THE TOP GEAR boys are attempting a new ‘Deadly 720’ loop-the-loop world record at Top Gear Live in Durban this weekend.
If completed, this will be the world’s first 720-degree, double loop-the-loop and will set a new record. Dubbed the ‘Deadly 720’, it will be attempted in four live shows in front of a total audience of over 15,000 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa.
Top Gear Live Creative Director, Rowland French 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.”
A specially customised buggy is being used to complete the stunt. The buggy uses hand controls which can be locked-off to more accurately control the throttle, with the buggy having to enter the loop at between 24 and 26mph. Any faster or slower and the buggy will likely crash.
The two loops are eight metres tall and weigh 16 tons altogether. The stunt is particularly dangerous because, although the buggy has a 30-metre run-up in which to hit the correct speed, there is only eight metres between the loops and if too much speed is lost then it will fall out.
Top Gear Live has attracted over 1.2 million fans over the years and has expanded to venues all over the world.