Technically This Isn't Crashing

I would like to give a shout out to Andreas Mikkelsen, World Rally Championship probably future champion, for this video explainer that technically it’s not crashing if you fly back onto the road.


This clip is from the heady days of the Volkswagen WRC team that ruled the series up until Dieselgate blew its funding into the stone age. It was annoying to watch at the time, since all that ever happened was VW won, but now we can look back on those runs for their crazy dominance and mad driving.


Young Norwegian Andreas was whipping on the tight tarmac Rally Deutschland. He didn’t win the event (his teammate did), but he did put on a show. As Chris Harris put it on Twitter today, “This is commitment. Pure commitment.”

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

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Exhibit B, on the topic of “technically not crashing”: