French stuntman Guerlain Chicherit is claiming the world’s first unassisted backflip performed in a car, which was a modified Mini Countryman SUV. The feat on Sunday, before cheering supporters at Tignes, France, involved launching from a 25-foot ramp and at exactly 37 mph, and soaring 75 feet across a gap while the car flipped backward.
Chicherit, 34, had trained for four years for the dangerous stunt, which he actually performed twice Sunday–the first time during the morning in private, in case anything went wrong. The trick is expected to be noted by Guinness World Records as the first car backflip
Chicherit is a famous freeskier and rally car driver, who obviously used his training in the latter discipline to help him conceive the seemingly impossible car backflip.
Ramp-to-ramp backflips on motorcycles are routinely executed by top freestyle motocross riders, and some FMXers are now even double-flipping.
Will the day ever come where a car driver tries a double? The idea probably is tucked somewhere in the back of Chicherit’s mind.