posted Feb 21, 2013, 5:05 PM by Thor Fornica
updated Feb 21, 2013, 5:26 PM
Rally driver Guerlain Chicherit has landed the first full back flip in a car, and he did it in a Mini. Chicherit pulled off the stunt at Tignes, France, the site of the 1992 Winter Olympics. He launched the customized John Cooper Works MINI off a static ramp (as opposed to one with moving elements to generate rotation), flipped over backwards, and stuck the landing on an enormous ramp made of snow.
The moment as rally driver became the first person to perform a 360-degree backflip in a car. French daredevil Guerlain Chicherit, 34, sped towards a 25ft high ramp in his specially built Mini Countryman at 37mph. He then hit the quarter-pipe and took off, soaring 75ft into the air and flipping his car a full 360 degrees backwards.
The professional stunt driver then landed rear wheels first on other side of the specially-made snow ramp the French ski resort of Tignes, in the Alps. Chicherit's jaw-dropping stunt was the result of four years of preparation as he became the first person to successfully backflip a car. He completed the first stunt in private on Sunday morning and then repeated the feat later in front of thousands of fans as a part of event set up by the Monster energy drink.
The rally star said: "Before the jump it was crazy. I was alone in the car before the start and I just had to do it, everything was ready. I had to arrive at 60kph [37mph] and be full throttle in the kicker to get the right rotation. In the jump, I knew the balance of the car was good and it took me maybe 20 seconds to realize I had landed on my wheels.
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"When you attempt something nobody has ever achieved before, the stress is really high but the only way is to just try it" Guerlain Chicherit said. He added, teasingly: "It wasn't the craziest thing I've ever done but for sure it's in the top three." and "It was sick - I just want to do it again."
The backflip had previously been attempted by other drivers but Chicherit became the first person to land safely after flipping the car. Guerlain, is best known to his countrymen as a professional rally driver, free-style skier and champion freerider. He made a second successful backflip attempt last night in front of a crowd of thousands as the sun went down over Tignes.
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