Super Street Network

 |   |   |  JCW MINI Countryman Performs Backflip

JCW MINI Countryman Performs Backflip

Greg Emmerson
Feb 22, 2013
Gravi t john cooper works mini countryman back flip Photo 1/4   |   Gravi-T John Cooper Works MINI Countryman

The backflip has been a staple trick in action sports for years. It's one you have to master no matter your preferred mode of transportation. From Skiing to MotoX and even snowmobiles, it's as much a part of your daily routine as driving your car to work. World champion freestyle skier and rally driver Guerlain Chicherit decided it was time to combine his two favorite activities by doing a backflip in a John Cooper Works Mini Countryman!

Chicherit was the perfect candidate for this stunt after he'd been behind the wheel of the rally car before. Not only did he win the French rally championship on two occasions, he also claimed back-to-back titles on the Dakar Rally.

The stunt was a little different though, because he had to flip the car, as he would on skis. Not something you want to happen in a car, especially considering it had been tried unsuccessfully before.

Adding to the danger, the jump would be "unassisted", meaning the car would be jumping from a quarter pipe, similar to what skiers use, and the car would have no modifications to aid in its rotation.

So there he was: In a JCW Mini Countryman, in France, with nothing but a huge quarter pipe separating him from victory.

He hits the gas and the Mini screamed towards the ramp. The take off was perfect but the car got off its axis as it got upside down. Chicherit over-rotated slightly, but still stuck the landing and drove off the ramp.

The jump can be seen on the Mini YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/mini

By Greg Emmerson
1077 Articles

BROWSE CARS BY MARKET

MORE FEATURES

The concept is said to preview the brand’s new design language.
Jason UdySep 2, 2015
New model will be based on the Aventador SV.
Joseph CapparellaSep 1, 2015
Universal and nav app Waze partner to give away free Furious 7 merch in promotion of movie's home release
Bob HernandezSep 1, 2015
Is the pint-sized roadster too small for Americans?
Jason UdyAug 31, 2015
Race car will be successor to winningest platform in DTM history
Jason UdyAug 31, 2015

SEARCH ARTICLES BY MAKE/MODEL

Search

SuperStreet Instagram

Does it drive as good as it looks? Yes it does! #superstreet #drivingisbelieving #bmwi8 #azusacanyon

TO TOP