Why some slow cars FEEL fast

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Ever wonder why certain cars give you a rush while others don't, even at the same speed? Well there's tons of science and math behind why some cars feel fast and others don't. we look at the difference between Speed and Acceleration, the phenomenon of "Jerk", and how the manufacturers can even tune in a sense of speed. Everything from the suspension to the chassis, to the windows come into play. In this video we explore how much a drivers sense of speed can be affected, and just how susceptible our host Jeramiah really is to all of it.
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Oct 27, 2020




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Steve Raymond
Steve Raymond Hour ago
I have a 4.0 mid 90's Jeep Grand Cherokee and a 94 Diesel C3500, I know exactly what a slow vehicle feels like lol. My 2001 Merc. LSE feels like a rocket next to them. :-)
H. R. Lawrence
H. R. Lawrence 4 hours ago
Driving close to the limit of any car makes you feel like your driving fast. On Top Gear, they drove a Mini and a Sports car. Since the Mini tops out at a much lower speed, it felt fast and fun to drive at 100MPH. However, since the Sports car tops out at 210MPH, it felt like an Every-Day-Drive at 100MPH.
Arnold Corriette
Arnold Corriette 13 hours ago
The mask is for u not to smell the speed of the car
Arnold Corriette
Arnold Corriette 13 hours ago
Nissan just make a car fill faster by putting GTR on it
Arnold Corriette
Arnold Corriette 14 hours ago
I like the toyota GT86 they are quick little cars i sold my Nissan skyline 250GT and by a Toyota GT86 it the 2.0L 4U-GSE and that is quick and handling well
Carlos B
Carlos B 17 hours ago
NGL, my straightpiped slammed VQ keeps me at the speed limit. "low and slow" When I first bought it and it was stockers, I was all over the place.
Joseph Riffel
Joseph Riffel 18 hours ago
I'm gathering that since it says higher up cars consistently drive a few miles per hour faster than lower cars. Would that correlate to taller people being slighter faster drivers on average than shorter people?
Eizlan Iskandar
Eizlan Iskandar 22 hours ago
Lol, even owning a Mustang Ecoboost I4, it feels already fast
Steven Martin
Slowest car that feels fast ever Plymouth Sundance
I’m pretty sure every Honda owners know exactly how it feels
new york and new jersey railfan
idk its probably vtec
mattster693 Day ago
I really think the most fun car i ever had was a 1980 mercedes 240d with a 4 speed, at 67 hp it was never fast not even in the slightest, but to cruise in it was a dream
Jack B
Jack B Day ago
Me in my '88 Scirocco doing 35 in da 'Hood: 1.21 GIGAWATTS. WE'RE GOING BACK TO 1985.
TheCarKids Day ago
4:16 I actually miss that host I want him back making videos :(
jrag1000 Day ago
Why do people always speed in the XB? I've noticed that. It's a brick... lol
pumpikqq_ Day ago
a step further would be installing the same seat in every car
Mike Herzfeld
I've been wondering this forever, thanks for answering, awesome video. Also...69 Nice
Confused Cat
Confused Cat Day ago
Driving at 80km on my 800kg 35hp 3 cylinder Mira feels like passing by the Gargantua black hole
FrostMelon Day ago
Wow Bogus science at the worst...
HUNK 2 days ago
I drove my girlfriends sisters Civic a few times and when I was doing 50 I thought I was flying down the highway doing 100. Although on my motorcycle, 50 feels like residential zone speeds.
Mark Peterson
Mark Peterson 2 days ago
I'll have to avoid every video from 2020 for the rest of my life. If i have to see one more person wearing a face diaper... Don't be a sheep.
Jacob Bell
Jacob Bell 2 days ago
It’s more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow. -David Freiburger
Stephano X
Stephano X 2 days ago
So @ 7:00 explains why you always got a lifted dodge ram right on your bumper when you’re driving😂
Unknow0059 2 days ago
00:20 this sounds like God Hand music. this was a really fun video.
Andrew Flynn
Andrew Flynn 2 days ago
The survey was done poorly, you shouldn't have been told how fast you were actually going, this allowed you to get better at guessing speed over time and influenced the results.
Orifha Mbedzi
Orifha Mbedzi 2 days ago
Something about this dude's face resembles Ayrton Senna
Maxwell Perez
Maxwell Perez 2 days ago
I want to see you track the Miata again to see the improvements after the cooling system
Chrispewkreme 3 days ago
Irk man S2Ks don’t feel fast
Sunnique Crombie
Sunnique Crombie 3 days ago
I want that hat
Rodrigo Silva
Rodrigo Silva 3 days ago
69 B A S S
jason lavergne
jason lavergne 3 days ago
Pulled a straight up Brain Games over here
Lucas F
Lucas F 3 days ago
7:35, does he really need to cover his mouth as well...? *Remembers corona* oh yeah nevermind
Bader Alaraimi
Bader Alaraimi 3 days ago
captain disillusion is your brother?
ReZ AmPz
ReZ AmPz 3 days ago
Whats with the reeses puff commercial vibes
GETCHA_PULL665 4 days ago
DavieDrum98 4 days ago
Donut Media... I'm an aspiring professional racing driver currently in Formula 4, and I just came across the biggest piece of information for me moving forward - and it definitely wasnt about what makes a slow car feel fast. Thank you for this video guys... Wow.
Zerotwo Two
Zerotwo Two 4 days ago
Onimod PL
Onimod PL 4 days ago
mastersvante 4 days ago
its like when i drive a dirtbike it feels 30mph faster than my dads car
Edsel Earl Dausen Convento
Neil Gibbons
Neil Gibbons 4 days ago
I remember when this used to be a normal car program
It’s Lucas
It’s Lucas 5 days ago
Heeyh my FRS isn’t a slow car >:(
Huey Iroquois
Huey Iroquois 5 days ago
I used to know someone who told me that he preferred driving a VW Karmann Ghia to his Packard with pneumatic suspension, because it felt faster at 50 than the Packard did at 90.
steve2122 5 days ago
Not gonna lie.. pretty stoked for the upcoming NVH Department's new album! \m/
Pharoahe F34
Pharoahe F34 5 days ago
@DonutMedia OHHHHHHHH THAT'S WHY.... it all makes sense now.
MagicD3VIL the 2nd
Listening to Eurobeat makes you feel like driving faster than you actually are
Timo D.
Timo D. 5 days ago
Love it!! It's like Science Garage reborn!! ❤❤
Alex Lopez
Alex Lopez 5 days ago
Amazed that no Vtec reference/vid was used....
Merphine Correia
Merphine Correia 5 days ago
dude i hate physicys
Dan Du P
Dan Du P 5 days ago
Did anybody else question the effectiveness of the blindfolded+ear-muffed "test" of guessing speed? I mean how was Jeramiah able to hear how far off his prediction was if his ear plugs and ear muffs were actually effective? Even if he was hearing Joey electronically via the headphones from the microphone Joey was using, that means he'd also be hearing the engine noises that the mic picked up, right?
Speed Undead
Speed Undead 5 days ago
Why did you leave Blink-182?? :(
Ρομέο GR
Ρομέο GR 5 days ago
Very good video...reasoning, images eveything very good! And try to keep this way of speaking....without the shouts and the useless things that we listen in other similar videos. So , the final conclusion could be that a tuned , hard and a bit noisy car might actually slow down the driver. If in relatively low speed I feel like going fast...I don't need to go faster!!
madtabby66 6 days ago
My pickup is bad for that. You just don't realize how fast you're going.
Deniz Oz
Deniz Oz 6 days ago
Brandon Aynesmay
Brandon Aynesmay 6 days ago
I guess that's why some cars have shit visibility in the rear to make it feel faster so you go slower. I question those who backup too slow if they can actually see or are waiting for that thump. :)
joel ramirez
joel ramirez 6 days ago
Muscle memory doesn’t exist
Toby Richmond
Toby Richmond 6 days ago
Timeless driving proverb #1: "It's more fun to drive a slow car fast, than it is to drive a fast car slow".
Silver Shine
Silver Shine 6 days ago
Ah so that’s why a ricers car is so slow 😂
Francis Atobra
Francis Atobra 6 days ago
Why does donut media teach physics better than my teacher?
Abhijeet Ghoshal
Abhijeet Ghoshal 6 days ago
Also, this video felt much slower because it had so much new information and so much going on that by the end of it I thought a lot of time has passed but it's just a 12 mins video.
Hunter 6 days ago
So my 86 4runner should feel like a jet at terminal velocity
Finnish Fatman
Finnish Fatman 6 days ago
Every young man ever certainly knows the effects of jerk and acceleration and how it sometimes makes things feel faster... Ok that was 100% nonsense. I don't know what I'm even talking about...
bsldesigns 7 days ago
You all really fascinated me with the facts and science here. Thank you
Isaiah Dunphy
Isaiah Dunphy 7 days ago
i have a buick lesabre and i go 90 thinking i’m going 50 and then drive my moms hyundai tucson driving 50 feeling like i’m going 90
Luis Batres
Luis Batres 7 days ago
That's why my si feel a lot faster than my Camry at the same speed! Makes sense now
3ISTURK - 8 days ago
Guys this could’ve been 5 minutes
Jason Bales
Jason Bales 8 days ago
I bought a used toyota Corola as a daily runner to save on fuel... It has the opposite issue. It feels like I'm barely doing the speed limit, look down at the speedometer and I'm doing 80 MPH in a 55.
gregfox 8 days ago
I swear the people where I live with the giant SUV’s and trucks all drive like fucking maniacs and the people with fast small cars are really chill Could also be small pp syndrome though
Gil Xav
Gil Xav 8 days ago
The theory of relativity
Ted Teddy
Ted Teddy 8 days ago
ill say this, i haven't had a working speedometer or rpm for over a year now and somehow i seem to gauge my speed quite well within a 10km/h guestimate that video never changed speed for me either
F. Huff
F. Huff 8 days ago
You want a real buzz try driving a 58-61 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite. At 50 MPH it feels more like 80, and if you can hit 80 on a country road it feels so fast the police pistol whipping you before an arrest would be justified. A friend had one and just the speed limits was a rush. By the way, you can reach your arm over the top of the door and drag your fingers on the ground.
Kaleb Fernandes
Kaleb Fernandes 8 days ago
I can all all that with any hat 🧢 😂
Eli In the Wolverine State
My old wagoneer with pos shocks is like the millennium falcon in hyper space shifting into 3 rd gear about 50mph.
Sssaga Benches
Sssaga Benches 8 days ago
Gonna tell this to the cop next time he stops me for racing 32 km/h in 30 km/h zone.
Davon Stevens
Davon Stevens 8 days ago
When I drive my car in manual mode it feels faster, even at lower speeds lol it’s funny and fun to drive that way
Sssaga Benches
Sssaga Benches 8 days ago
I enjoy driving '98 Civic the most on curvy mountain roads. The best feeling ewven though i drive mostly 80-110 km/h. 90 PS / 988 Kg... yeah, slow on straight road.
mk6dom 8 days ago
i think if you drive really slow, lets say 10mph for a while and then went up to 30mph that would feel really quick, but thats because its in comparison to 10mph, but if you did 70mph and went down to 30mph that would feel really slow. So i guess its also due to getting used to it? anther one would be your speed compared to other drivers on the motorway/highway, or even something as simple as going changing lanes as the barriers will be closer/further so it will feel quicker/slower
SVGLNR 8 days ago
Why it feels great driving a grocery cart.
Mr. Flexy
Mr. Flexy 9 days ago
35 MPH feels like 10 MPH to me lol
Philadelphia W Dustwater
11:42 speak for yourself dude 😂😂
Philadelphia W Dustwater
My 2007 Mazdaspeed 3 felt fast at all times
Alexapexgod 9 days ago
Are they really were in a mask in the car
Jay Barker
Jay Barker 9 days ago
I tell people that my '83 Porsche 928-s2 is 'slow as shit BUT FAST AS HELL'...and it IS...Factory Minimum Performance specs are: 1/4 Mile in 14 sec. flat & 100 MPH even ( SLOW as SHIT, Right?) BUT I go thru the traps STILL winding up 3rd GEAR!! I can 'slip the clutch ',get it rolling in 3rd Gear and run out of 3rd Gear at about 112 MPH!!! Factory minimum top speed is listed at 182 MPH* Actual top speed determined by aerodynamic drag--Top recorded speed 202 mph ( FAST AS HELL!) It's MUCH SAFER to drive a FAST car HARD ,& SLOW than to drive a SLOW CAR Hard & FAST. Just as much fun too... You were shocked at doing 75->90 on the Express way. That's the speed I come onto the Interstate with in 4th gear...
Goldenhordemilo 9 days ago
i drove for months without a speedo cable and lived in a 70kph zone
65 - Ravitosh Sarwan
Now he's never gonna get a sponsorship from BMW.
Hug Stunts
Hug Stunts 10 days ago
Perfect for Shreddiiiiinnnggg
celica 10 days ago
9:59 I can totally relate to it when my first car was the 90' rover mini 1000. When the first time I drove that thing, I can barely follow the flow of traffic bc it was too hectic for me, it bumps, its loud, brake is weak, shifting is difficult, its like watching world from completely different perspective.
Is Carr
Is Carr 10 days ago
my 08 camry 4 banger feels fast to me, even though its slow.
Isaacs Random Videos
I mean, I think a Subaru 2.0t is a fast car, so, I wonder what a faster car feels like.
Isaacs Random Videos
*_This also is a way to make your car feel faster_* More low to the ground means, feels faster, also, if you remove sound protection, it will feel faster aswell. Drive a go cart, drive one normally, then drive one that’s been lifted up.
Jordan Thomson
Jordan Thomson 10 days ago
Alec Owens
Alec Owens 10 days ago
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Mercedeez-Nuts GeeG 6x6x6
i dont get the m badge joke im retarted can someone explain
If feels dangerous it feels fast
Warren decarolis
Warren decarolis 10 days ago
John deere 7810
thatswhatshesaid 10 days ago
"Slow car that feels fast" that is such a good roast in a way 😂
J K 10 days ago
My 88 Trans Am feels safer driving faster because of it's design, although because apparently my speedometer is off 80mph feels like 60mph because the Speedometer says so! Had my Beast for 5-6yrs and still "forget" how fast I'm Actually going...Now my Impala SS 100mph feels like 70 on the straight away but there's no way in Hell would I want to take a curve at that speed because of the Shit stock suspension! Unless maybe it was on a track but still I wouldn't trust that BS stock suspension
MrOneye 10 days ago
I'm not into cars but these videos you guys make are awesome. I've only learned how to drive recently with a Triton e250 and now 5 speed passat. I know now what I've been feeling in the differences. But since I've always paid attention to my Dino I could guess the speed better on the sedan than the van. Now I know why. Liked the video, lots.
PJ Broke
PJ Broke 10 days ago
If you play beamng drive and set the FOV on the fly with your controller, you can get a perception of how FOV affects your perception of speed.
PJ Broke
PJ Broke 10 days ago
Mirage owners be like “nah my car just feels slow” But if you own one you know how it feels at 70 mph
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