This is one of those instances when we advise not trying this at home – professional stuntman Damien Walters has done a terrifying and spectacular daredevil act: jump over a moving Formula E car, which was coming from behind.
In case you dismiss this as an easy stunt, aside from the fact that you wouldn’t be able to backflip over a mouse (even the computer one), we have to remind you the Formula E cars are electric – so the stuntman wouldn’t be tipped by the engine sound for the precise moment to do the jump. And Walters on camera makes it look like a walk in the park – even though you just have to imagine that he doesn’t actually see the car coming. More so, the Formula E car wasn’t pacing itself, instead travelling at exactly 60 miles per hour (96.5 kilometers per hour). That meant that any error would have resulted in Walters hitting the back of the car with his head or the car hitting his legs.
At the wheel of the racer was stunt driver Alistair Whitton, who said this idea was simply “crazy.” With the backflip technically falling in the “blind” category, Walters had a simple aid – a digital clock to precisely time the exact moment of the jump: 6.6 seconds after the Formula E car started rolling. The stunt was organized in just two days, with 60 people, including safety professionals and stunt experts, involved. Another 30 were on point to capture the action – using drones, GoPros and even a 360-degree camera mounted onboard the Formula E car.