Damien Walters has performed stunts in movies such as Captain America and Skyfall, but something tells me he’s never done anything as insane as this.
Teaming up with FIA Formula E Championship for a stunt aptly titled “Leap of Faith,” Walters proposed to stand in the middle of a straightaway on the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, with his back turned to a Formula E car speeding toward him. As the car approached, Walters would perform a backflip over it, landing back on his feet once the car had passed.
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That sounds insane—backflipping over a car you can’t see coming that’s moving at close to 140 mph. All Walters had to go on was the sound of a timer, activated by the Formula E car passing through a laser. That allowed Walters to begin a mental countdown of precisely when to start his jump. Still, no matter how many times he practiced, if his timing were even a fraction of a second off, the stunt would end in disaster. Walters pulls it off though, in one of the most thrilling videos we’ve ever watched. The 360-degree video of the stunt, seen below, gives you the perspective of the driver, ratcheting up the intensity even more.
People are amazing.
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