Video: Watch a Mini Countryman do a backflipTue, 19 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0800
We've seen a backflip on a snowmobile, we've seen the double backflip from Travis Pastrana on his dirtbike, and we saw Rhys Millen almost land a backflip in his off-road truck on New Year's Eve. Apparently, Mini thought it would cap the fad's run by flipping a car.
Extreme sportsman, freestyle skier and rally driver Guerlain Chicherit made the attempt at the winter sports resort of Tignes in France. Chicherit used a static ramp and a bed of fresh powdered snow for landing.
He used a ramp that fits the same template as a quarter-pipe on a skiing or snowboarding freestyle course.
The Mini was prepped for the jump with extremely tough springs and a massive amount of travel in the suspension.
The stunt is a feather in the cap of Chicherit, who is a four-time freestyle-skiing world champion, French-rally winner and a veteran of the X-raid Dakar Rally team.
By Jake Lingeman