Top Gear Live going for another double loop-the-loop record
Top Gear Live is a touring live show as a spinoff of the popular British television series which has inspired other spinoffs, such as our own Top Gear USA. The live show features professional drivers doing race maneuvers, stunts, re-enactments of popular bits from the series, and more.
Now, they've announced that their successful double loop-the-loop in a four-wheel car in South Africa this summer wasn't good enough. They're going to attempt it with a motorcycle this time.
The attempt will be made during this week's 3-day show in Birmingham, England on October 25-28. The team says that on a motorcycle, the stunt is far more difficult as the bike and rider weigh less and thus will need more momentum (speed) to keep the wheels on the track during both loops. It's also far more dangerous as the motorbike offers no protection should something go wrong.
Called the Deadly 720+, the stunt performed in South Africa set the record as the First Double Loop by a Car in Guinness World Records. If the team does it on a motorcycle, it will be the first there as well.
They will be using the same 720-degree rig used in South Africa (pictured) for the stunt. The rig is eight meters high at the apex of the loops and made of steel. The motorcycle will be a KTM 250 SX-F which has been recalibrated to cope with the extreme demands the team puts on these bikes. The cycle must be traveling at 27 to 29 miles per hour when it enters the loops in order to hold momentum through both spins. Any faster and the G forces will be too high and likely cause the rider to black out.
The Top Gear Live team has nine shows planned over the four days they'll be at Birmingham's NEC. The presenters from the TV show (Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May) will be hosting the live performances.