Sunday, January 6, 2013

MINI attempts the first unassisted 360° backflip in a Countryman JCW [video]

Crossover was driven by Guerlain Chicherit

MINI has teamed up with French daredevil Guerlain Chicherit to attempt the world's first "unassisted 360 degree backflip" in an automobile.

Using a specially modified John Cooper Works Countryman, Chicherit drives up a ramp and manages to jump the height of approximately five shipping containers. While we don't get to see the landing, the Countryman likely reached a height of roughly 11.9 meters (39 feet).

The full video should be released shortly, but in the meantime the standard model has a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 218 HP (160 kW) and up to 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the crossover to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 7.0 seconds and hit a top speed of up to  225 km/h (140 mph).

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