Getting the drift on Felix’s helicopter stunt ride

Watch Felix Baumgartner’s latest epic project to see acrobatic flying synchronise with drift racing

When you’ve jumped from the edge of the space, as Felix Baumgartner+ did during the Red Bull Stratos mission, then the bar is set pretty high for future thrill seeking projects. Since leaping from 24 miles above earth and hitting speeds in excess of 800mph during his freefall descent, the Austrian has kicked-off a successful career as an endurance racing driver. Another passion he has been working on is flying helicopters, and it was these skills he showcased in Poland during the recent Red Bull Heli Drifting performance.

With Felix at the controls of a Bolkov BO105 aerobatic helicopter, he teamed up with Polish drifting ace Jakub Przygoński and his Toyota GT 86 1000HP. The name of game was seeing how closely the chopper could track the movements of the race car.

The former Polish Air Force base Debrzno Airfield was a fitting location for this project that required military precision planning. Baumgartner explained why the site was chosen before launching his Bolkov BO105 chopper into the sky. “Me and my team-mate came here to work on Red Bull Heli Drifting,” said Felix. “It’s something that has never been done before so we brought our toys to Debrzno Airfield, which to me is the biggest playground in the world.”

Having plenty of space to operate in was essential as the athletes worked with the film crew to devise a plan of attack. If Jakub Przygoński was going to put his neck on the line he needed to know everything was in place to film the footage. “Not only did we need the helicopter and the car to be in perfect harmony,” Przygoński told us. “Also we needed the film crew to move with us to get the shots they needed.”

Capturing the incredible action in the clip above was no easy task and one shot in particular created a real heart in mouth moment for Przygoński when Baumgartner flew in to knock a target off the top of his car. “He was so close that he hit the GoPro camera attached to my car,” said Jakub. “The helicopter was at 160kph about 30cm above my head and if I’m honest it was a pretty scary moment.”

It’s clear that both athletes were prepared to push their skills to the limit to pull off this highly ambitious mission, and we just can’t wait to see what they have planned next.



Browse our latest car database to discover more cars                    

Discover more automotive news & videos


Articles from the main page



Browse the latest new cars


Discover the latest new cars

33,16,0,100,2
600,500,60,0,0,5000,250,0
90,300,0,50,12,25,60,2,70,12,1,30,2,0,1,0
The world’s most popular roadster, the Mazda MX-5, has a whole new look. After 25 years and over 947,00 sales worldwide, the new fourth-generation 2014 Mazda MX-5 (known as the Mazda Miata in the US) has finally been revealed. The MX-5 is one of Mazda’s most iconic models
All-new Mazda MX-5 Roaster
The centrepiece of the Mercedes-AMG GT, the new 4.0-litre V8 biturbo, responds instantly with extreme power right from low revs and delivers outstanding performance.
The new Mercedes-AMG GT
The Alfa Romeo has become synonymous with style. Many people crave the look of an Alfa. However, this car is not a one trick pony. It performs as well as it looks. For many, they feel that they have to compromise style over speed. With an Alfa, this is simply not the case.
The Classic Alfa Romeo Montreal: Is it Worth the Hype?


Sport car of the month


Discover All-new Jaguar F-Type Coupe & R



ENTERTAINMENT

All-new Jaguar F-Type Coupe & R



5-liter supercharged V8 engine and will reach 60 mph in 4.0 seconds, and a top speed of 186 mph (electronically limited)2. The F-TYPE S Coupe and F-TYPE Coupe are powered by 3-liter supercharged V6 engines in 380hp and 340hp forms respectively, giving 0-60 mph in 4.8/5.1 seconds and top speeds of 171/161 mph2.

The F-TYPE Coupe visual message is defined by three key ‘heart lines’, that visual message beginning with the formidable grille. It is from the twin ‘shark gill’ openings that sit either side of the grille that the essential first heart line – which mirrors the design of the F-TYPE Convertible – flows and begins to take shape. Running up through the headlamp, and accentuated by the LED ‘J blade’ signature running lamps, the line then arcs up over the front wheel arch before dropping elegantly as it runs through the door, washing out into the muscular rear haunch.

The second heart line begins at the rear edge of the door, swelling outwards and upwards to create a visually strong wheel arch, emphasizing the car’s rear-wheel drive layout, before dropping vertically through the tail lamp ...





Auto Mechanic Advice


Advice from experienced mechanics from several fields!






Auto Speed Market is a car blog with the latest automotive, F1 and car news. Auto Speed Market is trying to provide extra
information to car enthusiasts, will be presenting new cars and concepts, prices and statistics of the automotive world.
Auto Speed Market also offer tips for buying a new car or second hand vehicle.


To reach us, please complete the form contact us.