Red Bull Heli Drifting GT86

Drift GT86 takes on Felix Baumgartner’s stunt helicopter

Felix Baumgartner, the man who jumped from the edge of space, has turned aerobatic helicopter pilot – and this new video shows him facing up to a drift-spec GT86 on a track.

The modified GT86 has 1,000bhp under the bonnet, and is driven by Polish rally driver, motorcyclist and drift ace Jakub Przygoński.

Przygoński and Baumgartner create a ballet-like dance in the Red Bull Heli Drifting video, as Baumgartner is tasked with synchronising with the car’s movement in a Bolkov BO105 aerobatic helicopter.

And it was no simple task – Baumgartner said: “Chasing a drift car with a helicopter is like juggling five blades while standing on a slackline.”

Once they’ve proven their skills, the pair negotiate obstacles including a moving jet plane at the closed Debrzno military airport.

Filming the clip was far from straightforward – one shot in particular created a heart-stopping moment when Baumgartner flew close to knock a target from the GT86. Przygoński told “He was so close that he hit the GoPro camera attached to my car. The helicopter was at 160kph about 30cm above my head and if I’m honest it was a pretty scary moment.”

Take a look at the stunning images below before finding out more about the GT86 here.

Jakub Przygoński and Felix Baumgartner Red Bull Heli Drift

Red Bull Heli Drift GT86

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