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You thought the whole trebuchet thing was over? Nope! Here’s a video from british tv of a car flinging trebuchet. Of course before you fling a car, it appears to be standard procedure to shoot it with a gun! I’m guessing that they took the engine out first to lighten it up. – Link


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  1. ceBlaze says:

    It’s nice to see they don’t let a little thing like fire safety get in the way of a good time.

    I think the gun was mostly to make holes in the windshield and floor to run the cable through.

  2. Shadyman says:

    This was on Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet at one point.

  3. anKo says:

    who knew a shotgun was a modification tool? …except for “crazy” william burroughs shooting paintings of course

  4. MikeCat says:

    He modified his wife too, I think.

  5. tms10000 says:

    Pre-recorded laugh tracks make it really funny too :)

  6. makeisnumberone says:

    They build it wrong. It needs either a swinging weight or to be on wheels to prevent excessive force on the axle.

    1. Blake Thomas says:

      A swinging weight would be better, and it looks a bit small, the car is probably about a tonne, so the counterweight should be 100tonne, a vary ruff estimate is that it’s only 32tonne.

  7. jswilson64 says:

    These guys were featured in Car & Driver years ago. There was one great pic from the article, of the perfectly-shaped impression of a pig in the soil. Apparently, cars aren’t the only things these guys fling…

    As for the video, they need to work on their sling length and/or release angle- that car could’ve gone a lot farther.

  8. durin says:

    Seems like a good time to remind everyone that it’s not the thing you fling, it’s the fling itself:
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=i3xP7cbawlI