Whether it’s Chevrolet Sonics doing jumbo-sized kick-flips, the Hot Wheels Double Loop Dare, or other automotive spectacles, itseems American’s can’t get enough of motorsports stunts. Of course, the grandfather of the modern-day stunt driving spectacle is Evel Knievel, who attempted to jump the Snake River Canyon in Idaho. The original plan was to jump the Grand Canyon until the National Parks Service denied permits to the organizers.
As we know now, his rocket-powered motorcycle, the Skycycle X-2, was not successful in his canyon jump attempt, due to malfunctions with the parachute, and prevailing headwinds, which pushed him back to near the base of the side of the canyon from which he launched.
Borrowing liberally from the footage of Knievel’s 1974 jump, Audi has put together a video involving a 2013 RS5 coupe, and a ramp at the edge of the Snake River Canyon. We’re not sure if it’s the precise location of Knievel’s attempt, but we do know it involves a long stretch of road, and some pedal-to-the-metal acceleration. The video ends at the precise moment the car launches off the end of the ramp.
We’re left guessing what the specific objective of the jump was, and if it was achieved. Looks like we may have to wait until part two to find that out.