Guerlain Chicherit and Mini perform world’s first backflip in a car
34-year-old extreme sportsman, freestyle skier and rally driver Guerlain Chicherit did the world’s first backflip in a car with the Mini Countryman.
At the winter sports resort of Tignes in his native France, Chicherit proved not only snowboarders can do backflips, but cars can do it as well.
Chicherit pulled off the first such manoeuvre ever performed in a car using a static ramp, the driver and his MINI coming back down to earth unscathed after a perfectly executed backflip on a special prepared track. The successful stunt crowns an already impressive career in extreme sports for Chicherit.
The Frenchman is equally in his element on snow as he is behind the wheel of a rally car. Four times a freestyle skiing world champion, he has also won the French rally championship on two occasions. The Frenchman is also a veteran of the X-raid Team (which won back-to-back Dakar Rally titles in January 2013 with the MINI ALL4 Racing), having made his debut for the German outfit back in 2006.
In 2011 Chicherit was in the driver’s seat as the MINI ALL4 Racing turned its first wheels in South America for the world’s toughest rally. Although the backflip had previously been attempted by other drivers, Chicherit has become the first driver to execute a perfect landing.
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