Four wheels, two giant loops, 1.2 million fans and 720 degrees of madness – this is what the Top Gear Live Stunt Team has in store for its Top Gear Festival in Durban, South Africa.
Dubbed the “Deadly 720″, the dramatic stunt is a world record attempt, where the Top Gear Live Team will loop the loop in front of 15,000 live audiences during 4 shows at the weekend’s Top Gear Festival in Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, South Africa on 16-17 June.
In its previous attempt, the Top Gear Live Team attempted a single Loop the Loop, and nailed it the first time in a closed arena. For the new all-out insane attempt, the Top Gear Live Team developed a special buggy sporting hand controls to lock out the accelerator pedal during the stunt, as the extreme G-forces inevitably interfere with the manual throttling. The two loops stand at 26 feet from the ground and weigh 8 tons. Speed is a critical factor while doing the 720-degree double loop, and according to precise calculations, the buggy needs to enter the loop at 24-26 mph. At such steep navigations, there is no room for error, and the driver will have to maintain the speed whilst controlling the buggy in and out of the loops. The dashboard has been fitted with a large light that switches from red to green when the buggy hits the required speed upon approach.
“We’ve designed some pretty outlandish car stunts over the past four years from car bungees in Moscow’s Red Square to jet propelled pushbikes, but this double loop the loop has the greatest chance of going wrong,” said Top Gear Live Creative Director, Rowland French.
“We’ve completed a single loop the loop as the climax to the previous Carmageddon Tour more than 80 times, and you know barring any acts of God, the buggy will make it through. Adding the second loop, though, multiplies the danger by more than two and creates the very real possibility of the buggy falling out from the top of the second loop. There are absolutely no margins for error, which is probably why no one has ever been mad enough to try it before.”