• May 25, 2006


We've finally found video of the 009 Aston Martin ALMS racecar that "flew" 142 feet off the track at Mid-Ohio Raceway last weekend. The racecar traveled in the air 22 feet farther than the Wright brothers' first powered flight on December 17th, 1903. Unfortunately the video is not nearly as exciting as the pictures that first surfaced, but we'll let you be the judge.


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      • 8 Years Ago
      yea, the pics were better.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That Aston Martin was like a flying wing, that driver was super lucky it was a smooth landing.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Would be a good promotional video showing potential buyers that A.M's not only drive great but can actually fly too!
      • 8 Years Ago
      It went airborn because the track is banked at the turn for the love of god. It didn't get airborn because it doesn't have stupid roof flaps because it doesn't need to spin out at 160mph going in circles. THE TURN IS BANKED. I've raced there. So stop bickering like you guys ALWAYS manage to do in EVERY comment section.
      Jon Green
      • 8 Years Ago
      So the Aston Martin PR release will read "The Aston Martin ALMS racecar number 009 was the highest running car at Mid-Ohio last weekend..............."
      • 8 Years Ago
      Seriously, how often do NASCAR cars wind up flying backwards into the dirt that something as goofy as a pressure equalizing roof flap was deemed necessary as a safety feature?

      You, my friend, have obviously never seen a NASCAR race at Talledaga or any other super-speedway on the circuit.
      • 8 Years Ago
      nascars spin out all the time on the track at 150+ mph, and they remain planted. The aston would go airborn, just like what happened in the video.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Pfft, you guys found it my ass.

      I found it, uploaded it to YouTube, and then linked to it in the comments of the previous article here. :(
      • 6 Years Ago
      with all this bickering no body has mentioned the a huge factor: The AM has nearly 50/50 weight distribution. Any other car would have landed nose/tail first and possibly flipped afterwards.
      • 8 Years Ago

      James,it flew for 12 seconds and 120 feet, so they hit an average ground speed of nearly 7 mph, in a headwind. Given a fast enough wind, the Flyer 1 would have been like a kite hovering in place. Still, neat video and pictures of the car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      wth! holy cow. the whole thing looks like it's in slow motion. kinda surprising it got airtime but hit the tires so slowly.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Lol. Santos Dumont owns the Wright Brothers, and now so does Aston Martin =D
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