James Bond stunt driver threads rally car down 113-year-old Olympic bobsled track video

Mark Higgins navigates the near-vertical hairpin bend of the Olympia Bob Run in St Mortiz, Switzerland.
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Mark Higgins navigates the near-vertical hairpin bend of the Olympia Bob Run in St Mortiz, Switzerland.

It is perhaps one of the coolest things since Cool Runnings itself, a James Bond stunt driver somehow threading a car down a Olympic bobsled track in the Swiss Alps.

Vehicle manufacturer Subaru released a video on Saturday of Mark Higgins, a rally driver from the Isle of Man, powering his WRX STI down the 113-year-old track in St Moritz last weekend.

While the brave stunt was eventually successful, it did not come without its fair share of hairy moments, highlighted by the car almost flipping as it completed the near-vertical 30-metre long hairpin bend.

Higgins, who has won the British Rally Championship three times and is the four-wheel record holder around the famous Isle of Man TT course, described the experience to caranddriver.com as a "proper rattle".

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"I think I'm gonna have a sore neck tomorrow," he added.

As you might expect, the car Higgins piloted was far from your average machine.

The WRX was not only strengthened on its front corners to withstand the bumpy journey down the track, it was also fitted with stiffer suspension and all-important studded tyres to gain traction on the icy surface.

The famed Olympia Bob Run is also outside the norm.

Said to be the oldest and last remaining natural ice track in the world, the bobsled course is reconstructed every year by the same Italian family and, as a result, changes from year-to-year.

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Bobsled tracks are now almost exclusively made using a concrete base, which is then covered in ice and kept frozen by a built-in refrigeration system.

 - Stuff

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