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Evgeny Novikov's Citroen C4 in action - click above to watch video

Oh, my. Talk about a moment filled with more chutzpah than skill. In this short but nonetheless heart-pounding video, Russian rally driver Evgeny Novikov takes a jump at full tilt and nearly backflips his Citroën C4. The close-but-no-crash incident happened during this past weekend's Rally Finland. While we're all for maximum hoonage, this is almost too close for comfort. Watch the video after the jump.

[Source: 0-60mag.com]





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      • 5 Years Ago
      Pin it to win it!
      • 5 Years Ago
      After watching that Colin McRea rally driving instructional video posted a while back I'd have to guess this was driver error. He showed how to use the engine in the front of the car as a gyroscope to control the cars pitch in the air. It looks like after leaving the ground he left his foot planted which makes the engine spin up and raises the front of the car, if it starts to go up like that you can just let off the throttle a bit and it will sink right down again. At least that's what Colin says ;)
        • 5 Years Ago
        It was just a bit of bad luck. The wind caught the underside of the car when he jumped over. You never see this thing happen often in rally and you can't control this kind of flip in a rally car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        James Sonne... or James May??
        • 5 Years Ago
        Jesus raises a good point here. Everything that James said is technically true. But it's only true because Jesus's dad (God) pulled an all-nighter and created these "laws of physics" in the first place.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh, and the forces are different in a motorbike with a chain. It's just the driveshaft that produces the longitudinal force. That's why motorbikes behave differently in the air: their engines are mounted laterally (like a FWD vehicle), so reving the engine would make it roll, which is exactly what you see in those "indie side" tricks or whatever they call them, and why most bikers get off the gas in the air. But the bike should roll in the direction of the chain.

        I think most bikers go clutch in for a landing, probably easier than trying to get the right RPM in such an exposed and dangerous machine. Wrong RPM by even a little and the bike bucks. A car would just scrap some piston sheaths or bog.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was at first skeptical of the idea of the powertrain acting as gyroscope. Angular momentum would be along the center (hub) axis of the wheels, potentially making the vehicle yaw if not all wheels are receiving the same torque.

        But the clutch, transmission, and drivetrain of a rear- or all- wheel drive (longitudinal) vehicle might also produce a horizontal force along the vehicles length, a kind of "headwind" effect. If the vehicle is already pitched, this might account for further pitching, so this might be a valid effect. If the car is perfectly level off the jump, revving the motor would only produce a slight decrease in airspeed. But with positive pitch off the jump, the force would exaggerate that pitch due to an alignment of the angular momentum force and that of gravity. So yeah, Colin McRae knew what he was talking about, and that's why this WRC driver pitched so much and so late (the car in the video was maximally pitched when he hit the ground, not off the jump). Basically, get off the gas when your car goes air-born until just before you hit the ground (to prevent powertrain shock) (i.e. rev-match).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Using the engine as a gyro applies to motocross bikes too. It's how those guys control the attitude of the bike when they decide to jump 30ft up in the air.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hand of God, James. Hand of God.

        But if it makes you feel better to apply science to things to explain them, have at it. You'll one day stand in judgment before Him to explain why you prefer junk analysis in favor of accepting the divinity as intervention.

        Someone in that car has accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior, and it's clear to me that they have indeed been saved.

        God Bless
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why is this not popular in America again?
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1. This is so much more fun to watch than let's say.. People making left turns...

        Even more fun than Formula 1
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because it requires people to walk to the stages maybe ?





        Yes I was just kidding.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I love the sport of Rallying, it is a true display of car control, and exhilarating, but watching it on TV (where most motor sport is watched) isn't so great, unlike F1, or NASCAR, or MotoGP, WRC races are edited into a report, due to time/camera restraints, and I think that hurts how viewable rallying actually is. If you could have something like the special stages, which could be broadcast live, I think that would help expand the sport greatly.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'd personally much rather watch men constantly turning left for hours on end. This stuff is BORING!
      Carlos
      • 5 Years Ago
      That man has serious brass ones. That was wicked
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Him? Did you see the navigator? He never stopped reading/flipping through his note pad.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Yeah, the navigator is pretty awesome; doesn't even twitch when the whole thing happened. That's some serious commitment and professionalism :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      "In Soviet Russia, automobile sometimes act as aeroplane."

      Seriously though, driver error (see Bennet's post above) can look incredibly gnarly as long as one doesn't crash.
      • 5 Years Ago

      Rally spectators remind me of indecisive squirrels. They're often found at the end of skid marks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Saw this live and he crashed bad like 2 corners later. I love WRC!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't believe how cool they both were, eyes didn't even go into that blank stare like oh man this is gonna hurt.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That'll leave a racing stripe in his shorts...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wickedly awesome. Neither of them flintched. And you thought your commute in morning traffic was stressful...
      • 5 Years Ago
      WRC rules!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Loved the bit where he closed his eyes before he stuck the landing ...
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