BeamNG.drive is a vehicle simulation program that “applies basic engineering
principles gleaned through its research into materials science,” as the BBC
puts it. By accurately modeling how glass, plastic and steel all deform differently
under impacts, the program’s physics engine can depict incredibly realistic
crashes that might provide useful data to safety researchers, and Hollywood
studios have reportedly expressed interest in using the game to pre-visualize
automotive stunts before putting actual stuntmen at risk.
Released as a game on the Steam platform, people have been
steadily abusing it to create hilariously stupid and elaborate ways to destroy
a car. There are entire YouTube channels dedicated to showcasing their kinetic
Impossible Car Stunts
100 Speed Bumps at Over 100 M.P.H.
Narrowing Walls Car Crashes
Cars vs. Giant Concrete Balls
Cars Jumping Into Gigantic
Circular Saw Blades
I’m not sure what’s funnier: The
dumbness of the scenarios, or the fact that people spent hours conceiving of
and executing them, or the fact that I’m sitting here watching them all.
You can find more at the following
Pal and DestructionNation.