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    The world's first "unassisted 360 degree backflip" in a car.

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Watch stunt driver Guerlain Chicherit take a Mini JCW through a backflip.

We’ve seen quite a few outrageous car stunts lately, but they have all just been one-upped by the world’s first car backflip. French daredevil Guerlain Chicherit pulled off the feat overnight by flipping a Mini Countryman from a snow ramp in France.

Chicherit is calling it the world's first "unassisted 360 degree backflip" in a car. Using a specially modified Mini John Cooper Works Countryman, Chicherit accelerated up a ramp and jumped to an estimated 12 metres during the stunt.

The French driver reportedly spent four years training and preparing for the stunt, which saw him launch the Mini, flip through 360 degrees and land – right side up – on the eight-metre ramp.

Details on the car modifications haven’t been revealed, but it was based on the JCW Countryman crossover powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine that delivers 160 kW of power and 300Nm of torque, making for a 0-100km/h time of 7.0 seconds and a top speed of 225km/h.
 

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  • It's only around 270 degrees - the car's facing almost straight up when it launches from the ramp. Still impressive, just not 360 degrees.

    Back160 of Canberra Posted on 19 February 2013 5:27pm
  • @tmlc: I'd want a ciggie too after doing a backflip like that smile

    Blow the Bloody Doors Orf of Perth Posted on 19 February 2013 10:33am
  • Seen it before with a funny car, powered by ethanol, huge wheels. That also was unassisted. Impressive all the same. Maybe they mean first time by a Frenchman unassisted!

    Dunne Rudin Posted on 19 February 2013 1:10am
  • my bobcat can do that!

    weener of swansea Posted on 18 February 2013 5:20pm
  • i can do that with my bobcat!!

    weener of swansea Posted on 18 February 2013 5:19pm
  • That's unreal

    Bogan Bob of Boganville Posted on 18 February 2013 1:59pm
  • did it look like the car was starting to smoke at the end of that?

    tmlc of sudknee Posted on 18 February 2013 1:15pm
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