Furious 7 is full of outrageous car stunts. Perhaps the most ridiculous shows Dom and Brian hopping in a $3.4 million Lykan Hypersport parked halfway up a luxury high-rise, and jumping it across a huge gap into the neighboring skyscraper. Twice. But according to a physics expert, that hair-raising stunt may be the most plausible moment in the entire reality-defying movie.
, a physics professor at Pierce College, to unpack what makes this scene theoretically possible. The good professor has some great news for the 10-year-olds of the world: "That is probably the most plausible stunt of the whole movie."
Armed with some approximated measurements as to the distance between the buildings, the flight time of the car, and the speed required to successfully stick the landing, Loveridge does some rough calculating and determines exactly what would need to happen for Dom and Brian to accomplish the flying car feat.
You really should , but the executive summary is this: Given the acceleration capability of the Lykan Hypersport, and the approximate arrangement of the three skyscrapers that comprise the Etihad Towers, where the scene takes place, what we saw on the silver screen could actually happen in real life.
Of course, the Furious 7 steam opted to use CGI for the in-air portions of the scene, though stunt car coordinator Dennis McCarthy did use replica Lykan Hypersports to shoot the indoor portions of the sequence. And as we told you before, the movie used plenty of real-world stunts where you'd expect fake CGI—including the skydiving scene, which was filmed by pushing actual cars out of an airplane at 10,000 feet.
Sometimes, physics can be totally awesome.