Saturday, November 22, 2014

Hell Yeah Stunts Are Cool

And people (who are not me) think that F1 is boring.  Well it turns out that all you need to make it a little bit more exciting is to add a semi-truck and a ramp.  Then you've got something that all ages can enjoy.

That's just what two maniacs cool as hell stuntmen did.  They successfully completed the world's first, and thus a record jump.  No, it was not the F1 car jumping a semi, that would be too boring.

They took a semi, and jumped that sucker over the F1 car.  And you get to watch it.  

Let's keep in mind here, that the Lotus F1 car costs millions of dollars to build.  Lots of millions.  Millions that are risked being crushed by a tractor-trailer all in service of a Guinness World Record jump for length.

So it's an awesome idea.
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.

Damn.  I just had my semi-ramp set up.

I guess we all will just have to live vicariously through this FUCK YEAH moment until we can all become stuntmen (and women) ourselves.





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.

See Europe?  Inject a little America into anything and it becomes even more awesome.


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