Top Gear Live to attempt Deadly 720 double loop
Successfully piloting an automobile around a giant loop is no easy task, but it’s just not spectacular enough for the crew of Top Gear Live. Billing it as a world-first event, the live show’s stunt drivers will attempt to spin their way through a giant loop twice in succession during the Top Gear Festival in Durban, South Africa on June 16 and 17.
Dubbed the Deadly 720, the loops themselves stands 26 feet tall and weigh eight tons. A custom-made buggy featuring an accelerator lock that allows the driver to put all his concentration on navigation will enter the loop between 24 and 26 miles per hour. Any deviation from that predetermined speed will result in a failure by the event’s calculations.
“There are absolutely no margins for error, which is probably why no one has ever been mad enough to try it before,” says Top Gear Live Creative Director Rowland French.