The last time the hosts of the YouTube channel Fast Furious & Funny teamed up with Vsauce, they figured out how many rubber bands it took to lift a car. Now, they’re back together again wondering how much tape could do the same job.
The players are a crane, “a lot of sticky tape” and a 2002 Ford Mondeo, weighing 1,500 kilograms. The tape specifically being used is British Sellotape, which is similar in idea to Scotch Tape in the United States (this blog points out some of the differences and says Sellotape is stronger).
The tape is only put on the sides of the car, not drawn underneath to support the weight because, as Vsauce says, “I only want to test how sticky the tape is.
Ultimately, they used 20 rolls adding up to 75 pieces of tape. According to Vsauce, this means that each strand will need to hold 20 kilos.
Does it stick even with the wind and issue of balancing the car equally?
Watch the video to see for yourself:
As the frame of the car — not yet the wheels — begin to lift, VSauce points out that “the tape is not happy.” Ultimately, the wheels don’t even get off the ground before it snaps.
The group goes on to try the experiment again with a hopefully stronger, thicker type of tape. Seventy-five strands of the thicker variety was able to do the job.
“She is up,” a Fast Furious & Funny host said.
Once the car is up in the air a considerable distance, the hosts taunt the crane operator to wiggle the car, trying to coax the tape to break. That not working, they bring the car back to the ground and cut a few of the strands. What they found is that the car would lift with between 60 to 70 strands of the thick Sellotape but no less.
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