Chinese street racing is the closest you'll get to a real-life video game

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Street racers dart in-an-out of oncoming traffic at night, hitting triple digit speeds across multiple stages. This isn't a video game. Or, well, it is a video game. But it's also what these Chinese street racers did in this incredible video series.


In posting this we must point out how despicable, awful, terrible, unconscionable, and otherwise crappy this is. Speeding across populated highways with no consequences of any kind absolutely sends the wrong message. Do not try this at home.

This would be better if If it were a video game like Need For Speed, because these guys would have already been spotted by the police and helicopters would be dropping barrels of explosives onto the road. If this was Gran Turismo (and with the video quality it's GT2-esque) someone would have pushed it too far and crashed into the wall.


But it doesn't happen. Amazingly, the Honda S2000, Acura Integra, and other cars featured in this roughly hour-long film manage to cross a giant chunk of China without hitting anyone or anything. In terms of capturing a real life street race this series, called "Back Up," is in a class of its own.

Just don't try this at home. This is why video games, slot cars, and track days exist.

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(Hat tip to Matt!)

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Imagine dying like that, in a head on collision, and the last thing you hear is the screech of tires and Cantopop.

What a horrible way to go.