French Stunt Driver Pulls 360 Backflip in Mini Cooper

Dan CarsonTrending Lead WriterFebruary 19, 2013

French rally car driver Guerlain Chicherit has pulled off what is purported to be a first in the world of high-flying automobile stunts, landing a 360-degree (full rotation) back flip. 

The 34-year-old driver performed the stunt at a ski resort in Tignes, France, in front of grandstands filled with spectators. 

According to Chicherit, his specially tuned Mini Cooper hit the eight-foot launching ramp and flew approximately 75 feet into the air before dropping safely onto a landing ramp of snow. 

The driver explained that he had to leave the ramp at a speed of 37 mph in order to achieve the rotation necessary to pull off the flip, and it took him a while to digest the fact that he had actually managed to land right-side up. 

“When you attempt something new which nobody has ever achieved before, the stress is really high but the only way is to just try it,” said Chicherit

Congratulations, Guerlain Chicherit: You just executed the most Dukes of Hazzard-like stunt ever attempted outside the film industry.

The only way this could have been any cooler is if he had installed a “Dixie” horn and honked it mid-flip.