Easily, the Pepsi-sponsored video of a disguised Jeff Gordon giving an unsuspecting car salesman the scare of his life with a Chevrolet Camaro test drive is the video that wins the Internet this week. But upon further inspection, a few things don’t add up, and in conclusion, the entire event seems to be staged.
Watching it a few times, over and over, exposes the inconsistencies A very obvious one is that the Chevy supposedly tested in the video is a black 2009 Camaro V6. The fifth-generation Camaro’s youngest model year is 2010. Additionally, when the video cuts to the interior, we notice that — aside from the rigged cup holder cradling a can of Pepsi — the steering wheel and GPS system are those of a 2013 Camaro.
Then there’s the engine sound. That’s definitely the sound of an LS3 V8 from an SS model. So what we have is a “09” Camaro V6″ as the star, while the stunt double was a 2013 Camaro SS. There’s also evidence of multiple wheel marks where the Camaro rests, a sign of multiple takes.
And what of Jeff Gordon, and the salesman? According to a local newspaper, it was racer Brad Noffsinger who did all the stunt driving, and not the guy who is only used to driving in circles. The salesman is also probably an actor, though we’re sure those emotions felt in the Camaro while it was performing automotive parkour were very real.