We’re so accustomed to reporting on the successful completion of death-defying jumps, flips and stunts from professional drivers in MINI vehicles, that we sometimes take for granted how easily one of these attempts can go horribly wrong. Unfortunately, a recent record-setting jump attempt reminded us of the limitations of both man and vehicle.
Professional skier and French rally driver Guerlain Chicherit sought to break a Guinness World Record 322 ft jump that was originally set in 2011 in a truck. Chicherit set out to not just break the record, but shatter it, with a 360 ft jump that would have sent him into the record books. However, the record was not to be his as the MINI Countryman Chicherit was piloting took a very sudden and drastic nose dive at the end of the jump, propelling the vehicle end over end until it eventually came to rest on its side. Chicherit thankfully walked away from the crash unscathed despite a terrifyingly violent crash that had audiences on eggshells.
These events make for a great story when they go as planned, but this crash should serve as a cautionary tale for other adventure seekers looking to make a name for themselves. Life-altering danger is always present - which is obviously why we’re drawn to these stunts - but things don’t always go as planned.
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