Outta nowhere! Russian “ghost car” encounter

The Top Gear folks posted this video on their site. It looks like a car mysteriously appears from no where to nearly cause an accident. But here’s a case where the comments to the story are very useful.

Are there ghost cars in Russia? – BBC Top Gear.

Yes, it appears that Mother Russia now has ghost cars. Pesky four-wheeled poltergeists that literally come out of nowhere to cut up cars and cause them to crash.

Here is the video, have a look for yourself. It repeats several times and in slow-motion so you get a good look.

Obviously it can’t be a ghost car, there was physical contact! And it does not look to have been edited. Why does it look like the black vehicle came from nowhere? In the comments, people may have figured it out.


The Merc came from the same direction as that tram in the background, and must have jumped the lights. The BMW driver didn’t see him until the last moment, but if you look closely, you’ll see the driver of the Chevrolet to the right hit the brakes much earlier, as he clearly did see the C-Class coming.

“Peter Cooper” adds:

I fully agree with what you have said, watching closely underneath the tram at 7/8 seconds in you see the headlights of the car cuts across underneath the tram whilst the BMW is turning, and at 11/12 seconds in you can see literally a fraction of the rear of the car on the right hand side of the BMW. Nailed it 🙂

“Marvin Hoenselaar”:

Also the reflection of the lights of the mercedes is visible underneath the BMW, already when the left rear tyre goes up the middle part of the road. He must have come up really fast and then slowed down to pass behind the first car in the right lane turning left. Unfortunately he didn’t have enough speed left to leave the BMW untattered.

Crowd sourcing critical inquiry is a great idea! We love when our commenters are able to see things we can’t see until they are pointed out. Oh, and dash cams catch the neatest things.

Do you agree with their assessment? Or is it edited? A freak of timing is more plausible than “ghost car causes an accident”. Of course there are Back to the Future jokes or those that say it came out of a portal…

Tip: Ray Gorman

  6 comments for “Outta nowhere! Russian “ghost car” encounter

  1. lawn
    April 16, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    In Soviet Russia, car. . .uh. . .hang on, I’m sure I’ll come up with something. . .

  2. Brian
    April 16, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    In Soviet Russia, car makes ghost out of you?

  3. Apexdisorder
    April 16, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    Russia is no longer a Soviet state.

  4. April 17, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    We know. But that ruins the joke.

  5. Matt
    April 19, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Reddit has a gif of the explanation: http://www.reddit.com/r/gifs/comments/236ba2/explanation_of_the_ghost_car_gif/

    By the way I don’t think that the people calling the car a “ghost” car meant it literally.

  6. April 21, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Those Russian dashcam videos show a LOT of cars (and army tanks and airplanes and horses and pedestrians!) popping into the scene at nearly impossible speeds from nearly impossible angles and locations. Many of them are literally flying. It’s not spiritual, it’s just total lack of organization and rules. Super-wild drivers going out of control in ways that you rarely see elsewhere.

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