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The damage on the various cars isn't consistent in the film chronology. Most obvious is the scene in which the green Mustang and black Charger are playing demolition derby in the construction site - compare the condition of the Dodge at the end of the battle to when it flies off the overpass.
In the pile-up on the freeway, the same yellow Cadillac hits the pile twice.
In the sequence where the girls in the van give Beutell a spray of the fire extinguisher, the road they are on changes from a two-lane road to a four-lane highway between shots.
As Messer's DeTomaso Pantera reaches 160 mph, a Dodge Polara police car was able to block the path the sports car and maintain pace at the same speed when in reality is impossible for a sedan built in the 1970s.
The cars wrecked in the pileup are all over 6 years old and none a few years new or recent.
The police cars pursuing Cade and that in the unrelated pileup later are older than their service life.
Incorrectly regarded as goofs
During the chase scene in the bridge construction site, Redman and the cop are driving from the right side of the car instead of left, but this does not necessarily count as a factual mistake, since this was a fault of the editing process where the film was mirrored in a few shots.
After one of Cade's motorcycle henchmen punctured a hole in the fuel tank of Cannonball's Mustang; as fuel takes longer to dry than water, there is no evidence of leaking fluid within the car as the ground appears dry.
At the highway pile-up, none of the vehicles involved in a collision has a driver in it and appears empty when it explodes.
Crew or equipment visible
Just before Wolf Messer's DeTomaso Pantera explode during a police chase, instead of the car exploding, a trailer disguised as a low-quality mock-up of the sports car can be instead seen being trailered by the Dodge Polara police car.
As the highway motorists collide onto other crashed vehicles without slowing down, creating a carnage; Sandy and the van passengers are able to maneuver through traffic whilst the motorists dimly continue the carnage.
After Zippo was shot dead by Sharpe who then was inadvertently killed by Beutell as he got shocked into losing control and sideswiped into Sharpe's parked car, causing it to crush him underneath; the traffic goes quickly from sparse to busy in a short space of time.
If the TV crew was able to trace the routes of the competitors, also witness the deaths of Zippo and Wolf but were unable to give Terry McMillan's Chevy Blazer a mention; so weren't were aware that he might have been cheating throughout the race before they crossed the finish line.
The TV reporter in the helicopter identifies the black Dodge Charger taking part in the race as a '71 model when it was in fact a '68.