Car chases have been a staple of action movies for decades. From Steve McQueen’s iconic chase in “Bullitt” to your pick of any of the “Fast & Furious” installments, there’s just something about the rev of engines and speeding vehicles that gets the blood pumping. And now, the best car scenes of all time have been determined…by science.
Money.com recently conducted a study to find the most exciting car chase of all time according to pure hard data. The team completed the study by compiling a list of audience’s favorite car scenes based open critics’ choices as well as sites such as Reddit. The company then enlisted 100 volunteers to watch each film hooked up to a heart monitor. The scenes that incited the highest average BPM were ranked as the top car chase scenes.
So which pedal-to-the-metal chase scene reigns supreme? That would be “Mad Max: Fury Road.”
According to the study, the average BPM caused by “Mad Max: Fury Road” was 85, a 33 percent uplift to the watcher’s resting heart rate. Not too far beyond “Mad Max” was “Fast & Furious 6” with an 84 BPM, followed by “Furious 7,” “Ronin,” and “Baby Driver.” Somehow, though, “Bullitt” didn’t make it on the list.
But the study didn’t just focus on the greatest car chase scenes in film history. It also looked at which of the “Fast & Furious” franchise was, indeed, the fastest and the most furious in ascending order. Apparently, the slowest and mellowest of the film series is “The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift” with an average BPM of 66.
If you’re also wondering which film was the most destructive towards cars during its making, that honor goes to “The Matrix Reloaded” with over 300 cars destroyed. Talk about breaking the bank…