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MINI Cooper laps Nurburgring on two wheels for record (video)

A MINI has taken out a very unique Nurburgring record overnight after a driver managed to navigate the infamous circuit on just two wheels. That’s right.

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Chinese stuntman Han Yue piloted a MINI Cooper hatchback around the Nordschleife in 45 minutes, live-streamed via Nurburgring’s official Facebook page to over a million people; the first time a Nurburgring record attempt has been live-streamed to the world.

The MINI was fitted with custom-made solid-construction off-road rubber with super tough sidewalls to support the weight, and a hub adapter to ensure a suitable fit.

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Han Yue encountered a problem that saw his rear wheel vibrate violently when the pace rose above 20km/h, meaning that Yue managed the lap with an average speed of just 28km/h. The driver explained:

“At the start of the lap, I got a very strong vibration that has never happened before. It only happened over 20kmh, but it got worse when I drove faster. So this lap was a lot slower than I liked, and that makes it much more difficult. My shoulder was hurting by 6km, with 15km still to go…”

Han Yue’s attempt is undeniably impressive, but not a world record-breaker when it comes to the longest distance travelled on two wheels. Back in 2009, Italian driver Michele Pilia drove an E30 BMW 316 to a Guinness-verified 371.06km in the Italian city of Cagliari. If you have a space 45 minutes you’d like to dispose of, you can check out the MINI doing its thing below.

Die Umrundung der Nordschleife mit einem Mini auf zwei Rädern – der Rekordversuch LIVE.
The lap on the Nordschleife with a Mini o only on two wheels – the attempt for the record. Now live.
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Posted by Nürburgring on Thursday, November 3, 2016

Alexi is a contributing news journalist and junior road tester at PerformanceDrive. He has a passion and appreciation for the engineering in cars, as well as new technologies that lessen the impact on the environment. His dream cars are an M3 to drive to work, and a LaFerrari for the weekend.

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