‘Reversing with a trailer will never be the same again’ by Volkswagen! All about Trailer Assist
Are you finding it difficult to reverse a trailer? Then you should check out this sensational video showing a driver reversing with a trailer in an outrageously high speed. Or at least, that is what it looks like …
It is the Norwegian Volkswagen importer who has created the video to raise awareness about their “Trailer Assist” technology. With “Trailer Assistant” the car will automatically reverse the trailer for you. The only thing you need to do is select reverse, press the “Park Assist” button and use the mirror adjustment button to enter the direction you want the trailer to follow. You are also still responsible for ear
shifting, acceleration and breaking if needed. Maybe not as easy as in the video, but it is still much easier than manoeuvring with a trailer and having to remember to steer the wheel in the opposite direction than what comes naturally for a driver.
In order to conduct the stunt they built a very special trailer. The trailer is actually a converted car with its own 1.4 litres engine, which pulls the car in the video – and not vice versa. The trailer is equipped with transparent foil so that the driver sitting in the trailer might look out, but people cannot see inside. It is Swedish rally driver Björn Persson who is driving the trailer. He has been featured in a number of advertisements earlier.
– This is the strangest thing I have ever driven, and I have driven a lot of weird vehicles. We got a lot of curious stares during the rides, says Persson.
The most difficult job, however, had perhaps the driver of the VW Passat that was being pulled by the trailer. Executed by Lasse Malmjarn, another stunt driver, was sitting with his back towards the driving direction and had to correct the effects on the turns. The video ad was shot in Lillestrom, outside of Oslo, and it was in collaboration with the local police.
THIS is how you reverse with a trailer. In this video from Norway you see a driver backing up his car and trailer in high speed – through parking lots, roundabouts and intersections. Or is he really?
Here you can see how we built the somewhat special trailer in the “Trailer Assist” video. The trailer had an 1.4 liters engine, transparent plexi glass and was driven by a stunt man.