Wanna see a world-record stunt? Something crazy and mind-blowing and death-defying? How does a tractor-trailer breaking the Guinness World Record for jump length tickle you? Oh, and for good measure, a Lotus Formula 1 car. Yeah, that’ll do.
So here’s the setup: Mike Ryan, the guy who can race a big rig up Pikes Peak or drift it around a racetrack as if he was driving a normal-size car, designed the stunt and is the wheelman in the truck. Martin Ivanov pilots the F1 car. Both guys have extensive experience as stunt drivers in various Bond, Bourne, and Fast and Furious movies. In other words: these are very experienced professionals, so definitely don’t try this at home.
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It’s all in the name of advertising for EMC Enterprise, a cloud computing and data-management company that apparently does something computer-related for Lotus F1. However, this is more than just a commercial, it’s a record-breaker: That truck flew 87 feet and 7 inches from where it launched, landing it in the pages of the Guinness Book.
Risky? Definitely, for Ryan and Ivanov. But look at it this way: If they broke that F1 car in the process, it wouldn’t have done much to hurt Lotus’s current eighth-place standing, 641 points behind the leader, Mercedes.