In the most recent Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 update, Crash Pads were unvaulted and added back into the loot pool for the first time in a long while. While they were always bound to bring back some chaos to the battle royale game, most of us thought that would be limited to wrecking people’s builds or pulling off some aerial trick shots. What we didn’t predict was a new art form we are now calling ‘car yeeting’.
Since Crash Pads were added back into Fortnite, players have discovered that driving vehicles into a stack of them will catapult your car at ridiculous speeds. The first clip to emerge on the Fortnite battle royale subreddit showed a player stacking around a dozen Crash Pads on top of each other before driving a taxi into them, resulting in him getting flinged off the map by some distance and maxing out his speedo at 472 mph.
“Man got sent back to Chapter 1,” one Reddit user quips in the comments underneath this clip.
However, another player has since topped this, driving a vehicle into a smaller stack of Crash Pads but being yeeted into the air at 526 mph – the same kind of speeds you can expect from a commercial airliner.
With the cars moving at high speeds and zooming well out of bounds, graphical issues also begin to appear, with the camera moving inside the cars at some points giving a distorted, first-person view.
Whether car yeeting can be refined into an actually useful exploit that could help with rotations or escaping the storm remains to be seen, but if players do master it, expect it to be quickly patched up by Epic – or for the Crash Pads to bounce their way back into the Fortnite vault.
If the idea of a 500 mph car hurtling towards you is something you’d rather avoid in your battle royale experience, check out some of the best games like Fortnite for some alternatives.