Jay Leno Crashes While Riding In 2,500-Horsepower Car

If you've ever wanted to see late night talk show legend Jay Leno shaken like a rag doll, then the video above is for you.

It's a preview of this week's episode of his new reality show, Jay Leno's Garage, and while he's not doing anything as aweome as Batmobile racing with Adam West this time around, he's checking out how an insanely powerful car handles a rollover, alongside an octogenarian who, it seems, has done this way too many times.

That octogenarian is Bob Riggle, who (per the car's Wikipedia page) has been instrumental in designing it and keeping it going over the years:

Hurst Hemi Under Glass is the name given to a series of exhibition drag racing cars campaigned by Hurst Performance between 1965 and 1975.

Each wheelstander was based on the current Plymouth Barracuda for the corresponding model year. The car was so named because the fuel injected Chrysler Hemi engine was placed under the Barracuda's exceptionally large rear window. The result of the rearward weight transfer was a "wheelie" down the length of the drag strip.


The Hemi Under Glass was developed by Hurst Corporation with assistance from wheelstanding exhibition racer Wild Bill Shrewsberry and was driven by Bob Riggle, who was also from Mansfield, OH. Riggle was involved with Hurst as a mechanic, fabricator and pilot of the Hurst Hemi Under Glass car and campaigned the cars with Hurst as the sponsor until later years when the Hurst Company was sold, the car ran without the "logo" and was simply known as the "Hemi Underglass."

The next episode of Jay Leno's Garage airs Wednesday night at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CNBC.