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We've seen air guns launching a lot of things before. Potatoes. Fruits. Missiles. But certainly not cars. This one here, does exactly that.

Invented by Hal Needham, the nitrogen powered straight fire cannon is a tool for modern vehicle stunts. Or for cars that have a death wish. Often used in film and television, these shots are considered too dangerous to be performed by actual stunt drivers, so that's why you launch them out. Check out the video below:



The cannon also comes in a miniaturized version designed to launch cars into barrel rolls, rather than swan dives.

"We managed seven-and-three-quarter turns." Gary Powell, professional stunt driver, told the Sun. "And it was more difficult than it sounds because the Aston is built so well that it wouldn't turn over from a ramp. We had to put a nitrogen air cannon in the car to make it flip and the director, Martin Campbell, wanted the shot done in one take."

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