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well that was worth watching.
        • 4 Years Ago
        All i know is that BMW trying not to fake in the commercials
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't think it's fake. That surface is too matte to be glass. That looks like a typical real wood table surface. I call real. And viral.
        • 4 Years Ago
        it's fake and gay.
        just no way that would end well without cheating. got viral written all over it.

        why the need to lie bmw..
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dan Frederiksen - why? well it has got people talking about it, therefore noticing the bike...thus i think you have your answer...

        it's called marketing and it runs the world
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Dan
        It's obviously fake, its called viral marketing, your comment is gay...

        All the settings are on top of glass and the table cloth was underneath the glass. You can see the glass lift up at the end of the table cloth and can see the glass slightly when they congratulate the rider.

        Still entertaining though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's typical viral stuff.

      All the settings are on top of glass and the table cloth was underneath the glass. You can see the glass lift up at the end of the table cloth and can see the glass slightly when they congratulate the rider.

      Still entertaining though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds like a job for Mythbusters.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed, someone send this in to Mythbusters. I say it's plausible. I've watched the video several times, and to me it doesn't look like there's a sheet of glass/plastic between the table and the dishes. Also, if you look closely afterwards, you can see that some of the silverware has moved. Well, I guess we can't prove they got moved, but I highly doubt they would have set them up like that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hahaha....pointless but pretty cool. :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      it's about high time someone did this with the GTR lol...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ok, I'll pull a James May here, but that's because I do physics for a living.

      If you do the physics, it doesn't quite work out. To pull of this trick, you have to accelerate the tablecloth quickly and get it off the table in a short time. This is because you want to minimize the time that the frictional forces have to accelerate the stuff on top of the tablecloth (note that for moving objects the frictional forces depend only on the mass of the stuff on top, and not how fast the tablecloth is moving).

      Looking at the trick with the small table, the guy moves the cloth by about 2 meters in a time of about 1/2 of a second, which corresponds to an average acceleration of about 16 m/s^2 (this is basic kinematics for a constant acceleration, x=1/2 a t^2).

      A 0-60 time in 2.9 seconds corresponds to an acceleration of about 10 m/s^2, but it has to move a distance of about 20 feet, so it will take about 2 seconds to pull of the tablecloth (from 36s to 38s in the video), meaning that stuff at the end of the table should have moved 16 times farther than the stuff on the small table.

      I estimate that the stuff at the end of the big table, based on what I see on the small table, should have moved 16cm, which is not the case in the video, so I would say it's fake.
      • 4 Years Ago
      at 0:45 you can see the clear glass/plastic sheet on the table
      • 4 Years Ago
      That was much more entertaining than that last video Autoblog posted from BMW.TV, the one with that kid explaining efficientdynamics to the classroom. That was a snoozer, I don't even know why Autoblog posted it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      best bike on the market right now, Some might disagree but this bike can do anything else any other bike can just better. IMHO
        • 4 Years Ago
        Except win World Superbike races and championships.
      • 4 Years Ago
      0:39-0:44 SUperbike
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