Mini Countryman backflip Later, this Mini was found right-side up

Of course, Mini filmed the achievement—spoiler alert: the Countryman sticks the landing—and we’ve embedded the video below for your viewing pleasure. Mini doesn’t outline what modifications were made to the Countryman to prep it for upside-down duty, but it appears that a beefy custom solid-axle suspension has been fitted. We also assume the car has a full safety cage.

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Mini’s announcement for the, er, event includes cheeky references to how it “[shows] snowboarders how to nail the perfect backflip.” Entirely made-up conversations we’ve had with several circus workers indicate the video could be used to educate hamsters, monkeys, or even your own children on the same exact thing—so long as they have a scampering/running start. A cushy snow landing ramp is optional, or can be replaced by a trampoline to bounce backflippers into a secondary acrobatic sequence. We now return you to your regularly scheduled automotive programming.

By Alexander Stoklosa