As car driving challenges go, this is probably one of the hardest - and daftest - there is on the Internet at the minute. The idea is partially given away in the title: ‘The Cutting Edge Stunt’.
In short, it involves fastening a blade to the rear of an M2 Competition, getting the tail out, and aiming for a row of bamboo poles.
The stunt, which has taken many months of planning and fine-tuning according to director Oisin Tymon, was not just for show. There was a new world record at stake, too. And it has all been captured in a seemingly Thor-inspired setting.
The previous best was 87 straws, but BMW cut that down to size - if you will excuse the pun - by destroying 117 rolled-up bamboo mats in under sixty seconds. To make it easier for the driver, these rows were arranged in a half moon shape so the blade on the back of the largely showroom-specification car could scythe through these during the drift.
“This is a very tricky bit of driving - it is virtually impossible”, stunt coordinator, Marc Higgins, explains. “The demands on the M2 Competition are immense. Every drift has to be performed with absolute precision; there is no room for error. A strong presence and agility naturally help a lot.”
It seems records are a ‘thing’ for BMW bosses at the minute; only recently a laser was bolted onto the front of an M2 Competition car and used to burst almost 80 balloons…
By Jason Craig