Yesterday, we told you about a pair of World Rally Championship drivers that used a giant bottle of Corona in place of coolant after their radiator developed a leak. We called it an example of the sense of ingenuity that all rally drivers seem to possess. In that same post, we also talked about the "lightning quick reflexes and the ability to turn off one's sense of self-preservation." Now, you get to see that in action.

This is Simon Pagenaud, and while he may best be known as an IndyCar and sports car driver, he's quite comfortable behind the wheel of a rally car, as he proves in this video. What makes this vid special, though, is the first-person view, thanks to the camera Pagenaud fitted to his visor.

The result is, in a word, awesome. If you thought rallying looked fast in flyby shots, it's got nothing on how it looks from the driver's perspective. Scenery passes at an absurd rate as Pagenaud pushes the Peugeot 207 rally car along the tarmac road. And unlike a lot of rally videos, we're sure you'll be happy to know that there's no soundtrack here - just engine noise.

Scroll down for the full video, and enjoy.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      That looked pants-shitting, nerve-wracking, white-knuckles scary. I want to try.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Only Mitsubishi and Subaru sell a car that can be easily made into a competitive rally car. Guy buy an Evo or STI and start the weight loss process..... People sell their used rally cars on the enthusiast forums. An Evo just won the New York rally not too long ago. Rally racing does exist in the USA you just have to look a bit harder for it. Private teams running $35,000 dealership-available vehicles with lots of mods who can actually win over one of those $250,000-supposedly AWD Fiestas.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Holy crap!
        Eric Cameron
        • 1 Year Ago
        Holy crap indeed. It looks way faster in that view. Now I understand why they have a man in the passenger seat. That guy is his eyes.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love it - that's why Gronholm never blinked. Looks like they might get a better time by using a higher top gear there.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Those were practice runs, just up and back. They were just confirming their notes and familiarizing, not necessarily going all out. You also have to balance the top end gearing with bottom end acceleration. In rally, it's far more frequent that you need to slow to nearly a stop to make a turn, so you benefit from really short gearing much more frequently.
      Iruka Umino
      • 1 Year Ago
      I never understood the spectating part of it. I'm sure as an audience member, it would be so exhilarating to see a rally car pass you buy like that. But at the same time, what if there was an accident? Wouldn't a pile of people be taken out?
        EXP Jawa
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Iruka Umino
        It has happened, but then, it has also happened in NASCAR, with sprint cars, at Indy, at Le Mans, Baja, etc. There's always a risk; its on the event organizers to handle crowd control responsibly. No, the bigger issue with spectating at a Rally is waiting in the woods for hours to see cars zip by once, maybe twice, for a few seconds. That's what makes it a tough sell to audiences.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Playback was sped up. Thumbs down.
      • 1 Year Ago
      If this were first person, the seat obviously wasn't properly adjusted.
      • 1 Year Ago
      A speeding, screaming banshee, rushing past a thousand trees! That's what that is like. Scary and exciting.
      Mike Snowden
      • 1 Year Ago
      Pull your catheter out, then empty the bag into the radiator. Drink the Corona to fill the bag back up.
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