Watch the 2,000-horsepower Banks Freightliner jump five carsMon, 24 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0700
Mike Ryan does amazing things with the Banks Freightliner. And with Pikes Peak still half a year away, Ryan settles for practice in the Long Beach docks in "Size Matters 2." He weaves the semi in and out of boxes, does donuts in the same tight radius as a matte-black 240SX (driven by stuntman Daniel Leavitt, who ironically shares his name with a reckless driving attorney in Virgina), and dodges even larger trucks. (No Dodges, though there's the Freightliner connection.) All the elements of Ken Block's Gymkhana videos are here: the screeching electronic music, the moody industrial setting, the gratuitous slow-motion. However, the scale is way more epic -- and there's little hyperbole here, for once. Because as far as we know -- and not to give too much away, even though we're just about to -- as talented as Block is, he hasn't yet jumped a Freightliner over five Smart cars.
Truck jump! Truck jump! Truck jump! If you enjoy seeing huge cranes, high-vis jackets, a two-wheeled Crown Victoria, oh, and a friggin' 2,000 horsepower, super-turbocharged Freightliner sailing through the air like a miracle of modern aviation, then go into the darkened closet of your mind, pull out the Hot Wheels cars from your childhood, and press play. Rad! RAAAAAAAD!
A behind-the-scenes video is below, which shows the quadcopter drones used to film it as well as the Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG camera car tasked with keeping up.
The Making of the Banks Freightliner Jump
By Blake Z. Rong