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Skateboarder Rob Dyrdek kick-flips a Chevrolet Sonic for ad

Mon, 19 Dec 2011 00:00:00 -0800

Professional skateboarder and MTV star Rob Dyrdek did something with a Chevrolet Sonic on Saturday that's never been done before: a kick flip. That's what they call it when a skateboard, or a car, corkscrews off a ramp, landing back on four wheels.

The stunt was part of a Chevrolet ad campaign that started with the new hatchback driving out of a plane with a parachute like a skydiver. The Sonic then rolled off a 100-foot tower with a bungee cord attached. It seems a simple shot of the car on a mountain road is a bit too mundane these days.

Dyrdek was a good pick for the stunt. He's part of MTV's Fantasy Factory TV show, which involves him and his friends doing stunts at his warehouse. He also hosts the video-clip show Ridiculousness and had a starring role in one of Ken Block's Gymkhana videos.

The car got a few modifications for the jump, including a roll cage, racing seatbelts and upgraded shocks to absorb the landing. The fuel tank was modified to hold only a few gallons, and the battery was moved inside the roll cage. Other than that, the Sonic was basically stock.

As the saying goes, don't try this at home. Dyrdek also was trained by drivers from the International Stunt Association before doing the trick.

By Jake Lingeman