Latest Mini Stunt Involves John Cooper Works Countryman and French Daredevil


  • Mini John Cooper Works Countryman Picture

    Mini John Cooper Works Countryman Picture

    Mini is warning that its latest stunt should not be attempted at home. | January 04, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • It's a Mini cliffhanger as the brand's latest stunt involves a French daredevil attempting an "unassisted" backflip in a Mini John Cooper Works Countryman.
  • A video of the stunt shows the Mini in mid-air but not the end result.
  • "Don't try this at home," warns Mini.

OXFORD, England — It's a Mini cliffhanger as the brand's latest stunt involves a French daredevil attempting an "unassisted" backflip in a Mini John Cooper Works Countryman.

A video of the stunt shows the Mini in mid-air but not the end result.

"Don't try this at home," warns Mini.

Mini has joined hands with French daredevil and rally driver Guerlain Chicherit and attempted the world's first "unassisted 360 degree backflip" in a car.

In the video, the brave French racer navigates a container terminal before taking off on a large ramp and starting the 360-degree vertical rotation. Chicherit reaches a height of approximately 39 feet in the car before Mini cuts off the video and leaves us waiting for more.

Racers like Rhys Millen attempted backflips in vehicles before, but have had some type of pop assist at the top of the ramp that helps rotate the vehicle around. Mini's self-touted "unassisted 360-degree backflip" would be the first official one using just a ramp, if you exclude those ridiculous stunts at monster truck rallies.

Stay tuned for the follow-up video of what is expected to be a smooth landing.

Edmunds says: Here's to Chicherit sticking the landing — and the stunt not being a remote-control car with some fancy editing.

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