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    Feb 16, 2007, 7:35 PM - #1

    Hello all,

    We're setting up to do the Knight Rider drive-up-a-ramp-and-into-a-truck stunt on the show.

    If anyone can point me to a replica KITT that we can rent/use/borrow for the segment, we'd be much obliged. Any info you have should be sent to my field producer Latrice Beal, latrice_beal@beyond.com.au.
    It's not required to do the stunt, but it'd be great.

    Thanks all.

    adam
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    Feb 16, 2007, 7:58 PM - #2

    I know there is at least one Kitt car replica in the Bay area as I have seen it parked outside, err, by, a strip club my last visit, to,,, the, Bay area....

    Kandy,
    if your reading this, girl, pow.
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    Feb 16, 2007, 8:04 PM - #3

    Adam,

    Screw Kitt. think back to 80's video games....Spyhunter.....

    You could do oil slicks machine guns and all kinds of other bits. I bet it would be cheaper than getting the rights to Knight rider too.

    Oh and did you all ever try to shoot guns at each other and see if you could make the bullets hit and fall where they impacted?



    pat
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    Feb 16, 2007, 8:16 PM - #4

    I'd love to see the Mythbusters tackle the flour explosion from Sleepy Hollow.
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    Feb 16, 2007, 8:25 PM - #5

    Try Here

    www.knightregistries.com

    or here

    http://knightfoundation.net/

    They might be able to help
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    Feb 16, 2007, 8:26 PM - #6

    Adam,

    there is a guy in FLA that sells KR / Kitt parts on Ebay.
    IIRC he has some cars.
    perhaps someone here knows him or search Ebay for Kitt info.

    john
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    Feb 16, 2007, 8:42 PM - #7

    I'm sure anyone would be proud to have their K.I.T.T. featured on Mythbusters (even though there is a chance that a 20 metre rig isn't sufficient stopping distance at 60MPH without kickass ceramic brakes like an F1 car.) but wasn't that stunt first performed in The Italian Job? or even before? or are we just going for the fact that this stunt was performed every week for the best part of the 80's (and beyond thanks to dvd.) and will be really familiar to everyone. Can't wait to see how this'll turn out.
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    Feb 16, 2007, 8:59 PM - #8

    I look forward to seeing what ever you come up with on this. I believe that you can dreive a car into a stationary truck. The car driving into a moving truck is the one that is moving 50 mph, is definitely something for myth busters (and good brakes)



    This, of course is a wasted post; I don't know where to find a black trans-am. Sorry.

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    Feb 16, 2007, 9:03 PM - #9

    Cool idea for a show, but since they obviously didn't CG or bluescreen it in the KR episodes, I don't know what 'myth' there is to 'bust'...

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    Feb 16, 2007, 9:05 PM - #10

    Sent you a PM, Bro.

    - Rylo
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    Feb 16, 2007, 9:09 PM - #11

    I'd hate to see what happens to some poor guy's replica KITT car if the stunt goes bad.
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    Feb 16, 2007, 9:25 PM - #12

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(LZeitgeist @ Feb 16 2007, 10:03 PM) [snapback]1420593[/snapback]</div>
    Cool idea for a show, but since they obviously didn't CG or bluescreen it in the KR episodes, I don't know what 'myth' there is to 'bust'...
    [/b]

    Yeah I've gotta agree with ya.
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    Feb 16, 2007, 9:38 PM - #13

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(LZeitgeist @ Feb 17 2007, 03:03 AM) [snapback]1420593[/snapback]</div>
    Cool idea for a show, but since they obviously didn't CG or bluescreen it in the KR episodes, I don't know what 'myth' there is to 'bust'...
    [/b]

    A truck is traveling at 50 mph down the road and lowers its tailgate (ramp) for a car to drive up. The car driving behind the truck is also traveling at 50 mph. Their net speed is zero. Then the car accellerate to 55 mph to enter the truck; their net speed is 5 mph only as long as the rear tire (drive tire) is on pavement. The instant the rear tire touches the ramp, it is part of the truck, and now traveling at 55mph into the truck and have to come to a complete stop in 30 feet before you crash into the cab of the truck.

    If anyone can build a braking system for this, the Myth Busters can. (And I want to see it)
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    Feb 16, 2007, 9:54 PM - #14

    Well you have to think when that tire hits the ramp it probably won't just grab on and go, there will be some spin involved for the first second or so with the rubber on metal, and the ramp is angled upward so as long as you hit the brakes quick......


    Aww who am I kidding....SPLAT..

    What about that KITT from Benchwarmers. They let Lovitz drive it, they're sure to let you guys have it.
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    Feb 16, 2007, 10:16 PM - #15

    They did this same stunt in the original Italian Job with Michael Caine. They do it where I believe several minis are parked in the back of the truck. The special features talks about this particular stunt quite a bit actually.

    Nick
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    Feb 16, 2007, 10:25 PM - #16



    Since generally at the end of the myth busting efforts they go whole hog and try something extreme,

    Two words...

    Turbo boost.


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    Feb 16, 2007, 10:32 PM - #17

    And I'm of the opinion we're discounting the transmission as well. I have no basis in physics to believe anything I'm about to say, it's all based on my driving experience.

    It's hard to keep a car moving forward at 50 mph. Yes, it's hard to stop, but any sharp incline (like the incline of a ramp to the 4' deck of a truck) will greatly reduce the momentum of the car. Assuming the car has a clutch, if the car is going 50 MPH, the truck would simply move in front of the car and quickly slow down as the driver of the car engages the clutch and thereby disengages the engine. Not only do you have to account for the incline, but also the change in traction between the asphalt road and metal ramps.


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    Feb 16, 2007, 10:42 PM - #18

    keep in mind that they do stunts like this all the time with untrained amatuers on Fear Factor. Not an enclosed truck but a flat bed. A truck none the less.
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    Feb 17, 2007, 12:14 AM - #19

    Here is contact info for the foundation:

    admin@knightfoundation.net
    niltonknight@knightfoundation.net
    bomcd@knightfoundation.net

    By this site there are 17 listed as completed...
    And, do you need a driver? I'd love to do this trick.

    Very cool, can't wait to see it on the show.

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    Feb 17, 2007, 12:17 AM - #20

    While I'll admit that the KITT factor would be cool, I don't see why the stunt couldn't be attempted with a readily available early to mid eighties trans am.

    Go to new jersey - people there still think that those are cool cars to drive

    But I would love to see you guys pull off the turbo boost thing. I don't know if the show used jump ramps or comressed air or a combination of the two, but I've wanted a car with turbo boost since I was 8 years old.

    -Fred

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    Feb 17, 2007, 12:18 AM - #21

    Since it is on TV, you can't ever tell if it's real or not. They might have been traveling at 3 MPH when they did it, and played it back faster or had the whole rig (back of a truck, piece of road and KITT on a bigger truck) whatever.


    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(clonesix @ Feb 16 2007, 07:38 PM) [snapback]1420607[/snapback]</div>
    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(LZeitgeist @ Feb 17 2007, 03:03 AM) [snapback]1420593[/snapback]
    Cool idea for a show, but since they obviously didn't CG or bluescreen it in the KR episodes, I don't know what 'myth' there is to 'bust'...
    [/b]

    A truck is traveling at 50 mph down the road and lowers its tailgate (ramp) for a car to drive up. The car driving behind the truck is also traveling at 50 mph. Their net speed is zero. Then the car accellerate to 55 mph to enter the truck; their net speed is 5 mph only as long as the rear tire (drive tire) is on pavement. The instant the rear tire touches the ramp, it is part of the truck, and now traveling at 55mph into the truck and have to come to a complete stop in 30 feet before you crash into the cab of the truck.

    If anyone can build a braking system for this, the Myth Busters can. (And I want to see it)
    [/b][/quote]
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    Feb 17, 2007, 1:11 AM - #22

    It's more likely that the did this in segments.

    Segment 1: shot of car driving up behind truck and ramp lowers. CUT.

    Put car onto ramp. get truck rolling. ACTION

    Segment 2: car moves up ramp (probably being pulled by cable) into truck.

    Apply editing




    BTW Has anyone located a KITT? as this thread was intended to do
  23. GeneralMayhem is offline GeneralMayhem
    Feb 17, 2007, 1:30 AM - #23

    Looking forward to seeing the stunt.
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    Feb 17, 2007, 3:11 AM - #24

    Bah, it's all about momentum.

    I think a bigger mystery is why David Hasslehoff still has a career.
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    Feb 17, 2007, 4:20 AM - #25

    Gegegege, indeed. He should have pursued his singing career...

    "I've been looking for freedom..."

    Well, for some strange reason KITT is being discussed on the Robocop forum:

    Links to youtube

    Hope it's any help...

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