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Frenchman nails perfect backflip ... in a Mini

Frenchman nails perfect backfl...
Guerlain Chicherit has nailed a perfect landing after a backflip in a Mini
Guerlain Chicherit has nailed a perfect landing after a backflip in a Mini
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Guerlain Chicherit has nailed a perfect landing after a backflip in a Mini
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Guerlain Chicherit has nailed a perfect landing after a backflip in a Mini
The Mini that Guerlain Chicherit performed a backflip in
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The Mini that Guerlain Chicherit performed a backflip in
Guerlain Chicherit prepares to make the jump
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Guerlain Chicherit prepares to make the jump
Guerlain Chicherit at the wheel of the Mini
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Guerlain Chicherit at the wheel of the Mini
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Despite what you may have seen in movies and TV shows, cars aren’t generally much good for aerial acrobatic work. That hasn’t stopped professional skier and rally driver Guerlain Chicherit combining his two areas of expertize to become the first person in the world to perform an unassisted backflip in a car and execute a perfect landing on a bed of fresh powder snow.

The impressive feat was performed last weekend at Tignes, a winter sports resort in Chicherit’s home country of France that hosted the freestyle skiing competition at the 1992 Winter Olympics. The jump was made by 34-year-old Chicherit in a modified Mini Countryman and was executed unassisted – meaning that the static ramp had no moving elements to boost the car’s rotational movement. Mini says the ramp actually fits the same template as a quarterpipe on a freestyle snowboarding course.

Video of the jump can be viewed below, which we’ve followed with a previous teaser from Mini that presumably didn’t finish as well.

We've Landed: Daredevil Chicherit's Full MINI Backflip

MINI Attempts First Ever Unassisted Backflip

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6 comments
Toffe Carling
As so many have commented on you tube, this don't look to be real mini but some thing with a mini´s body. And why haven't they balanced the car out? Both videos you see it flipping with a twist to one side.
GrantH
"And why haven't they balanced the car out? Both videos you see it flipping with a twist to one side. " - Toffe Kaal That's just the fly wheel and drive shaft. You can hear the motor revving which indicates that power is being applied to the drive train throughout the flip. The car will tend to twist in the opposite direction. Interestingly, the reason that the driver applied that power is probably for a similar reason. Power being applied to the wheels would have assisted the flip. Or at least if power wasn't applied, the friction in the wheel hubs slowing the rate of the wheels' spin would have caused the car to slow down in its rate of backwards rotation.
Milton
I don't understand why the film was cut so many times, and why there was such a loud "pop" sound as he took off of the ramp. Does the ramp have a device that assists the flip? Does the front suspension have a device that assists the flip? This did not seem like an un-aided back-flip. I really with they had just included a non-cut side-view of the entire jump.
Leonard Foster Jr
monster trucks have already done this ??? but i guess a truck is not a car
sunfly
More like a "Mini Monster Truck", but still cool.
Bruce H. Anderson
Just a body on a purpose-built frame (note the rear diff and strange front suspension on the container video). It's much like Chevy or Ford or Dodge claiming victory at Daytona, it's just a shell.