Not too long ago, the idea of doing a backflip seemed almost impossible on two wheels let alone four, but now the stunt is routinely performed using everything from dirtbikes to monster trucks. Now Mini is getting into the game by attempting to perform a backflip with French stuntman Guerlain Chicherit behind the wheel of a highly modified Countryman, which it claims is the first-ever attempt at doing so with a car.

Another unique element of the jump that Mini is claiming is in regards to the ramp. Past automotive backflips, including Rhys Millen's 2009 jump to ring in the New Year, have used special ramps that help rotate the car, but the ramp Chicherit uses is "unassisted" and the backflip is attempted using only "a gas pedal and a prayer" according to a Mini spokesman for the event.

The video posted below is only a teaser showing the car launch up into the air, but while we have to wait until February 10 to see the final result, it sounds like the landing was a success. According to the Chicherit's Facebook page, practice for the stunt took 18 months of work with "lots of crashes."

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      Must've missed the part where Mini is now selling baja-spec full tube chassis clubmans now.
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        Indeed, this is a mini just like that Dakar rally specced side-by-side quad shown a week or so ago was a smart car.
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      "unassisted" nevermind that its a purpose built tubeframe car that has absolutely no relation to a mini.
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      Did the same exact thing years ago with a Mini Ford Ranger and a couple raised rail road tracks."
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      Ugh, I should've known the first thing I'd see in this video was a flat-bill...
      Andy Dufresne
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's too bad the mental giants at autoblog didn't wait until February 10th to post an article about it.
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      I don't get it. Where's the Red Bull logo?
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      No stupid comments? For shame....
      Joao Guilherme
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      I would think they would need to massively lighten the chassis, increase the size (or at least the rotational mass) of the front wheels, and massively increase the engine torque.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The car was totaled. It smashed in a million pieces. What a piece of crap Minis are! What Idiot posts half a trick?
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