Thursday, December 15, 2011

Driving the Wheels off The Car. Literally!!

Quick: what's the fastest way to lower a Mazda RX7?
Well, pop all the wheels off at the same time of course!

I've watched this video a dozen times and it still crack me up. See -- a decade ago, we would have been lucky to get a few pictures out of a story like this. Now we can watch it on video, play it all over again, watch the best moments in slow-mo, and get to hear the commentary after the wheels pop off:

"One, two, three, four, we're shy one. We need one... Only missing one, man!"

The camera guy has so much time on his hands, he even points the zoom lens inside the car. A lot more fun for all the viewers and a lot more embarrassment for the driver. You've got to hope you're not the driver in a story like that.

If you can believe everything on the RX7 forums, it looks like a vendor had sold the wrong size lug nuts for the wheel offset. Hard to believe all the lug nuts popped off or sheered at the same time provided the wheels had been torqued correctly. Probably better to find this problem at the autocross than out on the highway, though!