Over a 150-foot drop!? What could go wrong?
Chances are you've heard of former NASA and Apple special projects engineer Mark Rober. He has a popular YouTube channel where he does all kinds of cool engineering projects, scientific experiments, and the occasional funny prank on people like Bill Gates. He's known across the globe for his exploits. About six months or so ago, the How Ridiculous YouTube channel reached out to him with a crazy idea. They also needed his help. You see, these Australians wanted to drop a car from a 150-foot high tower onto a trampoline. What could go wrong, right?
Well, they knew this project was something only a former NASA engineer could probably figure out and minimize the risk of anything bad happening. Rober soon got to work. The custom-built trampoline itself had to be designed on CAD and run through various computer simulations for obvious reasons.
Finally, Rober figured out how to build the thing and sent the plans and supply list to the crew Down Under. The result was a massive trampoline with a thick Kevlar mat that's connected to the steel frame by 144 garage door springs, each of which can supposedly withstand more than 440 pounds. Before ultimately dumping the old Holden five-door hatchback, some tests had to be conducted. You know, like tossing 20 bowling balls and 20 watermelons on to the trampoline. Of course, most testing had already been done on computer simulations, so Rober and crew were fairly confident everything would work out just fine. Hopefully.
And then the moment finally arrived. Car dropping time. Obviously, not just any car would do, but rather an old piece of crap on its way to the crusher. Anything new and nice, like a right-hand-drive Ford Mustang, was out of the question. The car drop was, well, you'll just have to watch, but in a single word description: epic.
And then they dropped a boat, but that's for another video.