French rally driver Guerlain Chicherit is a very lucky man. He had hoped to beat Tanner Foust's 332-feet car jump record (which nearly went awry itself) with a 360-foot leap in a specially built Mini to score a new Guinness World Record at the French ski resort of Tignes. However, things didn't go to plan, and Chicherit suffered a massive crash during the attempt.

According to The Local, emergency services were on the scene immediately, and he was transported to the hospital by helicopter, but Chicherit is in better condition than anyone could have expected. He has been on Facebook since the crash and appears to be in great spirits. He wrote: "I have to stay to the hospital for the night just for safety, I'm all ok !!!" The jump was originally scheduled for Sunday, March 16, but heavy fog delayed it until today.

Warning: The crash is quite graphic, but remember Chicherit wasn't seriously injured. Scroll down to see it all from multiple angles and in slow motion.








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      trzjax
      • 9 Months Ago
      I bet everyone left satisfied...
      usmckozmo
      • 9 Months Ago
      Ouch...that was a rookie dirtbike jump mistake: He let off the throttle (you can hear it mid jump) and the loss of torque shifted his angular momentum forward, pitching him nose first into the landing ramp.
      Jobu
      • 9 Months Ago
      Nailed it.
      Buzzskyline
      • 9 Months Ago
      It sounds like he let off the throttle, or the rev-limit cut off slowed the engine. I think that would cause the car to pitch forward (through conservation of angular momentum). Gotta keep the wheels spinning if you don't want the car to start tumbling.
      jwswingle
      • 9 Months Ago
      A. As crashes go, it really was far less violent than when someone T-bones another car at 50 mph. All the rolling and parts flying expended the kinetic energy, with all the proper safety gear I am not surprised he is well (and glad he is). As to what miscalculation caused the late pitch-down of the nose, I'll accept the consensus of the seemingly knowledgeable folks below. I also suspect that whatever physicist helped design the launch ramp may have some explaining to do. Sure looked great over the first 250' airborne!
      johnnythemoney
      • 9 Months Ago
      I guess someone didn't do his math this time.
      baldeaze
      • 9 Months Ago
      Leave dumb stunts to we Americans.....
      juggernaut
      • 9 Months Ago
      rekt
      diffrunt
      • 9 Months Ago
      If one's car is not balanced , one end is going to droop, as has been demonstrated many times .
      GRR
      • 9 Months Ago
      He got off the throttle, thats how we control on MX bikes
      Technoir
      • 9 Months Ago
      What a great accomplishment for mankind......truly worth risking your life for; these men are real intellectuals.
        Bavarian818
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Technoir
        With a comment like yours, I would bet that it is safe to say tat you must have played with Barbies growing up!!! Troll elsewhere!!!
          Technoir
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Bavarian818
          I swear to god, I did not play with Barbies. You are probably the kind of guy who owns a beat up, 20 year old, lifted SUV that you take to redneck mud fests.
      Andre Neves
      • 9 Months Ago
      Um…so graphic. Won't be able to sleep for days after watching that. :-| Anyway. Looks like either too much weight in the front or they need to do a lot more tinkering in the aero department to keep that front end from dropping like that.
        Kelly Hatcher
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Andre Neves
        actually it sounds like the engine geard down mid flight and would slow tires inertia down...
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