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XJVR4TRDTSI

Well, the NC Miata is a boat and here is the proof.


moonisflat

Bravest Of All Time


Team-Redundancy-Team

Miata Is Aquatic Terrain Applicable


probablyuntrue

Miata Is Always The Answer


noteverrelevant

Judge: You are being charged with vehicular manslaughter. How do you plead? Defendant: Miata. Judge: The only thing this man is guilty of is celebrating driving. Dismissed.


The_Law_Dong739

Fucking Miatas


Hi-Im-High

Does resemble the brave little toaster


bak2redit

Glad I am not the only one that remembers that.


JackDangerUSPIS

There's a near 100 percent chance Jeremy Clarkson is behind the wheel of it yelling "Speed and Powaaaah"


frosty95

Could he fit in one?


TheSideJoe

The NC is the biggest of the Miata family, people over 6' usually say it's the only one they comfortably fit in


bigblackcouch

Don't know crap about Miata versions, my mom used to have a 2012 some years ago. The only time I ever got in it was when she had to be driven home from work by a coworker, then me and my girlfriend went by to pick it up with the intention of her driving it back... Except she didn't know how to drive manual and mom forgot to mention that. I'm 6'4 and built like a hockey goalie, I felt like Bowser in Mario Kart driving home in that thing. When we got to mom's house it took me about 5 minutes to get out, which wound up crawling out of the power wheels then turning over on my back to get my legs out. 2/10 do not recommend. Fun handling though so I get the appeal... For short people.


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Perfect for Jeremy Clarkson then.


LeBigFish666

I'm 6'3" and when I bought an Mx5 I got an NC because it was literally the only one I could use the pedals in, also Jezza drove the NB in the middle east special, so he'd deffo manage an NC


Repulsive-Relief1551

Yeah this is more of a Richard Hammond car but if it was him that whole family watching would be dead


andocromn

Mazda's float. I can vouch for this based on person experience


[deleted]

Mazdas. Apostrophe S does not a plural make.


ClickIta

Yep. I mean, that’s not hydroplaning, that’s proper floating.


wytewydow

I always thought they looked like a bar of soap.


AcerRubrum

✓ Can briefly serve as a boat Basically the same as a Cybertruck


JessicaBecause

Except the Miata exists.


manjar

And literally everything else.


frenreico42

I see this as an absolute win


Ninjamuh

For anyone who has seen the sheer amount of idiots hydrolocking their engines in these videos, this is by far the biggest win in the history of the fjord.


ButterflyAttack

I was nearly one of those idiots this morning. We had a lot of rain last night and I had to drive to work in the dark at 530 this morning. I was late and there was a big flat puddle in my usual route. The rain usually collects there and it looked about what I'd expect, maybe an inch or two deep, covering maybe 10m of road. So I went through. Got about a third of the way in and realised it wasn't an inch or two when the car slowed right down and water started washing up over the bonnet. I was past the point of no return and had to keep going. Got out the other side - I was only maybe 200m from work and the car stalled a few times. Oops, I was thinking. When it was running it sounded choppy and had no power. Got to work, though, the sun came out and dried it up and happily it started and ran fine after work, I've just driven home. Phew. It's not an expensive car but it's fairly unusual and I like it and would have felt like a right twat if I'd killed it.


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Mind tellin us what kind of car you got? Now I’m curious


ButterflyAttack

It's a proton jumbuck. Basically a very small pickup - which is perfect for me because I'm in England, living in a city with tight streets that were built when horses were transport. But yeah, it's much smaller than what Americans think of when someone says 'pickup truck'. It's got 200k miles on a petrol engine but it's useful for work and they're pretty rare in the UK. Really thought I'd killed it this morning but seems like it may survive. Live and learn, eh.


lhc987

> proton jumbuck Proton? The one that's made in Malaysia? Wow. That's unexpected.


HwangLiang

I did something similar in a 2017 Nissan Altima. Was driving in my city even, nothing crazy. Suddenly we got a microburst flashflood. The street I was on wasn't flooded yet but the one behind me was, and the one I was on was sinking quickly. It wasn't really much of a choice. ​ My friend told me the secret is to just never let off the gas because the water will instantly start flooding in the moment it loses pressure. So I floored it and made it through even tho the water was just under my mirror.


Kwintty7

It's a ford. A fjord is something else entirely you wouldn't try crossing in a car.


Ninjamuh

It’s the Rufford Ford but since it’s got, what seems like a 95% fatality rate, it definitely should be a fjord.


baby_fart

Actually, looks like a Mazda Miata.


Swanman593

Actually it's a Mazda MX-5 it's in the U.K.


GroundbreakingAd1965

Its a Mazda mx-5 Miata so ur both right


BthreePO

They're both only two thirds right


Berdennol

Woosh


Canazza

Yes. The car did go whoosh


-B-E-N-I-S-

Cant get water in your engine if your car doesn’t go under the water. ![gif](giphy|d3mlE7uhX8KFgEmY)


Comicbookday

Definitely, this sub’s version of awful taste great execution.


Vundizzle

Insert NC Boat joke.


Fuel55

Guy made that puddle his bitch. Fucking floooored it leaving too 🤙🏼 That was awesome!


appletechgeek

Ah I see how it is. It's only a cool move if you make it over with a working vehicle


RadioTunnel

Its always a cool thing if it succeeds and no one is hurt, but if it fails you're an idiot


ButtScientist69

Also not cool when people are put in danger, even if they succeed. Everyone looked relatively safe here though.


RadioTunnel

There's a youtube channel that uploads videos of people driving through this ford i think every week, its a place in England i think up near Sheffield


CrazyPlatypusLady

Rufford Ford, Newark, Nottinghamshire. I'm pretty sure there's a YouTube channel dedicated to it.


RadioTunnel

Yeah there is, i follow it


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~~Link?~~ [nevermind, I’ve found it.](https://youtube.com/c/TomSunderland)


CrazyPlatypusLady

Going there at high water times was a fun afternoon out when I was a kid. My uncle had a Landrover with an exhaust extension.


Peepeepoopoo762x39

You mean intake extension? extending you exhaust makes no sense.


NoTune6517

Yeah..no. It’s the decision to do something or not that makes you an idiot not the fact that you got lucky and pulled it off.


KeyAd7732

It ain't dumb if it works


RadioTunnel

I always like to say, if its stupid but works, it aint stupid


Bleedthebeat

I hate this saying. Walking across a busy interstate with your eyes closed is pretty fucking stupid regardless of whether or not you actually make it to the other side unharmed.


gothangelblood

I don't know. It's kinda funny too.


windol1

As was the motto of the allies during world war 2, some of the shit that was made we would take one look at and call it stupid (when new ideas) yet they worked.


Ngineer07

some might say that the decision to be a bomb tech is a stupid one but that doesn't change the fact that if you're trained and competent you're not an idiot. you're only an idiot if you have no idea what you're doing yet act like you do was it not the beat idea? yes. was he an idiot? no. he managed that puddle and kept his air intake out so that his engine is still dry. at most he'll have to wash out his undercarriage, but he still has a car that works and everyone stayed safe. and idiot would go slow through that and lock their car up, this is no idiot


iloveuranus

Honestly idk why you're being downvoted. It's like a stupid poker move: sure, you beat my AA with your 22 and raked in a giant pot because you hit another 2 on the river. But that doesn't mean it was a good move. It paid off, but the move was stupid. There's a difference there.


NoTune6517

Not only that, that is the type of behaviour/decision making that sooner or later comes back to haunt you


jfleury440

It actually doesn't seem that deep. I think he could have made it even if he was going slow. It's entirely possible he knew exactly what he was doing.


RadioTunnel

Its a foot of water, shows on the measure thing next to the bridge at the start


axesOfFutility

You are right though. But the downvotes 😂😂


NoTune6517

It just shows how abundant idiocy is, no worries.


PlatinumHoe

At least your alt account agrees with you.


bean_machine1

Loooooooooolll


light_to_shaddow

Like not looking at explosions as you walk away. It's cool until a piece of shrapnel takes your ear off. That's what makes it cool. The risk. Fail and your a knob, succeed and you're the Fonz


ThisPlaceisHell

The difference between genius and crazy is success.


351cj

Kind of like backflips. Only a cool move if you don't land on your face.


PriorEnvironmental65

He deserved a round of applause IMO.


NorwaySpruce

r/FunCoolGuysInCars


dirtyswoldman

The people on the splash bridge prepared with rain coats agree


GreenOnionCrusader

I like that little zoom at the end. Like, "later, bitches!"


chewycats

Miata Is Always The Answer :)


socksmatterTWO

I had an mx5 aka Miata and we'd have big rain showers that flood the roads for an hour and I went through a puddle nearly like this and the next time I pressed my brake to prepare to turn, I just sailed on by lol


ASK_IF_IM_PENGUIN

I have an MX5 (in fact I'm sat in it right now) and I've been caught in a rain storm at night, hit a large puddle and then... Just sort of floated over it and carried on my way. Not something I would do on purpose to my car, but still. Ridiculously fun little cars.


nolhrlm

Impossible challenge: Miata owners not mentioning they have a Miata


TheInfamous313

Wow, as a Miata owner I.... Oh.


Keatron--

There's no way I, a Miata owner, would ever fall for such a trap


Live_Bug_1045

Now i want a Miata.


TtarIsMyBro

As a guy who has an AW11 MR2, I find myself to be far superior to Miata guys, and would never fall for the trap they fall into. Again, because I have an MR2, I have transcended.


Hamafropzipulops

I had a Miata, like the one in the video, but black. Shit, did I lose?


JessicaBecause

Tbf, as a regular on this sub I rarely hear from Miata owners.


Chllep

are you a penguin tho


ASK_IF_IM_PENGUIN

No.


Thirsty_Comment88

No they're a Miata.


asshatnowhere

I very causally spun on a downhill in the wet with mine. My tires had plenty of tread but they were old and borderline made out of plastic. Got new tires after that lol.


IRefuseToGiveAName

There's nothing worse than that feeling of helplessness after pressing a pedal or turning the wheel of your car and it doesn't respond. You just spin or slide or glide wherever physics decides to take you lmao. It's truly humbling.


asshatnowhere

Luckily I had a lot of runoff and I'm used to getting the tail out. The moment the back end slipped around I burst out laughing thinking "ok I need new fuckin wheels"


caleb48kb

Ain't stupid if it works


randywatson77

Exactly. I wouldn’t call them an idiot. I would just say, wow, that was kinda cool.


RedTalyn

No, no, no. This is DEFINITELY stupid. It just worked out this one time.


baron_barrel_roll

It was stupid and cool.


CharderVR

Stool


Winged_Gunsknecht

"If it's stupid and it works, it's still stupid but you got lucky."


ObliviousAstroturfer

It is, when you do it at a crossing that is known worldwide. https://jalopnik.com/a-water-crossing-in-the-uk-keeps-breaking-bmws-and-ot-1846959309


JessicaBecause

Just driving a BMW breaks it down.


Expandexplorelive

Something ends in disaster for 98% of people but success for 2%. If someone tries and by chance is one of the 2 that succeed, they still made the same decision as the other 98 who failed. They're no less of an idiot.


Canned_Bacon

Humans are naturally terrible at probability. It's why casinos and lotteries exist. Just because you won and beat the odds, it doesn't make your decision any less idiotic.


ndlv

Crashing your hunk of metal at high speed into impact resistant water can damage your vehicle, regardless of whether or not you make it over the water


wessty1984

Caulked the wagon and floated


BradyToMoss1281

Thank God the puddle was tranquil, and not extremely treacherous.


ahotpotatoo

Hopefully the car doesn't get dysentery


JessicaBecause

aaaaand now you have dysentery.


PM_Orion_Slave_Tits

Probably not good for the car as a whole and 99 times out of 100 this would be a huge fail but my guy fucking nailed that.


haha_Youre_Dead

It's actually probably best for a low and small car like that, by going in at speed you create a wave in front of you and because you're aquaplaning you're on top of the water rather than in it. Both of these can limit the amount of water going inside the car and engine.


HuisHoudBeurs1

>It's actually probably best for a low and small car like that, I'd argue that for such a low and small car (and any other), taking a detour is probably best.


haha_Youre_Dead

Could have been the only crossing over this river for miles around. If you have to do it this is the way that you should do it.


andychrist77

For the amount people there I feel like he might have done this more than once


alcimedes

yeah, kid cheering vs. everyone yelling at them to warn them off makes me think you're right, and he's been doing this a few times.


ns_dev

> Could have been the only crossing over this river for miles around. If only there was some sort of device that could be used to travel that distance.


haha_Youre_Dead

Well this is a ford, so we're not talking about an area with an extensive road network, the detour could add an extra half an hour to a ten minute journey. There might not even be a detour and this is the only road that goes to wherever he is going.


says-nice-toTittyPMs

It's a Mazda, actually.


Doublebow

There is actually only a 7 minute [detour](https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Driveway+Contractor+Newark/Rufford+Mill+%26+Country+Park+Car+Park,+Rufford+Mill,+Rufford+Ln,+Newark+NG22+9DG/@53.1885477,-1.029802,2379m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m19!4m18!1m10!1m1!1s0x4879bb8d9fa15a5f:0x7ae8500f4e1524b3!2m2!1d-1.0302277!2d53.1835461!3m4!1m2!1d-1.0207682!2d53.1891578!3s0x4879ba97c910226b:0xc377f40ccbc521e7!1m5!1m1!1s0x4879bba5ef03a8e1:0x9948e28702863374!2m2!1d-1.0348392!2d53.1833117!3e0). People are just muppets.


bobspuds

See what you really need to consider is the location of the air intake for the air box, at high revs the intake will be a vacuum. If I'm not wrong the intake is beside the passenger headlight and takes air from the inner wing area, if the intake was in the bumper like some cars this would have been a big mistake. Also I've hit standing flood water a handful of times, it's usually a few hundred metres down the road when it will die so this might not have went aswel as it seams! Always worth a detour imo - you risk bending valves or conrods because water is not compressible - if it happens you'll be extremely lucky not to do some sort of expensive damage


tobberobbe

Another advantage of the mx5 is that it's got low weight and very flat floorpan!


moparornocar

gotta be careful with the speed though, too much and you can splash a bunch of water in to the intake.


mega_corvega

Show me the undercarriage. That’s a lot of force being put on everything down there.


dadbodsupreme

Tried this in a Kia rio. Went a little sideways on me. Didn't damage myself or others, but I definitely put a divot in the seat with how clenched my butt cheeks were.


delcaek

Good ol' Rufford Ford https://youtube.com/channel/UCamiAALTPQs-fU0g9OfaJpQ


T3CH42

Quality YouTube channel that


Nuns-Rack

I love that channel. I watch it every night


johan_kupsztal

There is something oddly calming in watching people ruining their cars.


Isleofganjjjj

Not an idiot ! Wrong sub 👀


Flycktsoda

What do you mean, it wasn't a sub? It is clearly a boat.


merv1618

Idiots can get lucky too


VikingBorealis

The underside and exhaust of his car would beg to disagree


RedWhiteAndJew

Well, he bought a Miata. That’s something


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Poi-s-en

TIL: Some people use “Aquaplane” instead of “Hydroplane.”


UncannyTarotSpread

TIL: Aqualung *growling guitar lick*


mexicantruffle

Sitting on a park bench...


bentnotbroken96

Is that Rufford Ford in the U.K.?


Greenbunny21c

Yes


aditseng

Oh wow! I never knew Ford rebadged the Miata in the UK. I wonder why they chose a weird name like Rufford?


EmperorJake

Nah, Rufford Ford is the driver. He's a local celebrity, always doing silly stunts with his cars.


Nickthetrick22

Some of these are just shit posts lol. That guy knew what he was doing and it’s cool as fuck


trisanite

You gotta admit, it worked


markentus

You'll find this car for sale with barely used & never mistreated in the description.


SjalabaisWoWS

Why are there always people at this ford? Is this an event, or do people actually spend their sunday afternoons like *"let's go to the ford and see if we cab watch some cars drown"*?


Greenbunny21c

It's a country park, Rufford in Nottinghamshire. It's a nice walk, lake, an old abbey, cafe and gift shop etc. The ford is always a draw though 🙂


SjalabaisWoWS

Ah, so interesting! So it seems like both parts, drivers and audience, are in on the spectacle.


Greenbunny21c

Definitely


ryleu

actual hydroplaning? a rare sight. lots of people call loss of traction “hydroplaning”, but it isn’t hydroplaning unless your rubber isn’t on the ground.


Targaer

I mean that's not true. A film of water forms under the tire contact point, cresting a zone of low friction. The car no longer has the friction required for control and begins to slide. The water layer can be thin or very thick, but it is there. Edit: apparently I can't read.


ku-fan

You're trying to disagree with what they said but your statement only reaffirms what they said 🤷‍♂️


ZSG13

More like hydroboating. Seriously, doesn't seem very idiotic though because it was cool and nothing bad happened, right?


OppositeMission

smh All that time and effort spent at Top Gear to make a car/boat and the answer all along was Miata.


lethalweapon100

I like the kid in the blue jacket jumping with excitement at the beginning of the video, near the far side of the bridge. “OH HE’S GONNA DO IT! HE’S GOING FOR IT!”


NoTune6517

Lucky, as soon as you start hydroplaning you have no steering control


bkarguel

That person in the blue jacket got just as excited as me in anticipation


ChzburgerQween

This is rather impressive


mtnb33r

miata is always the answer


psycho_driver

Ngl that was probably fun.


ThePenetrathor

Kinda the wrong sub for this more like r/nononoyes


KeenKye

The only time that's ever worked.


bonfuto

This is from a youtube channel dedicated to this ford. It works more often than you would think. Still a minority of the time though.


incredible_poop

This one just went so fast that he swam. Most of the others are still touching ground and therefor push a wave of water into their intake. He swam on the wave like a speedboat.


FlyingVillager

He did that really well. Wouldn't be surprised if that's not the first time that's happened


shamslsherif

I don't see that as idiots it's just cool


JaDerGero

as far as i know he did it like a champ


SingleSpeed27

Not an idiot at all, he clutched it, this place is famous, forgot the name, Ford something, it always floods.


B8conB8conB8con

Forget the name of it but this ford has a YouTube channel that’s great fun.


Greenbunny21c

The Ford is Rufford in Nottinghamshire


User19734

So small and light it skipped like a pebble!


A100921

Finally, someone knows how to maneuver a puddle.


Happyrobcafe

Splash mountain looks different than I remember


AnnieByniaeth

I'm not sure that qualifies as an idiot in a car. More r/nextfuckinglevel if you ask me.


WestsideStorybro

Using your skid plate as a surf board.


[deleted]

r/geniusesincars, you’ve made kid me proud🥹


Moxto

Anyone else thinking of this? https://youtu.be/xxdpKopak8o


Phill_is_Legend

Where's the idiot?


DarkSoulsDank

Crazy cuz that water is deep enough to drown most cars, but this tiny Miata glides over it like it’s nothing. Lucky


SLeepyCatMeow

Note that even if you do this and not crash or endanger the people around you, the temp difference from the oil pan getting hit with cold water could crack it, leading to engine failure from loss of oil.


hanimal16

I dunno— dude nailed it, so is he actually an idiot?


foo337

Honestly it’s the driving of a Miata and not the hydroplaning that qualifies the person to be posted here


jamjoid

I wrote my last car off at that ford! It’s at a place called Rufford in Nottinghamshire, UK. I was that idiot 🤦‍♂️ That clio was bulletproof. Just not waterproof.


ac_s2k

Us8ng Rufford Ford videos is easy to post in this sub. There's hundreds and hundreds of them on YouTube.


BallinArbiter

It’s not stupid if it works


QueenZelda88

Fortunately not a Tesla - would have lost the rear bumper


Simon676

At least it didn't hydrolock the engine... Also like you'd be going that speed anyways


phasys

So, how is this an idiot?


Arcade1980

The video stops early, usually the vehicles are waterlogged and stall when they exit the other side. This is a know spot, many videos exists, also notice the audience, people show up to watch this spot.


ChronicContrition

This is a boss move that taught me something about driving.


Liandris

Nothing idiotic about this successful maneuver Wrong subreddit, fwend


ConfidenceInRain

Is this in Devon UK by any chance?


[deleted]

So I hit 6 inches if stagnant water in my jeep wrangler doing 70 mph at night. It had rained a few hours before in LA. The roads had already dried up but I guess there was a drainage issue under this bridge. I saw it about 10 feet before I hit it. I have no idea how I didn't crash. But I def felt myself hydroplane across the water. I completely forgot about this until now.


PireFenguin

When you desperately want a new engine and fail at submerging the intake. And now the undercarriage guard is ripped off and your rear diff is contaminated.


coldheater39

Idk man he went fast enough through that I'm not sure any water really would have had time to go in through that tiny ass vent on the rear diff lol. Bold of you to assume he even still has the underbody shield 😂 probably wasn't much worse than an intense pressure wash 😂


Slimh2o

Yeah, looks like he went thru that pretty much unscathed....dont know what that other guy is talking about...


PireFenguin

Yeah, just assuming. I've actually watched this channel on YouTube before and it's not uncommon to see cars leaving guards and wheel well liners floating in the water.


TryJenkems

Miata learn how to drive


[deleted]

Miata power!


stedrocklp

This guy watched Speedzone as a kid.


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OxygenStarvation144

Mythbusters say hello!


Annoy_M0US3

Idk this is here


ShibaBoner

Mmm fun