The evolution of the backflip has been making its way through extreme sports for years. First we had athletes in skis doing backflips off of ramps, then it was bicycles, then motorcycles, then snowmobiles, and now we're starting to see actual cars do backflips. In an effort to take on Red Bull's crazy stunts, Monster Energy took a Mini Countryman SUV and gave it the backflip treatment.
Red Bull has been behind some very impressive stunts of late. The biggest stunt the energy drink has ever been involved with was Felix Baumgartner's record-breaking jump from 120,000 feet over the surface of the earth. Skydives from insane altitude isn't all Red Bull sponsors.
We talked a few times about daredevil Felix Baumgartner and his plan to set a world record for the world's highest skydive. Baumgartner hopes to reach the speed of sound without using aircraft during his descent. While jumping from an altitude of 23 miles above the surface of the earth is very impressive, the technology required to haul a man in a pressurized capsule that altitude is also very impressive. The balloon to be used in the stunt is massive, yet incredibly frail.
We talked on more than one occasion about Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner. Baumgartner has been preparing for an attempt to set a record for jumping from the highest altitude in history over the last several months. The last time we talked about Baumgartner, he had conducted a practice jump from 96,640 feet.