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Watch a Mini Cooper do a perfect backflip

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(Credit: Guerlain Chicherit)

French rally driver and daredevil Guerlain Chicherit has driven a Mini John Cooper Works Countryman into a world first.

It is being hailed as the world's first successful "unassisted" 360-degree backflip by a car: Guerlain Chicherit drove, of all things, a Mini John Cooper Works Countryman up the side of a snow ramp in Tignes in the French Alps, launched 12 metres into the air while executing a complete backflip — and landed safely on the other side.

The 34-year-old stunt driver managed to get the car an estimated 12 metres into the air — but we wouldn't recommend trying it at home. The car itself had been significantly modified for the stunt, although BMW has remained tight lipped on what those modifications actually were.

You can check out Chicherit's stunt for yourself in the video below.


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AlexV1 posted a comment   

Cool, but you know what would be better ? A Hilux doing a backflip haha


Michelle Starr posted a reply   

Or a Torana :)

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