World’s first car backflip achieved by French driver Guerlain Chicherit using Mini John Cooper (Video)

By on Feb 19, 2013 in Amazing, Automobile, Europe Comments

The so-called world’s first car backflip was recently achieved using a Mini John Cooper, as shown in the video below. The incredible 360-degree rotation stunt was performed by French driver and daredevil Guerlain Chicherit in a snowscape of Tignes, France, using the specially designed BMW vehicle.

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World’s first car backflip (showing car movement)
Image Credit: Guerlain Chicherit Facebook

As noted in the press release by BMW Group on Sunday, February 17, 2013, Guerlain Chicherit used the Mini Countryman John Cooper Works SUV, which was modified in order to fit the jaw-dropping stunt. The 4-time freestyle skiing world champion used an ideal ramp breakover angle to bring the vehicle upwards.

According to BMW, this is the world’s first car backflip without the aid of a special ramp with moving elements to improve the rotational movement of the car. The same stunt was previously been attempted by other drivers but this is the first time that the driver was able to make a perfect landing.

“When you attempt something nobody has ever achieved before, the stress is really high but the only way is to just try it. 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.” Guerlain Chicherit was quoted at Daily Mail after that amazing stunt.

“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.” Chicherit, 34, added, noting that it took him four years to practice for that car backflip jump.

To achieve this, Chicherit should drive the Mini John Cooper towards a 25-feet high ramp and make it jump into air up to 75 feet. And amazingly, he performed that breathtaking act twice. First, in front of a private audience, just in case something goes wrong. And on Sunday night, he did it again in front of a huge crowd.

World’s first car backflip
Video Credit: Dimitri Charriere/YouTube

World’s first car backflip
Video Credit: MINI/YouTube

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