We’ve seen some wild antics take place inside of an automobile. It seems as if human nature forces us to always take the next step no matter how many marathons have been run before us. In this scenario, “Falling short will hurt a lot, maybe more … ” remarked Guerlain Chicherit prior to the attempt, and overshooting the target could cause a rollover that may also become catastrophic.
Regardless of the consequences, the four-time free-style ski world champion/French-rally winner/Dakar Rally veteran Frenchman Guerlain Chicherit would attempt the 332-foot jump that would put his brass balls in the record book. Going up against a lack of sleep and nerves standing on edge he approached the ramp. As viewers, we could practically cut the tension with a knife. One bystander even claimed that he had “never been so nervous for another human being before,” and we most certainly felt for him.
In order to make the jump without harm, physics tells us that he must travel at 160 kph which translates to a smidge under 100 mph. In the video above, you’ll ride along as Guerlain hits the takeoff ramp and while he is in midair you’ll notice that things change a bit. Before you it you’ll have a petrifying first-person view through the windshield of the highly modified Mini looking directly at the ground.
While the car had the distance to clear the obstacle, a sharp nose dive prevented a clean landing. Your heart may nearly stop as you watch the car tumble end over end multiple times. It’s miraculous that Guerlain was able to walk away with only minor injuries. Prior to the jump he claimed that if he were to fail, his team would reconstruct and try again. After an experience like that, we wonder if he will follow through on these claims. Regardless, this story is one Chicherit will be telling for the rest of his life.