Who said life after the Stig ends? Ben Collins is the living proof that it actually gets better – he’s the resident test drive man for the Goodwood estate and now he’s also a record holder.
This is because he’s the first man crazy enough to pluck down the longest downhill route in the world, the Inferno Murren – in a car. Inferno Murren is the longest, craziest downhill ski race in the world – the drop is of 7, 119 feet (2,170 meters) from Piz Gloria at the top of the Schilthorn, down to the town of Murren, Switzerland, with 9.25 miles (14.9 kilometers) to cover. The course alternates from wide, open, very fast portions to tight, twisty, and insanely dangerous parts – and if you’re not up to snuff the first mistake you make might also be the last. Even tackling it on skis and making it down is an achievement, let alone take a car and have a go as stunt driver and former Stig ben Collins did.
He made good use of a Range Rover Sport – the one with the 10 horsepower (380 kilowatts), 5.0-liter, supercharged V8 engine because you don’t go downhill without massive power!!! And it was also stock – though it did have a full roll cage, race seat and harness, and better tires. More so, Collins and the Range Rover Sport had to tackle snow, ice, loose rock, mud, broken asphalt, grass, and gravel – which is not ideal when you’re hammering down slopes as steep as 75 percent, at speeds of up to 96 miles per hour (154 kilometers per hour).