Fun With Front Wheel Drive!

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

What does one say about a clip like this? Besides, perhaps, that I hope you all are enjoying your weekend as much as this guy. Meanwhile, hit the jump for what I believe to be the inspiration for this “project” (if, in fact, it was inspired by more than a bottle of vodka)…

Possibly one of my favorite James Bond car chases, from A View To A Kill, features Bond commandeering a Renault 11 taxi cab, only to have its top and back end end spectacularly (and utterly implausibly) knocked off. Is there an older reference point for this, the most under-appreciated ability of front-drive vehicles? If so, I’m not aware of it… but I bet someone out there is.

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  • MadHungarian MadHungarian on Aug 07, 2011

    I recall that when GM introduced the X-cars, they ran an ad where a Citation with rear wheels removed pulled a trailer -- with the obligatory "kids, don't try this at home" warning. I've also seen the half-car stunt with piano casters or some other kind of wheelettes bolted onto the rear.

  • Supremebrougham Supremebrougham on Aug 07, 2011

    Red Green did this once with a couple of K-Cars...

    • PrincipalDan PrincipalDan on Aug 08, 2011

      If the women don't find ya handsome, they should at least find ya handy!

  • Obbop Obbop on Aug 08, 2011

    Imagine a slow day in the yard de la dismantling, a body saw ample tools and already oil/grease-covered dudes. Wheeeee!!!!!!!!!

  • Japanese Buick Japanese Buick on Aug 08, 2011

    That's a cool clip but watching him bounce up and down and hit the ground in that seat gave me a headache.