The Top Gear Live stunt team are planning a double loop-the-loop – The Deadly 720 Stunt – at the Top Gear Festival in Durban this week.
So it’s apt that the Top Gear Live stunt team are going all-out to set the Top Gear Festival in Durban alight this week with the first ever double loop-the-loop stunt in front of a live audience.
The TG Stunt Team already hold the title of first team to do a single loop-the-loop in an indoor arena, but the challenge of the double loop-the-loop is in a whole different league.
The stunt is going to be performed in a specially converted buggy fitted with hand controls to lock out the accelerator pedal during the stunt as the G-force would slam the driver’s foot on the throttle and make for serious problems.
In fact, so accurate must the entry speed be that just 2mph under the perfect speed will result in the buggy dropping out of the loop, and a few mph over would exert so much G-force the driver will black out. So just a small window of opportunity.
Rowland French, Top Gear Live’s Creative Director, said:
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.
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.
Let’s hope they pull it off.