Leave it to MINI to think out of the box, literally, when it comes to the next big car stunt. But, in the following video, it's what the MINI does after it leaves the box that has Checkered Flag MINI customers on the edge of their seats.
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Of course, as soon as it is available, we will have the fascinating end to this awesome MINI Cooper backflip. I'm betting he nails that landing.
Here's some more information from Autoblog:
Not too long ago, the idea of doing a backflip seemed almost impossible on two wheels let alone four, but now the stunt is routinely performed using everything from dirtbikes to monster trucks. Now Mini is getting into the game by attempting to perform a backflip with French stuntman Guerlain Chicherit behind the wheel of a highly modified Countryman, which it claims is the first-ever attempt at doing so with a car.
Another unique element of the jump that Mini is claiming is in regards to the ramp. Past automotive backflips, including Rhys Millen's 2009 jump to ring in the New Year, have used special ramps that help rotate the car, but the ramp Chicherit uses is "unassisted" and the backflip is attempted using only "a gas pedal and a prayer" according to a Mini spokesman for the event.
The video posted below is only a teaser showing the car launch up into the air, but while we have to wait until February 10 to see the final result, it sounds like the landing was a success. According to the Chicherit's Facebook page, practice for the stunt took 18 months of work with "lots of crashes."
If you're looking for the type of car that can do back flips around the Marine Terminal, we have them here. Call our Hampton Roads MINI store, Checkered Flag MINI, at (757)490-1111 to set up a MINI Cooper Countryman test drive.
article and video source: [autoblog.com]