You've undoubtedly heard that cheetahs can do 75 miles per hour. But maybe you don't realize how quickly they can get there: A cheetah can accelerate from 0 to 60 m.p.h. in an absurd three seconds flat, making it faster than a Ferrari Enzo, a McLaren F1 and a Lamborghini Gallardo. What's even more amazing is that, according to the Smithsonian Channel , they can get up to 60 m.p.h. in just three strides.
So how is a 125-pound collection of fur and bones able to reach these speeds? In a word, design.
Everything from the cheetah's shoulder blades, rib cage shape, tail, and even the consistency of its footpads are all seemingly designed with one goal in mind: Blistering speed. This video explains how the cheetah's various "design features" all work together to produce their results: