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13 avtomifov from "Mythbusters"

13 автомифов от «Разрушителей легенд»


If the exhaust pipe is plugged, the engine will fail.

All items used in the test immediately flew out of the exhaust pipe after starting the engine. If you close the exhaust manifold tightly, the engine simply stalls in 5-10 seconds. This effect is well known to drivers who live in cold climates, where during prolonged operation of a small motor at idle speed, the exhaust pipe can drag on with ice.

If the bullet hits the gas tank, it will explode.

The myth was refuted by an experiment with a conventional bullet, but then partially confirmed by using a tracer - the gas tank really exploded from it.

Car door can protect in a shootout.

The car body is made of a thin - 0.4-0.7 millimeter - metal sheet, which is not able to stop the bullet. The interior trim panels are also helpless. A pistol bullet of 38 caliber pierces the door through. The only exception is a speaker of sufficiently large diameter mounted on the door - 9 inches or more. His magnet is able to stop a bullet or force it to change direction.

The engine will fail if sugar is poured into the gas tank.

During the experiment, about 10 kilograms of sugar were poured into the tank, while the engine continued to work - only the smoke from the chimney turned black. Along with gasoline, foreign substances inevitably get into the engine: water, rust, additives - all of this is either burned or removed with exhaust gases.

Sports cars of the 70s had better aerodynamics from behind than from the front.

The body of the corresponding car was deployed, blown in a wind tunnel and tested in motion. Especially increased fuel consumption.

A car can jump a long distance using a pile of earth as a springboard and land with minimal damage and no loss of speed.

During the experiment, the car flew 30 meters and hit the ground with a radiator, damaging the engine.

A person can leave a car that has fallen into the water after the water covers the glass.

The water pressure on the door is too high, it is impossible to open it from the inside, as well as lower the glass with a handle or an electric motor.

The car can pass through the rows of the vegetable market and stay on the move (as shown in the movies).

During the experiment, the car was dragged through the market at a speed of 70 miles per hour (about 110 km / h). The camera on the roof tore off, the car was seriously dented. The windshield was covered with a grid of cracks, the driver can not see anything.

If you keep the steering wheel recommended grip "ten to two", when the airbag is triggered, it will lift your thumbs.

When experimenting with artificial hands, the steering wheel vomited out of them, but the fingers survived.

Police radar can be fooled by placing a CD under the windshield.

Neither the CD, nor the mirror disk on the roof, nor the foil covering the car could dull the alertness of the radar detector. Even the clanging with a bunch of keys didn't help. The use of aviation stealth coverage has not been verified, since this paint with the addition of iron is difficult and insanely expensive — it is cheaper to pay fines.

The use of various substances and tricks can deceive the breathalyzer.

To test, Adam Savage drank two servings of whiskey, and Jamie Heineman - a cocktail of vodka and cranberry juice. In both cases, the device showed the presence of alcohol in the exhaled air. In addition, the police may always require a blood test. Using a mouthwash will only increase the amount of alcohol in your breath.

If you talk on your mobile phone while refueling a car, an explosion may occur.

It has been experimentally proven that a working phone cannot cause an explosion, even when surrounded by gasoline vapors in a concentration sufficient for ignition. The real threat is a static charge on clothes, which you can accumulate, getting into the car several times and leaving it.

The collision of two cars at a speed of 80 kilometers per hour occurs with the same force as the collision of one car with a wall at a speed of 160 kilometers per hour.

The force acting on the car, will be the same as in a collision with another car, and with a fixed wall.