It’s day three of the Carwow Automotive Olympic Games. We’ve already seen the Rhythmic Gymnastics and the Reverse Drag Race events so far. The four contenders in the games are the Caterham 620S from Great Britain, the BMW M2 from Germany, the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8 from USA and the Honda Civic Type R from Japan. The medal count is as follows, the Caterham has just one silver. BMW’s M2 has a bronze, as does Jeep, but the Honda leads with the only gold.
But the next Olympic event for the four cars is the Exhaust Shot Put. The event is simple, each car lines up at the starting line one at a time and regulation sized balls are fitted into their exhaust pipes. The cars then start their engines and the back pressure fires the balls out. The total distance of all the balls are measured for each car and whoever has the highest total distance wins.
First up, representing America, is the Jeep SRT-8. Four balls are stuffed into its four exhaust pipes and its mighty 6.4 liter, 475 hp V8 rumbles to life, pushing the balls out. It gets a pretty good push, with a total distance of 16.43 meters for all four balls combined. It sounded really good, too.
Next up is the Caterham, representing its host country of Great Britain. Its 310 hp supercharged four-cylinder engine pushes all of its exhaust through one pipe. So only one ball is used for this test, but with all of that pressure on just one ball, it should shoot far. And it certainly does. In fact, the single ball fires out like a rocket and rolls to an impressive 28 meters. That’s going to be tough to beat.
Following the Caterham is the Honda Civic Type R, for Japan. It, like the Jeep, has four exhaust pipes. But it’s down on power in this test, with only a 306 hp turbo-four. The Civic starts up and the balls somewhat lazily fall out and only add up to 14.06 meters. It’s an uninspiring effort from Honda.
After the Honda is the BMW M2. It also has four exhaust pipes, but they seem a bit narrower and the balls fit a bit tighter, so it could have good pressure to push. The M2’s 365 hp turbocharged I6 engine growls to life and the balls get a decent shot. While none of them go nearly as far as the Caterham, it’s the total that matters. So can the M2 match the Caterham with a combined total? Almost, with 22.79 meters.
So the Caterham takes home its first gold and is now leading the Automotive Olympic medal chart with one gold and one silver. Honda comes in second with one gold medal. The BMW M2 is third, with a silver and a bronze. While America picks up the tail end with just two bronze medals. However, BMW looks to be eyeing a lead, as it will likely take gold in the Rhythmic Gymnastics. Although the results from the voting poll aren’t in yet, the M2 is leading with a whopping 82 percent of votes for the gold.
Stay tuned for more Automotive Olympic events.