When it comes to jumping cars, it’s hard to beat the iconic jump performed by Burt Reynolds in his black 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am in the iconic Smokey and the Bandit movie. Now, it seems as though there may be another Firebird jump to rival the iconic Burt Reynold jump, as YouTubers strapped rockets to the rear of a fourth-generation Firebird in an attempt to cover a football field.
Conceptualized as a collaborative effort between two popular YouTube channels – Mr. Beast and Donut Media – this outlandish attempt is one step above other car jumping projects, as the vehicle has seven miniature rockets providing additional thrust. Donut Media started out with a 1997 Pontiac Firebird powered by the 3.8L V6 L36 engine, which is rated from the factory at 205 horsepower and 230 pound-feet of torque. This old engine wasn’t going to to cut it, so Donut Media elicited the help of another popular YouTuber, Warped Perception, to fit the Firebird with rockets.
With all seven rockets functioning properly, this unlucky Firebird produces 550 pounds of thrust, which compliments the L36 V6 nicely. This combination was thought to result in enough speed to be able to clear the football field.
For the sake of comparison, a 2002 Pontiac Firebird also made an attempt. Even with the 5.7L V8 LS1 pushing out 310 horsepower and 335 pound-feet of torque, without the additional thrust of the rockets, this Firebird didn’t make it very far, and crashed into the fifth school bus in the row. Not to be outdone, the Jet-powered Firebird managed to clear an additional three buses, rocketing over a total of nine Bluebirds. Not too shabby for a project that only lasted 30 days.
It’s worth noting that both vehicles were rigged with remote controllers to control the steering and throttle, as well as a brick for the non jet-powered Firebird. As such, no one was harmed in this stunt. To watch the action unfold, check out the video linked above.