How do you put a season full of miseries behind you and yet look forward to the next with enthusiasm? Lotus F1 Team and its partner EMC might have just answered that question in style. Hot on the heels of a disastrous outing in 2014 that culminated with Pastor Maldonado’s car going up in flames in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the classic ‘black and gold’ Lotus wanted something to cheer about. So, it embarked on an epic stunt that involved a Renault F1 transporter (with the full trailer in tow) jumping over the team’s Renault-powered F1 car.
The stunt goes like this. The truck and the F1 car are seen going side by side for some distance before the truck is driven up a ramp for the actual ‘jump’. The F1 car utilizes the truck’s resulting moments in air to switch sides by driving underneath, which is pretty cool! Yeah, it does look like a scene straight out of a Hollywood movie but given that the drivers involved, Mike Ryan and Martin Ivanov, are experienced stunt men that have worked in many Bond, Fast and Furious and Bourne franchisees, it isn’t surprising.
Now, please go ahead and watch the awesome video yourself.
In this whole episode, Lotus and EMC have ended up creating a Guinness World Record for the longest ever truck jump in history at 83 feet and 7 inches. That’s a rather unusual record for a F1 team but given the season they have had, we don’t see anyone complaining. Now that it is done, let the men and women at Lotus focus on 2015 F1 season please!