World`s first car backflip
French badass Guerlain Chicherit as he became the first person in the world to successfully backflip a car
Rally Raid World champion and all-round French badass Guerlain Chicherit set the slopes of Tignes ablaze today as he became the first person in the world to successfully backflip a car
After four years of preparing for this seemingly impossible feat, Chicherit fired his MINI Countryman into orbit, flipped a perfect 360 and stomped all four wheels onto the beast of a 8 metre-high snow ramp in a private attempt this morning.
Not content with jumping just once, he then repeated the stunt in front of thousands of fans in the French ski resort earlier this evening.
Emerging from his machine after the landing, Chicherit was mobbed by his team and fans surrounding the car.
“Before the jump it was crazy,” Chicherit said. “I was alone in the car before the start and I just had to do it, everything was ready.”
“I had to arrive at 60 kilometres per hour 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 twenty seconds to realise I had landed on my wheels !”
From the initial concept, through to creating the outrageous bespoke Reiger suspension and testing the car with numerous jumps onto a mammoth airbag, Chicherit can confidently take the crown as the most extreme rally driver out there.
“When you attempt something nobody has ever achieved before, the stress is really high but the only way is to just try it,” the Frenchman said confidently. “It wasn’t the craziest thing I’ve ever done but for sure it’s in the top three. It was sick – I just want to do it again !”
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