Deadly 720 is the World’s first double loop the loop stunt and will be attempted by the Top Gear Live Stunt Team during the Top Gear Festival staged in Durban, South Africa on 16-17 June in front of 15,000 people.
The two loops are each 8 metres tall and comprise of 8 tons of steelwork and if uncurled, the total length of track would be 58 metres. 28 tons of ballast weight is used to prevent the loops from moving during the stunt.
The buggy must enter each loop between 24 and 26mph to successfully complete the stunt. Failing to achieve the minimum 24mph risks the buggy falling out at the top of the loop. An increase of speed from 26mph will result in an extra G of force on the driver and could cause him to black out.
The nail-biting stunt has never been performed before and will be staged in front of record 15,000 strong live audiences during four action-packed shows at this weekend’s Top Gear Festival in the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, South Africa (16-17 June).
“Absolutely everything has to be in perfect alignment from the suspension compression and precise steering angle to the exact speed of entry,” admitted Top Gear Live Creative Director, Rowland French. “If one element falls out of sync, there is no chance of the driver making the second loop. It is this split second nature of the stunt that allows so much to go wrong, and what terrifies me.”
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