Yes, one of the most divisive car YouTubers now has a Ferrari F8 Tributo. From destroying dangerously-modified squatted trucks to dropping a Mercedes-AMG G63 through a house, WhistlinDiesel has found a way to push everyone’s buttons. While the first video on his new Ferrari is almost what you’d expect, the final part of it is a really solid testimonial for a fancy car bubble like the ones you see rich people storing their toys in.
First, the bit you’d expect. It wouldn’t be a WhistlinDiesel video without a bit of thrashing, from forcing open a fence to a proper gravel blast that will make you think that the Duke boys hit the Powerball. It’s less mindless destruction than WhistlinDiesel’s typical content and more TaxTheRich100, mixed with a bevy of Ferrari lawsuit jokes.
However, the really impressive part of the video comes in the last two minutes, when WhistlinDiesel puts the F8 Tributo into a car bubble. I’ve seen these things advertised in magazines and although putting fun cars away for winter is deeply ingrained in Canadian car culture, I’ve still wondered if these car bouncy castles provide enough protection for the sort of person who’s obsessive enough to want one. Judging by WhistlinDiesel’s typically abusive treatment of the bubble, it actually seems like an effective product.
The wild stuff starts with a variety of ladders thrown at the bubble, most of which simply bounce off. I must admit, a ladder falling on a car sounds like a plausible incident when storing a car in a home garage, so this is a pretty good real-world test. After proving that the bubble can resist small-to-medium-sized ladders falling onto it, things get seriously impressive when all sorts of random crap gets hurled at the car bubble.
I’d have expected some of the smaller items to puncture the bubble, but no. That cushion of air deflects hammers, wrenches, buckets, a tire, what have you. It seems like an impressive bit of kit if you store your car in a common area over winter and want to protect it from dings.
Of course, there are a few downsides to car bubbles, the biggest of which is mold. If you don’t live in a dry climate or store your bubble-fied car in a dehumidified area, humidity in the air can get trapped in the bubble, promoting the growth of mold. While there are a few ways to mitigate this like using a desiccant dehumidifier that actually works when temperatures dip low, car bubbles aren’t a solution for everyone.
Another downside is cost. Good car bubbles can go for north of $500, which means that depending on how safe your storage area is and what your car is made of, it might be cheaper to keep $500 on hand for paintless dent repair should the unlikely event of a ding happen. If your car is made of aluminum or carbon fiber, the tale is a bit different, but good old-fashioned steel features shape memory, so it shouldn’t be an absolute bastard of a job for a paintless dent repair professional to fix a few light dents.
If your fun car shares a garage with a daily driver and you want to avoid door dings, these car bubbles could work nicely. Likewise, if you’re trying to put ten pounds of crap into a five-pound garage or aren’t entirely confident with interior components of an ancient garage, I could see one of these inflatable devices bringing peace of mind. I won’t buy one because nothing I’ve ever owned is nice enough to justify the expense, but they no longer seem that silly. While we’re on the subject of storage, can it please be spring already? I want to drive my bloody 3-Series.
(Photo credits: WhistlinDiesel, Amazon)
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