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YouTuber Airrack abandons friend in the desert during “death race”

Published: 6/Aug/2020 14:21

by Kieran Bicknell

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Moving house can often be a boring, lengthy process that drags on for far too long. For YouTuber Airrack and co-star Mack moving across the country to Los Angeles, they decided to spice things up a little by turning their journey into a no-rules “death race” across America.

Having loaded up his life into the truck, rented a U-Haul trailer and loaded up his trademark Smart Car, Airrack (real name Eric) and Mack set off to race across the country with Los Angeles as their final destination.

Not everything went according to plan, though.

Having spent over 24 hours on the road and after passing each other numerous times (including some sneaky tactics on Macks behalf) the pair neared the end of their journey and crossed into the state of Arizona.

Death Valley disaster

Driving through Arizona means passing through Death Valley. A 7,800 km area of desert, Death Valley is one of the hottest places on earth, reaching temperatures up to 46 degrees celcius during the height of summer.

Eric fills up at the gas station in preparation to cross the desert but elects not to tell Mack that it is, in fact, the last gas station for 116 miles in the hope that he will be able to overtake him. Mack then carries on without stopping, blissfully unaware of the lack of gas stations in the middle of death valley.

Eventually, disaster strikes for Mack. Having realized that there are no gas stations anywhere nearby, his car coughs and splutters, with it eventually cutting out in the middle of the highway due to running out of fuel.

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Eric realises he may have crossed the line by leaving Mack stranded in the desert

Did Airrack take it too far?

With Mack stranded on the side of the road, Eric does eventually stop to tell his co-star that there is a gas station not too far from his location. In a Top Gear-esque twist, Eric then cheerfully abandons Mack, leaving him to hitchhike to the next gas station.

Mack calls Airrack on Facetime to discuss options, eventually telling him that he was “psychopathic” by not telling him about the lack of gas stations and leaving him on the side of the road. Thankfully Mack did manage to get to the gas station, though a two hour walk to get there in the Death Valley heat can’t have been a pleasant experience.

Eventually. the pair do make it safely to their new house which they are sharing with a number of other “well known” YouTubers, with Mack literally collapsing out of his car upon arrival.

While no roommates names have been confirmed yet, Eric said we will “definitely know who they are” which will no doubt fuel the rumour mill rather nicely, and should help him on his goal to reaching one million subscribers by the end of the year.

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Russian Instagram influencer torches his $150,000 Mercedes on purpose

Published: 25/Oct/2020 0:46

by Bill Cooney

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An Instagram influencer literally set his own $150,000 Mercedes Benz on fire after he got fed up with how his local dealership was repairing it.

Several videos of Russian Instagram and YouTube star Mikhail Litvin torching the black GT 63 S went viral over the weekend, with people around the internet both amazed and horrified that someone has enough extra cash rolling around they can just send a luxury car up in flames.

But, Litvin’s display surprisingly wasn’t just a random instance of pure, nihilistic capitalism captured on film, as he claims he was sending a message to his local Mercedes dealership and the company as a whole.

The saga begins like this: Mikhail bought a brand new GT 63 S (running around $140,000 to $160,000) and somehow, broke the engine five times in a row through various automotive shenanigans.

Eventually, he became fed up with how his local Mercedes Benz dealership was repairing the vehicle each time he brought it in, even replacing the turbo kit with one purchased off of eBay at one point.

Paying to have sub-par parts installed in his car seems to have been the final straw for the Russian, who filled his trunk up with gasoline and brought plenty of cameras to a deserted field to send his vehicle off with a Viking funeral.

After bathing the car in fuel, Litvin lights a Looney Tunes-style trail from offscreen and the poor four-door goes up in a massive fireball.

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Litvin made sure not to miss a spot.

After contemplating all the memories he had in the Mercedes while the inferno raged behind him, the YouTuber drove into the sunset with his new whip, a classic teal Lada that only needed a little bit of a running start to get going.

With over 11 million followers on Instagram and 4 million subscribers on YouTube, chances are good that Litvin will be picking up a fly new car sometime soon to replace the smoking heap that was his GT 63 S.

Exactly what he’ll replace it with remains to be seen, but we’d bet he’ll have a video out about it when he does.