Why some slow cars FEEL fast

Ever wonder why certain cars give you a rush while others don't, even at the same speed? Well there's tons of science and math behind why some cars feel fast and others don't. we look at the difference between Speed and Acceleration, the phenomenon of "Jerk", and how the manufacturers can even tune in a sense of speed. Everything from the suspension to the chassis, to the windows come into play. In this video we explore how much a drivers sense of speed can be affected, and just how susceptible our host Jeramiah really is to all of it.
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  1. HUNK


    Soat oldin

    I drove my girlfriends sisters Civic a few times and when I was doing 50 I thought I was flying down the highway doing 100. Although on my motorcycle, 50 feels like residential zone speeds.

  2. Mark Peterson

    Mark Peterson

    5 soat oldin

    I'll have to avoid every video from 2020 for the rest of my life. If i have to see one more person wearing a face diaper... Don't be a sheep.

  3. Jacob Bell

    Jacob Bell

    6 soat oldin

    It’s more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow. -David Freiburger

  4. Stephano X

    Stephano X

    9 soat oldin

    So @ 7:00 explains why you always got a lifted dodge ram right on your bumper when you’re driving😂

  5. Unknow0059


    11 soat oldin

    00:20 this sounds like God Hand music. this was a really fun video.

  6. Andrew Flynn

    Andrew Flynn

    12 soat oldin

    The survey was done poorly, you shouldn't have been told how fast you were actually going, this allowed you to get better at guessing speed over time and influenced the results.

  7. Orifha Mbedzi

    Orifha Mbedzi

    13 soat oldin

    Something about this dude's face resembles Ayrton Senna

  8. Maxwell Perez

    Maxwell Perez

    17 soat oldin

    I want to see you track the Miata again to see the improvements after the cooling system

  9. Chrispewkreme


    21 soat oldin

    Irk man S2Ks don’t feel fast

  10. Sunnique Crombie

    Sunnique Crombie

    23 soat oldin

    I want that hat

  11. Rodrigo Silva

    Rodrigo Silva

    Kun oldin

    69 B A S S

  12. jason lavergne

    jason lavergne

    Kun oldin

    Pulled a straight up Brain Games over here

  13. Lucas F

    Lucas F

    Kun oldin

    7:35, does he really need to cover his mouth as well...? *Remembers corona* oh yeah nevermind

  14. Bader Alaraimi

    Bader Alaraimi

    Kun oldin

    captain disillusion is your brother?

  15. ReZ AmPz

    ReZ AmPz

    Kun oldin

    Whats with the reeses puff commercial vibes

  16. GETCHA_PULL665


    Kun oldin


  17. DavieDrum98


    2 kun oldin

    Donut Media... I'm an aspiring professional racing driver currently in Formula 4, and I just came across the biggest piece of information for me moving forward - and it definitely wasnt about what makes a slow car feel fast. Thank you for this video guys... Wow.

  18. Zerotwo Two

    Zerotwo Two

    2 kun oldin


  19. Onimod PL

    Onimod PL

    2 kun oldin


  20. mastersvante


    2 kun oldin

    its like when i drive a dirtbike it feels 30mph faster than my dads car

  21. Edsel Earl Dausen Convento

    Edsel Earl Dausen Convento

    2 kun oldin


  22. Neil Gibbons

    Neil Gibbons

    2 kun oldin

    I remember when this used to be a normal car program

  23. It’s Lucas

    It’s Lucas

    3 kun oldin

    Heeyh my FRS isn’t a slow car >:(

  24. Huey Iroquois

    Huey Iroquois

    3 kun oldin

    I used to know someone who told me that he preferred driving a VW Karmann Ghia to his Packard with pneumatic suspension, because it felt faster at 50 than the Packard did at 90.

  25. steve2122


    3 kun oldin

    Not gonna lie.. pretty stoked for the upcoming NVH Department's new album! \m/

  26. Pharoahe F34

    Pharoahe F34

    3 kun oldin

    @DonutMedia OHHHHHHHH THAT'S WHY.... it all makes sense now.

  27. MagicD3VIL the 2nd

    MagicD3VIL the 2nd

    3 kun oldin

    Listening to Eurobeat makes you feel like driving faster than you actually are

  28. Timo D.

    Timo D.

    3 kun oldin

    Love it!! It's like Science Garage reborn!! ❤❤

  29. Alex Lopez

    Alex Lopez

    3 kun oldin

    Amazed that no Vtec reference/vid was used....

  30. Merphine Correia

    Merphine Correia

    3 kun oldin

    dude i hate physicys

  31. Dan Du P

    Dan Du P

    3 kun oldin

    Did anybody else question the effectiveness of the blindfolded+ear-muffed "test" of guessing speed? I mean how was Jeramiah able to hear how far off his prediction was if his ear plugs and ear muffs were actually effective? Even if he was hearing Joey electronically via the headphones from the microphone Joey was using, that means he'd also be hearing the engine noises that the mic picked up, right?

  32. Speed Undead

    Speed Undead

    3 kun oldin

    Why did you leave Blink-182?? :(

  33. Ρομέο GR

    Ρομέο GR

    3 kun oldin

    Very good video...reasoning, images eveything very good! And try to keep this way of speaking....without the shouts and the useless things that we listen in other similar videos. So , the final conclusion could be that a tuned , hard and a bit noisy car might actually slow down the driver. If in relatively low speed I feel like going fast...I don't need to go faster!!

  34. madtabby66


    4 kun oldin

    My pickup is bad for that. You just don't realize how fast you're going.

  35. Deniz Oz

    Deniz Oz

    4 kun oldin


  36. Brandon Aynesmay

    Brandon Aynesmay

    4 kun oldin

    I guess that's why some cars have shit visibility in the rear to make it feel faster so you go slower. I question those who backup too slow if they can actually see or are waiting for that thump. :)

  37. joel ramirez

    joel ramirez

    4 kun oldin

    Muscle memory doesn’t exist

  38. Toby Richmond

    Toby Richmond

    4 kun oldin

    Timeless driving proverb #1: "It's more fun to drive a slow car fast, than it is to drive a fast car slow".

  39. Silver Shine

    Silver Shine

    4 kun oldin

    Ah so that’s why a ricers car is so slow 😂

  40. Francis Atobra

    Francis Atobra

    4 kun oldin

    Why does donut media teach physics better than my teacher?

  41. Abhijeet Ghoshal

    Abhijeet Ghoshal

    4 kun oldin

    Also, this video felt much slower because it had so much new information and so much going on that by the end of it I thought a lot of time has passed but it's just a 12 mins video.

  42. Hunter


    4 kun oldin

    So my 86 4runner should feel like a jet at terminal velocity

  43. Finnish Fatman

    Finnish Fatman

    4 kun oldin

    Every young man ever certainly knows the effects of jerk and acceleration and how it sometimes makes things feel faster... Ok that was 100% nonsense. I don't know what I'm even talking about...

  44. bsldesigns


    5 kun oldin

    You all really fascinated me with the facts and science here. Thank you

  45. Isaiah Dunphy

    Isaiah Dunphy

    5 kun oldin

    i have a buick lesabre and i go 90 thinking i’m going 50 and then drive my moms hyundai tucson driving 50 feeling like i’m going 90

  46. Luis Batres

    Luis Batres

    5 kun oldin

    That's why my si feel a lot faster than my Camry at the same speed! Makes sense now

  47. 3ISTURK -

    3ISTURK -

    5 kun oldin

    Guys this could’ve been 5 minutes

  48. Jason Bales

    Jason Bales

    5 kun oldin

    I bought a used toyota Corola as a daily runner to save on fuel... It has the opposite issue. It feels like I'm barely doing the speed limit, look down at the speedometer and I'm doing 80 MPH in a 55.

  49. gregfox


    6 kun oldin

    I swear the people where I live with the giant SUV’s and trucks all drive like fucking maniacs and the people with fast small cars are really chill Could also be small pp syndrome though

  50. Gil Xav

    Gil Xav

    6 kun oldin

    The theory of relativity

  51. Ted Teddy

    Ted Teddy

    6 kun oldin

    ill say this, i haven't had a working speedometer or rpm for over a year now and somehow i seem to gauge my speed quite well within a 10km/h guestimate that video never changed speed for me either

  52. F. Huff

    F. Huff

    6 kun oldin

    You want a real buzz try driving a 58-61 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite. At 50 MPH it feels more like 80, and if you can hit 80 on a country road it feels so fast the police pistol whipping you before an arrest would be justified. A friend had one and just the speed limits was a rush. By the way, you can reach your arm over the top of the door and drag your fingers on the ground.

  53. Kaleb Fernandes

    Kaleb Fernandes

    6 kun oldin

    I can all all that with any hat 🧢 😂

  54. Eli In the Wolverine State

    Eli In the Wolverine State

    6 kun oldin

    My old wagoneer with pos shocks is like the millennium falcon in hyper space shifting into 3 rd gear about 50mph.

  55. Sssaga Benches

    Sssaga Benches

    6 kun oldin

    Gonna tell this to the cop next time he stops me for racing 32 km/h in 30 km/h zone.

  56. Davon Stevens

    Davon Stevens

    6 kun oldin

    When I drive my car in manual mode it feels faster, even at lower speeds lol it’s funny and fun to drive that way

  57. Sssaga Benches

    Sssaga Benches

    6 kun oldin

    I enjoy driving '98 Civic the most on curvy mountain roads. The best feeling ewven though i drive mostly 80-110 km/h. 90 PS / 988 Kg... yeah, slow on straight road.

  58. mk6dom


    6 kun oldin

    i think if you drive really slow, lets say 10mph for a while and then went up to 30mph that would feel really quick, but thats because its in comparison to 10mph, but if you did 70mph and went down to 30mph that would feel really slow. So i guess its also due to getting used to it? anther one would be your speed compared to other drivers on the motorway/highway, or even something as simple as going changing lanes as the barriers will be closer/further so it will feel quicker/slower

  59. SVGLNR


    6 kun oldin

    Why it feels great driving a grocery cart.

  60. Mr. Flexy

    Mr. Flexy

    7 kun oldin

    35 MPH feels like 10 MPH to me lol

  61. Philadelphia W Dustwater

    Philadelphia W Dustwater

    7 kun oldin

    11:42 speak for yourself dude 😂😂

  62. Philadelphia W Dustwater

    Philadelphia W Dustwater

    7 kun oldin

    My 2007 Mazdaspeed 3 felt fast at all times

  63. Alexapexgod


    7 kun oldin

    Are they really were in a mask in the car

  64. Jay Barker

    Jay Barker

    7 kun oldin

    I tell people that my '83 Porsche 928-s2 is 'slow as shit BUT FAST AS HELL'...and it IS...Factory Minimum Performance specs are: 1/4 Mile in 14 sec. flat & 100 MPH even ( SLOW as SHIT, Right?) BUT I go thru the traps STILL winding up 3rd GEAR!! I can 'slip the clutch ',get it rolling in 3rd Gear and run out of 3rd Gear at about 112 MPH!!! Factory minimum top speed is listed at 182 MPH* Actual top speed determined by aerodynamic drag--Top recorded speed 202 mph ( FAST AS HELL!) It's MUCH SAFER to drive a FAST car HARD ,& SLOW than to drive a SLOW CAR Hard & FAST. Just as much fun too... You were shocked at doing 75->90 on the Express way. That's the speed I come onto the Interstate with in 4th gear...

  65. Goldenhordemilo


    7 kun oldin

    i drove for months without a speedo cable and lived in a 70kph zone

  66. 65 - Ravitosh Sarwan

    65 - Ravitosh Sarwan

    7 kun oldin

    Now he's never gonna get a sponsorship from BMW.

  67. Hug Stunts

    Hug Stunts

    7 kun oldin

    Perfect for Shreddiiiiinnnggg

  68. celica


    7 kun oldin

    9:59 I can totally relate to it when my first car was the 90' rover mini 1000. When the first time I drove that thing, I can barely follow the flow of traffic bc it was too hectic for me, it bumps, its loud, brake is weak, shifting is difficult, its like watching world from completely different perspective.

  69. Is Carr

    Is Carr

    8 kun oldin

    my 08 camry 4 banger feels fast to me, even though its slow.

  70. Isaacs Random Videos

    Isaacs Random Videos

    8 kun oldin

    I mean, I think a Subaru 2.0t is a fast car, so, I wonder what a faster car feels like.

  71. Isaacs Random Videos

    Isaacs Random Videos

    8 kun oldin

    *_This also is a way to make your car feel faster_* More low to the ground means, feels faster, also, if you remove sound protection, it will feel faster aswell. Drive a go cart, drive one normally, then drive one that’s been lifted up.

  72. Jordan Thomson

    Jordan Thomson

    8 kun oldin


  73. Alec Owens

    Alec Owens

    8 kun oldin

    I wanted to know the answer but I never made it after all the UZtopr saying like like and subscribe and comment and push the bell notification and buy our king cobra Kentucky hat and while ur at it buy the merch to help support the channel and allow us to give u content..... oh yea today we have a sponsor to help fun our thing it’s very beneficial buy our stuff yes..... can u just get to the point my guy?

  74. Mercedeez-Nuts GeeG 6x6x6

    Mercedeez-Nuts GeeG 6x6x6

    8 kun oldin

    i dont get the m badge joke im retarted can someone explain



    8 kun oldin

    If feels dangerous it feels fast

  76. Warren decarolis

    Warren decarolis

    8 kun oldin

    John deere 7810

  77. thatswhatshesaid


    8 kun oldin

    "Slow car that feels fast" that is such a good roast in a way 😂

  78. J K

    J K

    8 kun oldin

    My 88 Trans Am feels safer driving faster because of it's design, although because apparently my speedometer is off 80mph feels like 60mph because the Speedometer says so! Had my Beast for 5-6yrs and still "forget" how fast I'm Actually going...Now my Impala SS 100mph feels like 70 on the straight away but there's no way in Hell would I want to take a curve at that speed because of the Shit stock suspension! Unless maybe it was on a track but still I wouldn't trust that BS stock suspension

  79. MrOneye


    8 kun oldin

    I'm not into cars but these videos you guys make are awesome. I've only learned how to drive recently with a Triton e250 and now 5 speed passat. I know now what I've been feeling in the differences. But since I've always paid attention to my Dino I could guess the speed better on the sedan than the van. Now I know why. Liked the video, lots.

  80. PJ Broke

    PJ Broke

    8 kun oldin

    If you play beamng drive and set the FOV on the fly with your controller, you can get a perception of how FOV affects your perception of speed.

  81. PJ Broke

    PJ Broke

    8 kun oldin

    Mirage owners be like “nah my car just feels slow” But if you own one you know how it feels at 70 mph

  82. 1L-19


    8 kun oldin

    9:35 A good illustration of jerk is in this video: . The pilot's head always snaps forward at the end of the cat shot. Why? He experiences a step-change in acceleration coming off the bow of the carrier. The catapult accelerates the jet at about 3.5g. When it goes off the end of the ship, the jet in full burner without the push of the catapult gives them much less acceleration.

  83. 1L-19


    8 kun oldin

    6:53 That's what I figured, feeling faster was mainly a function of being closer to the ground in a low car. I still think that's true. When I went from driving a Camry to a RAV4, I was a total lead-foot. I felt like the vehicle just wasn't getting up to speed, I was really putting my foot into it, then looking down at the speedometer and being surprised that I was doing 70 in a 55 zone.

  84. 1L-19


    8 kun oldin

    Of course you can't feel speed. If you could, being in an airliner at 600 MPH would be a harrowing ride.

  85. マンバrrican


    8 kun oldin

    This is why it's much more fun to drive on country roads than the highway.

  86. J Clark

    J Clark

    9 kun oldin

    Dude, as a former rock band van driver, you forgot my favorite part... The Sway of taking a turn! Nobody cares if you're keeping to the speed limit when you round a curve on two wheels! :D

  87. Edgar Michaus

    Edgar Michaus

    9 kun oldin

    That ///M badge comment got my feelings hurting

  88. Ali Ozdil

    Ali Ozdil

    9 kun oldin

    I cruise at 140 mph on the motorway in my 730d f01 it feels like 80

  89. John Emmanuel Barrion

    John Emmanuel Barrion

    9 kun oldin

    whoever made the thumbnail needs a raise

  90. Mr.Bootcheekoh


    9 kun oldin

    Without watching, I'd guess the closer you are to the ground, the faster it feels ? Hence why SUVs feel 'slower'.

  91. Aiz Faizie

    Aiz Faizie

    9 kun oldin

    so, that's how Perodua Kancil evolve the driver!

  92. Eddie


    9 kun oldin

    ah~` miatah~~

  93. Shona


    9 kun oldin

    I'm just using this video as information on how to trick passengers into thinking my 180hp Golf is "fast"

  94. Pan Huragan

    Pan Huragan

    9 kun oldin

    That’s irritating when you want to drive on second lane because not In a hurry and 70-75 is way too fast for onslows who go 50 and slow down at front of you, when you get close to them.

  95. M&J Studio.

    M&J Studio.

    10 kun oldin

    this episode belongs to science garage, not b2b

  96. Henry P. V.

    Henry P. V.

    10 kun oldin

    Dude, my first car was a 2001 suzuki jimny. Going 80 mph in that thing felt like flying a fuckin fighter jet

  97. N F95

    N F95

    10 kun oldin

    My grandmas Yaris is like a Tesla when I put the slightest pressure on the accelerator. Backing up going uphill is so dangerous because of the sudden acceleration



    10 kun oldin

    On bmx bike going 30 mph down the hill I feel like going 50 mph

  99. TheOG Scoobydoo

    TheOG Scoobydoo

    10 kun oldin

    When the ol YJ hits 63mph and the but dyno thinks youre about to break the sound barrier. Death wobble may have something to do with it too lol

  100. purrin


    10 kun oldin

    Kinda reminds me of the scene from initial D during the battle with that black r32. I can't remember the exact quote but Takumi told his dad he needed glasses and so they went to get his eyes checked, only to find out that Takumi had perfect vision. Bunta lashed out at him but Takumi reasoned saying that when he drives everything felt slower and slower. And that's when it hits him, that his son was actually getting faster and faster.