Partly because of World Cup Fever and partly because they always make cool random gadgets, BP Castrol Japan recently unveiled an “engine-driven free kick machine”, which proceeded to kick a soccer ball 125 mph, shattering the speed that soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo kicks a ball (at a reported 80 mph).
Of course, this machine ISN’T NECESSARY at all, but it’s pretty awesome. BP Castrol is a sponsor of the World Cup, and thus this contraption will be a promotional item featured during the events surrounding the soccer tournament.
The manpower that went into creating this machine must have been great, as it’s a pretty incredible machine that serves no real useful purpose. Still, it’s pretty impressive, and from the looks of this video, kicks the ball pretty hard.
Check out the article on cNet, that’s where I first came across this story.